Editor’s note: Each Sunday, the chattering class fills American airwaves with the thoughts and opinions of Washington’s most powerful Swamp-dwellers. Often these interviews make headlines and inform the public about what to expect in the coming week. If you want to stay informed but don’t have the time to devote to all the political punditry, there is hope. Liberty Nation author Kelli Ballard sifts through the shows for you and presents the high and lowlights in this weekly column.
This week’s theme centered on smashing the president with anti-Trump guests, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), plus a look at the most trusted world leaders and where Donald Trump sits.
This Week With George Stephanopoulos – ABC
None other than Madam Secretary Pelosi joined Stephanopoulos to explain the need for impeachment, throwing in a few digs at the president. She affirmed the House will send articles of impeachment to the Senate, possibly as early as this week. The reason for holding on to them for so long? “We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses,” she claimed.
The host commented that the Republicans wanted to follow the Bill Clinton model of the impeachment process, whereby they spent a couple of weeks of presentation and then voted on whether to have witnesses. “Why isn’t that fair now?” he asked.
Pelosi opined, “It isn’t the same thing. There are at least six reasons, and I could take the whole program going on how it is different.” Rather than give her the floor for the entire segment, Stephanopoulos asked her to identify the biggest reason. “The witnesses were all deposed,” she answered. “The president had not allowed the witnesses to be deposed for the House or the Senate yet.”
The House Speaker had a few choice words for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), too. Just last week McConnell voted to dismiss the impeachment case. “Dismissing is a coverup,” she accused. “We have confidence in our case that it is impeachable, and this president is impeached for life regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell.”
True to form, Pelosi’s stuttered answers left some guessing at her meaning. For instance, when she said, “We want the American people to see the truth, and why are they are afraid of the truth?” She might have been talking about the Republicans, but then she could have been calling out the people. Who knows?
Just before the show started, the president sent a tweet imploring the host to ask specific questions of his guest. “George @ GStephanopoulos, ask Crazy Nancy why she allowed Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff to totally make up my conversation with the Ukrainian President & read his false words to Congress and the world, as though I said it? He got caught! Ask why hearing was most unfair & biased in history?”
And how did Pelosi respond?
“It’s Sunday morning. I’d like to talk about some more pleasant subjects than the erratic nature of this president of the United States. What he has to know, every knock from him is a boost … I don’t like to spend too much time on his crazy tweets because everything he says is a projection. When he calls somebody crazy, he knows that he is. Everything he says you can just translate it back to who he is. But again, it’s Sunday morning, let’s be optimistic about the future. A future that will not have Donald Trump in the White House, one way or another. Ten months from now we will have an election if we don’t have him removed sooner. But again, he will be impeached, forever.”
Meet the Press – NBC
NBC’s weekend roundup consisted of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who is against military involvement with Iran, and even though he tried to say he supports the president and believes he has been very cautious using his presidential powers, the conversation kept being steered into the negative aspects. They then went on to talk about a recent Pew Research Center report, saying that people trust Vladimir Putin more than Donald Trump.
Most trusted world leaders:
- Angela Merkel (Germany): 46%
- Emmanuel Macron (France): 41%
- Vladimir Putin (Russia): 33%
- Donald Trump (U.S.A.): 29%
Face the Nation – CBS
CBS allowed Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to speak positively about the president – before going on to Face the Nation’s other guests, all anti-Trump, of course. Lee explained that the Gang of 8 (the eight individuals who were briefed after the assassination of Iran’s terrorist general) might not have gotten all the information they wanted, but that this wasn’t the fault of the president.
Schiff was then interviewed and said, “In the view of the briefers, there was plotting, there was an effort to escalate the big plan, but they didn’t have specificity. So when you hear the president out there on Fox, he is fudging the intelligence.” Some powerful keywords there: “Plotting” and “escalate” invoke the imagination and send thoughts scattering to conspiracy theories. Schiff basically called Trump a liar, inviting the American people to think that the drone attack was done without warrant on a man already responsible for ending and injuring hundreds of American lives.
Another portion of the segment had former Secretary of State John Kerry going to bat for the Joe Biden campaign. Most of his interview focused on how qualified he believes “creepy uncle” is as the country’s next commander and chief, claiming the former vice president’s experience with foreign policy as the number one reason.
When asked about Trump’s tweet saying the former administration helped Iran to fund terrorists, Kerry argued, “The president’s tweet was a lie.”
Stay tuned next week to see what innovative ways the left conjures to misdirect and mislead the public.
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