Democrats don’t appear to have convinced Senate Republicans to convict President Donald Trump, but MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch said they can use findings from the impeachment hearings to campaign against him next year.
The “Morning Joe” contributor urged Democrats to develop a coherent theme based on the findings turned up by House investigators to convince voters to do what congressional Republicans aren’t willing to do — remove the president from office.
“Does anybody know ‘Bob Loves Abishola’?” Deutsch asked. “That’s a show on CBS, you know, had about five, six million viewers the other night. That’s what these hearings have done. We live in a little bit of a bubble that we sit here and we watch. The reality is, when you look at that new Emerson poll where we’ve lost 5 percent of people who even believe he should be impeached and 14 percent removed from office.”
Democrats must present a simple message to voters going into next year, Deustch said.
“This is the president of betrayal,” he said. “He betrayed the American trust, he betrayed our national security, he betrayed the Constitution, the presidency, he betrayed us on education. Now I’m making the turn. He basically is taking our budget back 10 percent. He’s going to betray us on health care, he still wants to repeal Obamacare, he’s betrayed you on taxes.”
“It needs to go to a bigger place because, unfortunately, come January and February, the parade will move on and we get very hyped up in this building here, we get very hyped up watching,” he added. “The reality is, if the games take Trump out of office, you’ve got to take this betrayal and move it to a bigger place for the candidates to tuck the football under their arm and go.”
That message will be most effective if Democrats show voters how Trump’s corruption will effect them personally, Deutsch said.
“It’s got to be about this guy is a corruptor, a betrayer, and this affects me how?” he said. “He did the same thing to my taxes, he did it to education, he will do the same thing to health care. Take whatever adjective you want — betrayer, corruptor, thief — bring it back to the issues that matter.”
‘Selfie-seeking frat boy’ Matt Gaetz scorched in brutal takedown after House committee blow-up
In a brutally blunt look at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the New Republic's Jacob Bacharach paints a portrait of a publicity-seeking Washington newcomer storming the nation's capital with an eye on mirroring the actions and rhetoric of the blustery president that he slavishly defends.
Following Gaetz's "drama queen" performances while serving on the House Judiciary Committee, Bacharach recalls, "On October 23, a gaggle of House Republicans, led by Matt Gaetz of Florida, stormed the Capitol’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. Gaetz had hoped to expose the supposedly secretive nature of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. “Stormed” was his own overly dramatic word (though Gaetz soon topped it by comparing his crew to the 300 glorious, nearly naked Spartans who, as you may recall, lost to a numerically superior force during the Battle of Thermopylae). A more accurate description would be to say they barged into a committee room like a bunch of entitled fussbudgets, argued with the committee chairman, took selfies, and then trundled off to hold a press conference."
How the ‘liberal’ media put Trump in the White House
It treated Donald Trump as a harmless curiosity because he was a reality TV show star and professional (alleged) billionaire.
Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings — both real and perceived — were amplified. Trump’s were downplayed if not largely ignored.
French police kill man who threatened officers with knife near Paris
A man who threatened to attack police officers with a knife was killed Friday morning by officers in the La Défense business district near Paris, police and union sources reported.
A three-man patrol then approached the suspect who started running in their direction and shouted, "I'll kill you!” The three officers then opened fire.