There are several ways that we can expect the left to oppose President Trump. One way is for Democratic congressmen and senators to vote against Republican bills. However, unless the Democrats can pull some Republicans to their side of the issues, this will have no effect due to Republican majorities in both houses of Congress.
Another way is to attack the policies of the president in order to make it more unpalatable for Republicans to support those policies, in which case any legislation in support of those policies might not even make it to a vote. They will try this, but any successes will be very limited.
Yet another approach would be a direct assault on the legitimacy and integrity of President Trump himself with the goal of making him so politically unattractive that enough Republican legislators will abandon him leaving his agenda to flounder. While all of these techniques are in play, it’s that last one that Democratic leaders and their allies in the media are vigorously pursuing now.
The legitimacy of the Trump presidency was attacked by the left beginning with the night of President Trump’s election. It seems like it will be a tactic used by liberals for as long as they can get some mileage out of it. Taken to its extreme, this technique calls for the impeachment of President Trump. Whether Democratic leadership thinks they actually have a chance of impeaching Mr. Trump, or whether they are just trying to find something to stop his progress remains unknown, although it’s clear that without some Republican support, impeachment remains just so much talk.
And talk is what they are doing: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump has misled the public to a degree that ‘there are plenty of grounds right now for the current president’ to be impeached. But the public is not fully on board yet, Pelosi said, because ‘many of the president’s supporters are not ready to accept the fact that their judgement may not have been so great in voting for him.'”
Mrs. Pelosi neither specifies what grounds for impeachment she believes exist nor does she describe a way forward for such a move. Hence, this is empty talk. That said, she did take a swipe at President Trump’s supporters by claiming that they have yet to accept that they used poor judgement in voting for Mr. Trump.
All of this is a prelude to the president’s address to Congress on Tuesday night. In other words, they are attempting to attack the speech before it has been made. Of course, this comes as no surprise as the Democrats are desperate to do anything to slow down President Trump.
This preemptive strike on the president can be seen when, “Pelosi appeared alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where the two eviscerated Trump’s first month in office, and compared it unfavorably to President Obama’s quick passage of a $1 trillion stimulus bill shortly after he became president in 2009. They also downplayed Trump’s planned joint address on Tuesday night as, essentially, a big lie.”
A reporter asked Mrs. Pelosi why she has not called for impeachment proceedings to begin given the alleged evidence to support such an action. Her reply was interesting. “Pelosi said she ‘never recovered with the left on this subject for not impeaching President Bush,’ over the war in Iraq.” That remark takes a lot of gall to make given the prominent Democrats who supported that war. This is further support for the position that her impeachment talk is just political theater.
Things will be very ugly in Washington. The 2016 elections were very unkind to the Democrats. They’ve lost their momentum and do not control the levels of power in Congress or at the White House. Right now there is not much they can do other than attempt to obstruct President Trump, and look for issues they can distort to their own benefit. Insinuating that Mr. Trump has committed impeachable offenses just shows how desperate they have become.
Source: Washington Examiner