Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) drew groans as he tried to defend President Donald Trump from the threat of impeachment in a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced Thursday the committee was investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment, although he set aside debate over the “nomenclature” of what to call the constitutional process, and Gaetz complained the inquiry was a waste of time.
“If we zoom out a little bit and ask ourselves why we’re here, it may be important to note that throughout all of the majority’s theatrics, they have failed to move the needle at all when it comes to the people of this country,” Gaetz said.
He cited a Monmouth University poll from late last month showing only 35 percent of Americans supported impeachment, compared with 59 percent who opposed, and Gaetz said Democrats had failed to make their case.
“If we just check the scoreboard, my friends, we’ll find that you’re losing and you’re not making up any ground despite the fact that over and over again you try to smear the president of the United States with false accusations,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz said he wasn’t sure what to call the Trump inquiry, and dismissed the process with anti-LGBT slurs.
“I’ve called it impeachment in drag because we’ve sort of dressed up impeachment like an oversight hearing,” Gaetz said. “Perhaps it’s low-T energy impeachment or low-energy impeachment.”
The Florida Republican then drew groans by suggesting that Nadler was afraid of being primaried from the left.
“I would hope, at least, that these proceedings are not more about the chairman’s upcoming primary challenge than about the important work of the committee and about the country,” Gaetz said. “Moan and groan all you want, we’ve got circumstances here where you guys can’t move the country. You don’t have any support for this endeavor and we lurch along — it’s like a ‘Seinfeld’ hearing. It’s a hearing about nothing.”
Is corporate media creating a misleading impression of voter sentiment? 91 percent of Nevada Dem voters said ‘no’
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The analysis below should give you pause whether you think Sanders is, and should be, a shoo-in to beat Trump or you fear that a Sanders nomination will ensure a second Trump term and a romp by Republican Congressional candidates.
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The ancient Greeks had alternative facts too – they were just more chill about it
In an age of deepfakes and alternative facts, it can be tricky getting at the truth. But persuading others – or even yourself – what is true is not a challenge unique to the modern era. Even the ancient Greeks had to confront different realities.
Take the story of Oedipus. It is a narrative that most people think they know – Oedipus blinded himself after finding out he killed his father and married his mother, right?
Donald Trump Jr rants ‘stupid’ CNN has done more damage to elections than the Russians
President Donald Trump's eldest son complained that CNN was attempting to undermine democracy by reporting on Russian election interference.
The network, like other U.S. media outlets, has reported on efforts by the Kremlin to influence the 2020 election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies and law enforcement agree Russia did during the 2016 election.
Donald Trump Jr. -- who infamously accepted an invitation during his father's first campaign to hear dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer -- accused CNN of manipulating the election by reporting those Russian efforts.
"CNN is so stupid they don’t even understand the irony of how they’ve done more damage than any 'Russian operation' could ever have dreamed," Trump Jr tweeted, in response to a conservative blogger. "The media has done one hell of a job these past 4 years in attempting to deligitmize [sic] our election process."