Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump’s SOTU attacks on investigations look like a desperate Hail Mary to escape political doom

Published

on

The most memorable line from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was his warning to Democrats that he would not work with them on legislation unless they agreed to drop investigations into his administration.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” the president said on Tuesday. “It just doesn’t work that way!”

ADVERTISEMENT

So far, it looks like many Democrats and other political observers are laughing off Trump’s warning as a desperate Hail Mary pass to avoid meeting his political doom.

MSNBC’s Steve Benen, for instance, observes that the president’s decision to attack investigations in his State of the Union shows that “Donald Trump is afraid of what investigations might produce.”

Republican strategist Rick Wilson, meanwhile, writes that Trump’s pleas to not investigate him are a sign of obvious desperation that demonstrate just how much he is worried about what the multiple probes swirling around him and his associates will turn up.

“Trump knows his legal peril grows by the day, and he’s struggling to pry it off him while there might still be time,” Wilson writes. “Robert Mueller wasn’t in the House chamber tonight, but Trump’s odd performance and shambolic affect tells you the president felt the special counsel’s presence.”

Similarly, Trump’s political opponents did not appear to be fazed by the president’s threats to veto their legislation unless they backed off investigating him.

ADVERTISEMENT

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) literally laughed off Trump’s warning during a CNN appearance on Wednesday.

“He’s scared — he’s got something to hide!” Schumer told CNN’s John Berman. “Because if he had nothing to hide, he’d just shrug his shoulders and let these investigations go forward.”

If Trump seriously hoped he could scare off investigators with threats during his big speech on Tuesday, the reaction so far indicates his plan is backfiring.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

Published

on

Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

Published

on

As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Florida outbreak is ‘much worse’ than Gov. DeSantis is letting on: Former COVID-19 data chief

Published

on

Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist who in May claimed that she was fired for refusing to manipulate state coronavirus data to meet the Republican governor's reopening criteria, has issued a new warning: The ongoing outbreak is "much, much worse" than it has been painted by the administration.In a Monday interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, Jones, who built the state government's coronavirus data portal, identified a number of failures since she left her state job. Florida recently posted the highest daily caseload in a single day across all 50 U.S. states.
Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image