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Bracing for a Biden Impeachment over Israel Games

Does Democrat precedent lay the foundation?

An attempt to impeach President Joe Biden is on the table after the commander-in-chief vowed to hold back weapons that would help Israel in its push to remove Hamas from Rafah. Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) announced Thursday, May 9, that articles of impeachment are being prepared over Biden’s decision to withhold military aid for what he alleges are political purposes.

“These are the same accusations made against President Trump, which resulted in his impeachment by Democrats. The same must happen for Joe Biden, which is why we’re drawing up articles of impeachment now,” Mills said. And while there are no doubt significant differences in the actions of the current and former presidents, Democrats set a precedent when they impeached Donald Trump over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which they may come to regret.

Impeachment or Bust

Mills is not alone in his impeachment quest. Posting on X, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) wrote: “The House has no choice but to impeach Biden based on the Trump-Ukraine precedent of withholding foreign aid to help with reelection… Only with Biden, it’s true.”

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) expanded the theme, saying:

“Given Democrats’ Trump-Ukraine precedent, President Biden’s decision to withhold lethal aid to our ally, Israel, for political gain is undoubtedly an impeachable offense. Clearly, the nefarious motive behind our commander in chief’s move to condition U.S. aid to Israel is to appease radical leftists and Hamas sympathizers ahead of the 2024 election… The House must immediately open an impeachment inquiry due to the president’s disastrous decision to play politics with national security.”

Indiana Representative Jim Banks – who is still involved in his impeachment investigation into the Biden family influence scheme – pointed out that this was only made possible by actions taken against the former president. “The Democrats made their bed, and now they’re [lying] in it,” he argued. “This is just the latest on a long list of reasons to impeach Biden, including the deadline withdrawal in Afghanistan and allowing more than 9 million illegal immigrants to invade our southern border.”

The Democrat Narrative

Naturally, Democrats and their media advocates are involved in a full-court press to explain why Biden’s decision to withdraw aid that has been committed by the US House of Representatives was not only not political, but also a smart move.

White House National Security Adviser John Kirby set out the administration’s position, saying, “The president and his team have been clear for several weeks that we do not support a major ground operation in Rafah, where more than a million people are sheltering with nowhere safe to go.” He continued:

“We propose alternative methods of defeating Hamas that do not involve a major ground operation in Rafah. Those conversations with the Israeli government are ongoing. The president said [May 8] that if Israel in fact proceeds with a major ground operation in Rafah, he will not provide certain categories of weapons to support such an operation. The Israeli government has understood this for some time now.”

Kirby then took the narrative one step further, arguing that an attack on Rafah by the Israeli military would only be of benefit to the Hamas terrorists: “Any kind of major Rafah ground operation would actually strengthen Hamas’s hands at the negotiating table, not Israel’s. That’s our view.”

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller echoed Kirby’s position, arguing an assault on the region would “actually weaken … Israel’s security.”

But where would such a narrative be without the Fourth Estate to bolster it?

Former White House Press Secretary turned news host Jen Psaki argued on CBS that Biden should have stopped military aid even sooner. She told host Stephen Colbert, “I do think that there’s some leverage we’re all seeing being used. Should it have been used earlier? I think the answer is yes to that.”

Politics Is in the Eye of the Beholder

President Joe Biden is struggling in the polls; his approval ratings remain at a low ebb – with little sign of an improving flow – and attacks on his presidency are now coming from the left rather than just the right. The campus protests, the far-left progressives who claim the retaliation against Hamas is akin to genocide, and a significant chunk of traditionally Democrat-voting Muslim and Arab Americans are coming together to create an electoral danger zone for the incumbent.

If Joe Biden thought that chasing down Hamas was a bad idea, why would he have pushed so stridently for the aid package in the first place? That and other questions will need to be answered before Election Day. And if the impetus for impeachment increases, he may have to answer them a whole lot sooner.

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