What was once a sleepy news cycle is now sparking and spitting with a new controversy involving President Trump’s most recent legacy media interview with ABC news. Asked whether he would accept intel on 2020 opponents from a foreign entity, he replied, “I think I’d want to hear it. There’s nothing wrong with listening.”
That did not go over well with the anti-Trumpers. They howled in displaced angst on every media platform while Democratic primary presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and former candidate for U.S. Senate, Beto O’Rourke riled their handful of followers into chanting “impeach,” hoping the Democrat-controlled House would speed up the process.
It’s not an impeachment-worthy offense, to say the least. Nevertheless, the assault from every angle prompted Trump to spend the next 24-hours explaining himself and throwing shade on his hypocritical detractors.
The Inelegant Commentary
There are times when the president proves he is not a master orator. In explanation of his “nothing wrong with listening” answer, he inferred it was akin to holding diplomatic meetings with foreign heads of state. When pressed further, President Trump doubled down:
“I meet and talk to foreign governments every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about Everything! Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again.”
It was an eyebrow-raising comment – his remark about not calling the FBI – which is in direct conflict with what FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress last month: In a nutshell, any suspicious communications from a foreign government regarding, well, anything should be related to the Bureau.
Trump kept gnawing on the bone, “The FBI director is wrong … You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do. Oh, give me a break – life doesn’t work that way.”
Turning the Tables Trump Style
Now on the offense, Trump began a military worthy assault on his Democratic foes, starting with tweeting that Senator Mark Warren (D-VA) “spoke at length, and in great detail” to a fake Russian operative but forgot to pass that along to the FBI or the “Senate Intelligence Committee of which he is a member.”
But the committee brushed off the text messages leaked last year that showed Warner attempted to contact the author of the now debunked Steele 2016 dossier.
The next swipe was aimed at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who some believe was in cahoots with the Russians, claiming he had salacious and compromising photos of Trump. Trump shoved Schiff into oncoming traffic –figuratively speaking, of course – when he tweeted: “When @RepAdamSchiff took calls from … very successfully purporting to be a Russian Operative, did he call the FBI, or even think to call the FBI? NO!”
Democrats Set Up Losing 2020 Defense
Democrat talking points are circulating as Trump’s base appears to be growing heading into the 2020 winner-take-all contest. If their fears are realized with another Make America Great Again victory, the leftist leadership will attempt to resuscitate the argument of foreign interference, discounting the electorate who put the man in the Oval Office, and claim their victory was stolen. It appears the Democrats expect another epic failure.
House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) began the drumbeat with “It is shocking to hear the President say outright that he is willing to put himself in debt to a foreign power.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ominously predicted, “The Russians attacked our elections and @realDonaldTrump is giving them the green light to do it again.”
Do the Democrats ever address the actual facts or just fear monger the propaganda sound bites – many of which have been debunked – that fit their narrative?
It was “much ado about nothing,” as the great Bard once wrote, but the legacy media relished the inelegant interview and the random gotcha questions. How they ever get Trump to agree to a sit down is a mystery. Social media platforms, local news outlets, and cable screamed clickbait headlines like “Trump Welcomes Foreign Interference in 2020.”
But the president had an answer to that as well after he clarified that “listening” would do no harm: “With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the part that matters.”
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