As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) observed about House impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff he didn’t have much of a case.
If you have the facts, you bang the facts.
If you have the law, you bang the law.
If you don't have either, you bang the table.
Today, we've seen a whole lot of table banging. pic.twitter.com/ez6HZtvu7y
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 22, 2020
In addition to pounding the table verbally, he tried to gussy up his deficient case by resorting to history and citing the Founders.
Except, as with everything else with Schiff, he distorts, as Trump attorney, Jay Sekulow pointed out.
Sekulow pointed out that a quote Schiff used from Alexander Hamilton to justify impeaching President Donald Trump was used incorrectly
From Fox News:
Speaking to reporters after the second day of Democrats’ opening arguments, Sekulow said Thursday that the Hamilton quote, which comes from a letter he sent to George Washington as Treasury secretary in 1792, primarily discussing the national debt, was “completely out of place.”
“Both Sen. [Chuck] Schumer and yesterday, as well, Congressman [Adam] Schiff, used this famous quote from Alexander Hamilton about impeachment,” Sekulow said. “It wasn’t about impeachment. It was a letter regarding policy disputes between Hamilton and Washington five years after the Constitution was adopted.”
Sekulow continued: “So they’re not only taking the wrong law, they’re taking the wrong quotes from the founding fathers.”
Perhaps that’s apropos since there’s really no impeachable issue and it’s all about policy, about getting Trump out so they can grab power.
Here’s the quote in question:
“When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanor—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind,'” Hamilton wrote.
The Democrats note that Framers warned against monarchy and that’s true, but they also specifically warned against what Schiff and the Democrats have been doing, a political impeachment. By doing this they have completely distorted the intent of the Constitution. If anything, the quote is a projection, because it’s been the Democrats making a naked power grab to undermine a president they couldn’t and can’t beat at the ballot box.
So they may not really want to quote from the Framers when they are so sullying the Framer’s basic intent for impeachment by their actions.