Trump, Biden, and Ukraine

We always knew he’d do this — concoct some phony lie to smear Biden. Reprising his “crooked Hillary” shtick, while Trump himself was the crookedest ever.

Worse yet, his Biden smear is actually of a piece with his own abuse of power. Trying to get a foreign leader to help mess up his political opponent. While $250 million in aid was under suspension — on Trump’s own order, right before his phone call with Ukraine’s president. Even if the aid wasn’t explicitly a quid pro quo for smearing Biden, bringing up the latter (reportedly eight times) in that phone call was still totally improper. Abusing foreign policy like this is arguably treasonous. Compounded by refusing to give Congress the whistleblower’s complaint about it, as the law expressly requires. And of course, while insisting the phone conversation was perfectly fine, Trump refuses to release a transcript.

For the record, there’s not a shred of evidence suggesting Biden or his son did anything corrupt with respect to Ukraine. And notice Trump never actually specifies the supposed misdeed. But that doesn’t stop the Great Liar from spewing out against Biden his usual hyperbolic imprecations — “disgusting,” “disgraceful,” and so forth. While accusing the whistleblower of political bias, and of course the press too, when it won’t swallow his bilge, instead starting another “witch hunt” against him. Trump even said that in a fair system, Biden would get the electric chair. He actually said this.

Enough. I have opposed impeachment because it would politically backfire, allowing Trump to crow vindication when the craven Republican Senate refuses to convict him. But if Trump’s manifest malfeasances don’t incur the Constitution’s impeachment remedy, then that’s a dead letter; our democratic system wrecked by extreme partisanship. Let it be on Republicans’ heads.

Is it possible there are still Americans so blinded by partisan tribalism they cannot distinguish between a thoroughly decent, honest, public-spirited human being like Biden, and the scum of the earth that is Trump?

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2 Responses to “Trump, Biden, and Ukraine”

  1. cocobiskits Says:

    Hyberbole aside (on both sides of this) it is entirely usual for people in power to talk with each, do business with each other, it is the way that the world works. On the one hand a candidate is accused of doing something nefarious and on the other, a candidate is absolved for similar acts. Rational?

  2. Lee Says:

    Just when we thought there was a chance to get gun control for semi-automatic weapons, the news started talking about Trump’s wanting to purchase Greenland. And just this weekend the news was covering global climate change in a way they hadn’t ever before. But now we are instead talking about impeachment. I’d much rather be talking about global climate change than impeachment.

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