Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) took the new Republican defense of Trump for a test drive by saying that Trump publicly engages in wrongdoing all the time.
Rep. Thornberry said on ABC’s This Week, “There’s not really anything the President said in that phone call that’s different from what he says in public all the time, so is there some sort of abuse of power that rises to that threshold that is different than the American people have been hearing for three years? I don’t hear that.”
Thornberry admits it was inappropriate for Trump to pressure a foreign country for political smears, but not impeachable because Trump does it all the time.
“Not really anything the President said in that phone call that’s different from what he says in public all the time.” pic.twitter.com/9X1Ixk2Lde
— Jesse Lee (@JesseCharlesLee) November 10, 2019
The new defense is that what Trump did was wrong, but he does it all of the time, so he can’t be impeached for it.
Republicans are admitting that their president is a criminal, but he is not an impeachable criminal.
If that is the best that Republicans can come up with, these impeachment hearings are going to be a total disaster for Trump.
Republicans have no defense for their president, but since he is spying on them and threatening to ruin their careers if they criticize him, they are spouting whatever lame excuse that they can think of to try to justify not supporting impeachment.
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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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