The Nancy Pelosi we saw Wednesday was the Sad Nancy: covered in funereal black as if to pronounce an official period of (fake) mourning. She dressed to convey a deep, profound (profoundly fake) sadness brought on by the (fake) notion that Congress had been given “no choice” but to shamelessly lie, manufacture evidence, ignore due process and twist the procedural rules to impeach the President of the United States. Nancy’s hair and make-up were camera-perfect for this important day, the mascara no doubt waterproof to stand up to crocodile tears. This, not the day she marched with gavel in hand to celebrate passage of Obamacare, would be the day she would go down in history for, and she had to look appropriately somber and serious.
But the Pelosi we saw the following day was the Glad Nancy: decked out like a fire engine in eye-popping Christmas red, celebrating the culmination of literally years of work to impeach the President. She had done what was required of her by the far-leftists running her party and thus would surely keep her job as Speaker, at least until the Republicans take back the House in a landslide in 2020. (Yes, after all this insanity I do think that will happen.) Most actual periods of mourning last at least a few months; this one lasted less than 24 hours.
Repeating "fake news"
One thing that my research staff and I are scrupulous about is not repeating “fake news.” One “tell” that sets off our radar is when an alleged quote seems to perfectly reflect exactly what someone’s opponents think of him. That's just too perfect. If politicians told you what they were really thinking, they wouldn’t be politicians. For instance, just imagine Nancy Pelosi dropping her “I’m so sad I have no choice but to impeach the President (whom I pray for daily), but I just revere the Constitution so much” act and being honest. I know, bad example: nobody can imagine Nancy Pelosi being honest.
I see this all the time in liberal media. Many of the most repeated quotes used to slam President Trump, from “very fine people among the neo-Nazis” to “all Mexicans are criminals,” are deliberately bogus misquotations that have been repeated until they’re holy writ on the left. They fervently believe, and are very passionately upset about, things that simply aren’t true. That’s why I don’t want to see that happen on the right.
That brings us to this story: It’s being widely repeated that Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn said about Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, “Let’s give him a fair trial and hang him.” That would be especially shocking, considering Clyburn is African-American. In fact, he did say those words in that order, but it’s lifted completely out of context.
What he actually told CNN is that if the Senate knows they’ll exonerate Trump before even holding a trial, it would be the equivalent of “Let’s give him a fair trial and hang him,” only the opposite. You can certainly argue that House members have no business telling the Senate how to define a “fair” trial, or that there’s no reason for a trial when you’re presented with “evidence” that’s obviously biased, unconvincing and unsullied by facts (that would actually be the equivalent of a judge dismissing a case for lack of evidence or prosecutorial misconduct.) As the linked article notes, it’s also ironic that what Clyburn described (“Let’s give Trump a fair trial and then hang him”) is exactly the attitude displayed by House Democrats over the past month or so.
Still, he did not say that Trump should get a fair trial and then be hanged. The Democrats are saying plenty of crazy and outrageous things for real these days; our side don’t need to make up any more.
I hope that any liberals who read this will note the space I devoted to correcting a misleading, out-of-context quote from the other side. Now, it’s your turn. Better get cracking; you have an awful lot of correctin’ to do.
##Appellation##, I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
I’ve already written about how House Democrats hoped to stain Trump with the word “Impeached,” but only succeeded in blowing up the dye pack in their own faces and marking themselves as so radically partisan, immature and unserious that they aren’t worthy of holding their offices. Many commentators have also referenced appropriate quotes, such as “When you strike at a king, you must kill him” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) and “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine” (Obi Wan Kenobi.) Well, there’s already evidence that they strike at Trump is only making him stronger.
While the Democrats were beclowning themselves on live TV, Trump supporters were rallying to his side, joined by a lot of new people who hadn’t been paying attention until now, and are apparently outraged by the unfairness shown to the President (and by seeing just what an overstuffed clown car the Democrats have become.)
Just since the impeachment circus began, Trump’s campaign has received a stunning $5 million in donations. As the Dems were leaping to conclusions in their kangaroo court, the Republican National Committee raked in over $20 million in November alone, giving them $63.2 million cash on hand, the most since just before the 2012 election. The DNC hasn’t reported its November numbers yet, but in October, they had just $8.7 million cash on hand and $7 million in debt.
Also, remember all those polls claiming that Trump would lose to every Democrat if the election were held today? Well,the Democrats should've tried to get the election held before they started their "impeachment" push because ever since, Trump has been surging. In the latest You Gov/Economist "electability" poll (asking voters who they expect to win), as of today, he's now leading Biden by 6 points,Sanders by 26, Warren by 30 and Buttigieg by 41.
Investors also shrugged off "impeachment," with US markets hitting another all-time high the very next day, on the assumption that the Democrats' mighty blow against the evil Trump is a "non-event."
At this rate, the Trump campaign might have to think of a really nice Christmas gift to send Nancy Pelosi. Considering the state of her home district, how about a designer hazmat suit?
Two brief observations on Thursday's Democratic Presidential Debate:
There was a proposal that the government should pay to move people who have beachfront homes away from (thus far undetectable) rising tides due to climate change. Haven’t the taxpayers given enough money to Barack Obama and Al Gore already?
In three long hours, the most memorable line said by anyone was a tweet from the Trump War Room, warning PBS
viewers that the debate might be listed on their TV guides as an episode of “Antiques Roadshow.”
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."
- Acts 16:25
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