The New York Times published an interview on 5/4/2019, with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. In it, she says that she doesn’t trust Donald Trump to step down if he loses the 2020 election with anything less than an indisputably wide margin.
Many are shocked that this is not the #1 news story. I am shocked it’s garnered any attention at all. Why is anyone surprised?
When Michael Cohen, who knows Donald Trump better than most, testified before the House Oversight Committee, on February 27, 2019, he said:
”Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power…”
No one batted an eye.
Trump refusing to step down isn’t our biggest worry. Speaker Pelosi also expressed concern that Trump might steal the 2020 election. Trump pillaged 2016 without consequences. Of course, he will steal the 2020 election.
The prospect of winning the election, against a party that’s cheating, is a challenge Democrats do not appear to be planning to fight realistically.
Russia’s role in Trump’s stunning 2016 ”win” is not a secret on Russian TV. They joke of a repeat in 2020.
What has been done to secure the election? Nothing.
Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell have fought every attempt to overhaul election security, ignoring money designated for just that.
$380 million was allocated to be used in that effort; a fraction has been spent, and that which has been spent was in purchasing machines, that can change votes after they’ve been cast, on paper ballots.
The presidency is keeping Donald Trump out of jail. He will contest election results no matter the margin of loss.
What kind of president calls an investigation a coup? Trump is a dictator, and dictators don’t step down. Appeasing him, and waiting this term out, is not the right strategy for the situation in which we find ourselves.
The longer Trump is in office, the more time McConnell has to stack the courts and block reform. The Senate has just confirmed Trump’s 100th judicial nominee, while we wait for 2020.
Nancy Pelosi’s passive plan is the result of current polls that show a majority of Americans do not want impeachment. She also cites Mitch McConnell’s tireless efforts to protect Trump as her reason not to start impeachment hearings. McConnell will stop proceedings when they reach the Senate unless there is overwhelming public support.
I respect Pelosi, and I can see the impossible position she’s in, but her plan doesn’t make sense to me. Waiting for 2020, hoping Putin will let someone other than Trump win, and by a landslide, is a fools bet. Democrats only have the majority in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi wants Democrats to win support by not veering too far left; stay center, focus on healthcare and jobs; this is her strategy to sway the masses.
A majority of Americans have tuned out the news. The only way to get public support is to get the public’s attention. Pelosi’s plan is too deferential to wake America up. Public support will come with full disclosure of Trump’s crimes.
We need public outcry to sway the Senate. Garnering the kind of public approval that will convince Republican senators to vote to impeach can only be achieved with televised impeachment hearings. Impeachment must start now. Trump cannot be trusted to run a fair election. He spent an hour on the phone with Putin on Friday. Who believes they didn’t discuss election strategy?
I hope I’m wrong, but I believe Speaker Pelosi’s plan to win a fair election, by a landslide, in 2020, against cheats and traitors, is like having a life plan based on winning the lottery, and I can tell you, that doesn’t work.
Bob Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary committee on May 15, maybe that will be enough to win over the masses.
Whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, urge your House Representatives to vote for resolution 257 to give the House Judiciary Committee the authority to hold televised impeachment hearings, call them: 202-224-3121.