President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with the headline that reads “ACQUITTED” at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Well, against almost insurmountable odds (again), Donald Trump has succeeded (again). He was formally acquitted Wednesday of the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress (whatever that is), and he took it in stride, giving a truly inspiring SOTU address the day before, and remarks on the acquittal itself the day after.
He wouldn’t be Donald Trump if didn’t gloat just a little bit by holding up the day’s newspaper with the headline of his acquittal in bold and for posterity.
But I personally have come to understand that tendency, especially having followed the Russian collusion hoax fairly closely (the overthrow Trump referred to in his post-acquittal remarks). Because I believe if a group of people had engaged in the level of corruption that has been revealed by the FISA report testimony, and that will likely become even clearer with Durham’s forthcoming report, tried and failed to destroy me with impeachment, I might gloat a little at their loss, too.
But there’s another reason they went all in on impeachment; which is to say, it wasn’t simply to create a counter-narrative to corruption: they were hoping to set a precedent that impeachment could be used to settle policy disagreements, and to essentially do an end-run around the Constitution.
You see, a great deal of the progressive Democrat agenda relies on an activist bench that will be willing to uphold their extra-constitutional (if not outright unconstitutional) policy ideas. That includes ones that already exists like the “right” to abortion, and ones to come, like the “right” to health care.
Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader “Cocaine” Mitch McConnell have confirmed over 190 federal judges to the bench (5 following acquittal itself in a hilarious display of “back to work!” mentality). And these judges are the opposite of activist judges: they’re constitutionalists, textualists, originalists. They’ll interpret the law as it applies to that document.
And that is part of why the progressive Democrats needed to at least try and get rid of the man who they believe never should have crossed the threshold of the Oval Office to begin with.
There are other reasons, too. Flipping the Senate, for example. But the point is, the Democrats have spent the last four years doing nothing else but trying to oust the guy that won. Is that fulfilling their mandate as legislators? (Of course it’s not.)
I cover all this on the show this week, as well as offer a review of Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace” (not my favorite thing he’s ever done – trailer below); and introduce the career and mystery surrounding Ashley Boone Jr. for Black History Month. He’s a huge part of the “Star Wars” story that almost no one’s heard of. And that’s a bit unconscionable, really.