NBC’s Chuck Todd said that Trump is attacking democracy by soliciting election help from foreign countries and his presidency is a national emergency.
I don’t say this lightly, but let’s be frank, a national nightmare is upon us. The basic rules of our democracy are under attack from the president.
So what you just heard is a public admission of the allegations of the heart of the House impeachment inquiry and at the heart of the whistleblower’s complaint. The President Of The United States, Donald J. Trump is using the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election while doing it relying on a debunked conspiracy theory or two. By the way, this is not hearsay. This is not a leak. This not a whistleblower complaint or a memorandum of a phone conversation. You heard the president himself do it on the White House lawn. This moment should arguably be a national emergency. The Founding Fathers would have considered it a national emergency if the president publicly lobbied multiple foreign governments to interfere in the next election. And yet there has been virtually no condemnation for the president’s party at all for this remark which was remarkable considering the precedent it would set, and the lasting damage it would do to our democracy. It is tough to say lightly, but this is the moment we are at.
Chuck Todd says Trump is attacking democracy and his presidency is a national emergency. pic.twitter.com/1SMH8oPa1n
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 3, 2019
Chuck Todd is about as mainstream media as it gets, so if he says that Trump is attacking democracy and triggering a national emergency, then this is a crisis is no longer a partisan left versus right matter, but the country versus Trump and his defenders. The pressure isn’t on the House. With each new act, Trump is daring Republicans in the Senate to convict and remove him from office. As long as Trump owns the GOP base, this won’t happen, but if Republicans flee him and the president becomes a political liability for Republicans, all bets will be off concerning the future of Trump.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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