As my RedState colleague Nick Arama wrote this morning, House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) admitted on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday during the impeachment trial that President Trump’s political fate cannot be decided at the ballot box.
To recap, here’s what he said verbatim:
“As we will discuss, impeachment exists for cases in which the conduct of the president rises beyond mere policies, disputes to be decided otherwise, and without urgency at the ballot box. Instead, we are here today to consider a much more grave matter and that is an attempt to use the powers of the presidency to cheat in an election. For precisely this reason, the president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”
"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won."
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 22, 2020
That Democrats have long felt that the 2020 presidential election should not be decided at the ballot box is not new news. In fact, it is well-documented. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and other House Democratic leaders have all made accidental admissions about how “urgent” it is that Trump be impeached and removed from office, supposedly in the interests of “preserving electoral integrity.”
But to hear one of the lead House impeachment managers admitting to it while in the midst of giving his opening statement during the impeachment trial was quite stunning.
Fox News Special Report host Bret Baier, who is no stranger when it comes to committing actual journalism, saw the clip and asked questions about Schiff’s comments that journalists who are
salivating over reporting on his performance won’t:
🤔. So does this mean voters should never trust the vote anymore? They can only trust lawmakers to decide when a President crosses the line to get kicked out—& What qualifies to kick out that President? And only those lawmakers can do it? Not voters? Ever? https://t.co/V4tmgAdDXQ
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 23, 2020
Those truly are the questions of the day. For the entirety of Trump’s presidency, really, when you consider the relentless push from Democrats since day one to impeach.