Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Impeachment as Media/Democratic Interference With the 2020 Presidential Election

October 5, 2019 --

First, this observation from The Wall Street Journal, in its September 24 editorial, "The Impeachment Congress" --

"Most Democrats and most of the media have never accepted Mr. Trump as a legitimate President. They can't believe 63 million Americans voted for him over their nominee, Hillary Clinton, so they have looked every day since Election Night in 2016 for some reason to expel him from office."

The latest excuse to seek President Trump's ouster is what LPR will call "Bidengate," that is, the president's request to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe Biden's demand that the Ukraine prosecutor probing Burisma Holdings, Ukraine's largest energy producer, be dismissed, or Ukraine will not get one billion dollars in loan guarantees from the Obama administration. Mr. Biden had been named by President Obama to take charge of U.S. policy on Ukraine, and his son Hunter, in April 2014 was put on the Burisma board and was receiving, by some accounts, $50 thousand a month. After the vice president made his threat, the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin was dismissed and the investigation into possible corruption at Burisma ended. After President Viktor Yanukobvych was forced from office, February 2014, officials in the Obama administration were reported to be concerned about corruption in Ukraine. Democrats apparently regard similar concern from President Trump an excuse tp interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Another way of looking at this -- the Democrats asserting that no one, except a Democrat, is above the law.

In his July 25 phone conversation with President Zelensky, Mr. Trump told the Ukraine leader, "There's a lot talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution [of Burisma] and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General [William Barr] would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it...It sounds horrible to me." [Quoting from the memo of the Trump-Zelensky phone conversation made public September 25.] Earlier in the conversation, Mr. Zelensky mentioned that an assistant had spoken with Rudy Giuliani, and before the conversation ended, Mr. Trump said that he will have Mr. Giuliani and Attorney General Barr call "and we will get to the bottom of it." President Trump added, "I'm sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he ws a very fair prosecutor so good luck with everything...."

The Democrats have reacted to this phone conversation, and a complaint related to it brought by an person, whose identity is unknown as of September 26, by accusing President Trump of employing foreign sources to interfere in the 2020 election.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman accused President Trump of acting in "a classic mafia--like" way. Even prior to release of the memo of the July 25 Trump-Zelensky phone conversation, cited reports of the Trump-Zelensky phone conversation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her approval of an impeachment inquiry--but without taking a vote in the House of Representatives to authorizing such an inquiry. (The two presidents met at the UN, September 25, and President Zelensky said "'Nobody pushed me.'")

It would seem to LPR that if a simple request by the American president to a foreign leader to investigate corruption can be deemed interference in an election, what can't be deemed interference? Accordingly, considering the hatred the Democrats and media have for President Trump, the call for impeaching Mr. Trump can be termed domestic interference in the election. LPR here offers two examples of the
left's anti-Trump mindset: 1) During the 2016 presidential campaign, David Plouffe, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, was quoted by The New York Times as having said of Donald Trump, "'He must be destroyed thoroughly. His kind must not rise again."' 2) In an August 21, 2016 editorial, "How Can America Recover From Donald Trump," The New York Times asserted: "It could be that the polls are right, and Mr. Trump will go down in flames. But while that will solve an immediate problem, a larger one will remain. The message of hatred and paranoia that is inciting millions of voters will outlast the messenger. The toxic effects of Trumpism will have to be addressed."

LPR contends that the left's refusal to accept the legitimacy of the Trump presidency is at the core of the impeachment move,and is intended to destroy thoroughly the president's chances for re-election, not to mention those "toxic effects of Trumpism, " which apparently are whatever The New York Times says they are. LPR calls it a formula intended to undermine U.S. democracy.