In a series of tweets this Tuesday, President Trump quoted a Fox News contributor and former senior staffer to George W. Bush, Brad Blakeman, who said that Trump should not undergo a Senate trial as a result of his impeachment.
“It’s my opinion as a lawyer that the Articles of Impeachment are defective on their face, which means I would like to see a Motion to Dismiss and have this dispersed without the necessity of a trial. I don’t think there should be a trial,” the quote read, as cited by Trump. “I think it should be dismissed on 51 votes, which is procedural. You don’t need two thirds.”
“A great lawyer & person,” Trump wrote, praising Blakeman. “Thank you Brad!”
…on 51 votes, which is procedural. You don’t need two thirds.” Brad Blakeman @FoxNews A great lawyer & person. Thank you Brad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
Trump’s tweet caught the attention of one of his most vocal critics and husband to one of his top advisers, George Conway, who said that for every Brad Blakeman, there are at least “hundreds if not thousands” of lawyers who disagree with him.
“For every Brad Blakeman you’ve got, there are undoubtedly hundreds if not thousands of far better lawyers, who actually practice or teach law, who say your impeachment was well-founded. Too bad for you, @realDonaldTrump,” Conway tweeted.
For every Brad Blakeman you’ve got, there are undoubtedly hundreds if not thousands of far better lawyers, who actually practice or teach law, who say your impeachment was well-founded. Too bad for you, @realDonaldTrump. #IMPOTUS https://t.co/eQlMF1HGJp
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 31, 2019
In a subsequent tweet, Conway linked to a Washington Post article that reported on an open letter signed by over 500 legal scholars who say that Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and that lawmakers would legally justified in moving to remove him from office.
In an appearance on Fox & Friends this Thursday, Blakeman argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate was because she has “no leverage.”
“I think the longer she delays, the worse it gets for [Democrats] because remember their argument was, this president is such a danger he must be removed for the good of the republic,” Blakeman said on Thursday. “If [Pelosi] doesn’t want to bring the charges to the Senate, then, in fact, he hasn’t been impeached, because the impeachment process means that once the vote is taken in the House it must be filed in the Senate in order for the Senate to take up their responsibility.”
Trump’s attacks on Biden’s mental fitness just draw attention to his own problems: Joy Reid panel
MSNBC host Joy Reid gave some helpful advice to President Donald Trump and his children, who frequently attack former Vice President Joe Biden for his mental health: It makes you look worse.
Speaking to her closing Wednesday panel with Jason Johnson and Howard Fineman, Reid showed a super-cut of Trump's knack for getting words wrong, not knowing how to pronounce simple things, slurring his words, stumbling down the stairs, not knowing where to go, dragging his feet and more.
"Well, you know, my pretext for all my students this fall will be: person, woman, man, camera, tv, and if they can do that, I know they're at least as smart as the president," joked Johnson. "Here's the thing. Joe Biden demonstrated that he literally can ride a bike and do something else at the same time. Like, I have always thought the argument that Joe Biden has lost a step or has some sort of mental deficiency was a complete lie. It's Republicans just projecting. What's important to remember is that no matter how much they spout this nonsense, every single time Donald Trump opens his mouth, he looks worse. There is nothing Joe Biden can say that is more foolish or incoherent than Donald Trump in the middle of a substantive interview."
Here’s how Trump’s ‘nasty’ jab at Kamala reveals his misunderstanding of women
President Donald Trump has reprised one of his most common attacks on women — "nasty" — to describe Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
On Wednesday, writing for The New York Times, Katie Rogers broke down how the president's continual attacks on women in politics — combined with his characterization of women voters — reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of modern gender norms.
Congresswoman criticizes Republican press guy for claim Black folks don’t care about Kamala Harris: Does he know any?
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hilariously mocked former press secretary Ari Fleischer, who worked for former President George W. Bush's White House. Fleischer claimed Black people won't be that excited about Sen. Kamala Harris on the ticket.
"She's just not that historically exciting to African-Americans," said Fleischer speaking to Laura Ingraham during a Fox News appearance after the announcement.
During a conversation with MSNBC's Joy Reid, the host called Fleischer "a sort of a bygone era Republican voice" and asked Bass to listen to his comments.
"I wonder how many African-Americans," asked Bass, chuckling.