As the House is gearing up to debate and vote on Articles of Impeachment that seem destined to make President Trump only the fourth president in our nation’s history to undergo the process, President Trump has called upon his considerable charm and personal warmth to make an eleventh hour plea for Nancy Pelosi it end the madness. Just minutes ago, a conciliatory six-page letter was dispatched from the White House to House Speaker. (Read the whole letter.)
Dear Madam Speaker:
I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.
The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!
By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy. You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme-yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build. Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying “I pray for the President,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing , but you will have to live with it, not I!
Everyone, you included, knows what is really happening. Your chosen candidate lost the election in 2016, in an Electoral College landslide (306-227), and you and your party have never recovered from this defeat. You have developed a full-fledged case of what many in the media call Trump Derangement Syndrome and sadly, you will never get over it! You are unwilling and unable to accept the verdict issued at the ballot box during the great Election of 2016. So you have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify their votes. You view democracy as your enemy!
There is nothing I would rather do than stop referring to your party as the Do-Nothing Democrats. Unfortunately , I don ‘ t know that you will ever give me a chance to do so.
After three years of unfair and unwarranted investigations, 45 million dollars spent, 18 angry Democrat prosecutors, the entire force of the FBI, headed by leadership now proven to be totally incompetent and corrupt, you have found NOTHING! Few people in high position could have endured or passed this test. You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family. You conducted a fake investigation upon the democratically elected President of the United States, and you are doing it yet again.
More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials .
This is nothing more than an illegal , partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment , badly fail at the voting booth. You are not just after me, as President, you are after the entire Republican Party. But because of this colossal injustice , our party is more united than it has ever been before. History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade.
Your legacy will be that of turning the House of Representati ves from a revered legislative body into a Star Chamber of partisan persecution.
Perhaps most insulting of all is your false display of solemnity. You apparently have so little respect for the American People that you expect them to believe that you are approaching this impeachment somberly, reservedly, and reluctantly. No intelligent person believes what you are saying. Since the moment I won the election, the Democrat Party has been possessed by Impeachment Fever. There is no reticence . This is not a somber affair. You are making a mockery of impeachment and you are scarcely concealing your hatred of me, of the Republican Party, and tens of millions of patriotic Americans. The voters are wise , and they are seeing straight through this empty, hollow, and dangerous game you are playing.
I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election. They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of power.
There is far too much that needs to be done to imp rove the lives of our citizens. It is time for you and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy and get back to work for the American People. While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record.
Hell, I was convinced, I can’t imagine that Pelosi won’t see the error of her ways and just stop this nonsense right now.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and an angry letter is just an angry letter. Sometimes, however, there is a deeper play. The House, allegedly, will vote on Articles of Impeachment tomorrow. But, as they vote, this letter will also be front and center on the news and being discussed. I delete the parts where Trump goes into a detailed defense of his actions, mostly because it did not amuse me to use them, but that explanation will be considered and talked about. Trump has done a very solid job of establishing a frame of reference for what he did and how he sees the entire process. At some point the Democrats will have to answer these points and use some of their energy talking about Trump’s points. They can dismiss them if they want, but they will still have to talk about them. He’s also appealing to his base who really want to see him start punching back at impeachment.
The Twitter blue checkmark brigade, the same people who ate up every tidbit the FBI leaked on the Russia Hoax over the past three years, are all a-titter:
Well this is a batshit new letter from Trump to Pelosi.
"It is time for you… to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy."
"More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials."
6 pages! https://t.co/RdpZrpum7a
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 17, 2019
Trump to Pelosi: "You are unwilling … to accept the verdict issued at the ballot box during the great Election of 2016. So you have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify their votes. You view democracy as your enemy!"
— Philip Bump (@pbump) December 17, 2019
I think in the long term they will find that it is Trump laughing.