It was to be expected that the religious right to still be all in for Donald Trump even as the House ramped up its impeachment inquiry. But one would have thought that the testimony from multiple witnesses about the now-infamous phone conversation between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, would have been too much even for the most diehard fundie.
Let’s review. Last week, Bill Taylor, the acting American ambassador to Ukraine, told House investigators that Trump did indeed plan to sit on military aid to Ukraine unless Zelensky opened an investigation into former vice president and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden.
Then, on Tuesday, Alexander Vindman, an Army officer and senior National Security Council official, testified that he had listened to the now-infamous call, and was so alarmed by what he heard that he immediately reported it to NSC lawyers. In a colossal understatement, he claimed that Trump was making demands that were “not proper.” Vindman also testified that he was on hand when the American ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sundland, asked Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden. Vindman told Sundland this was inappropriate, and reported it to NSC lawyers.
Finally, on Thursday, Tim Morrison, an NSC official who resigned just hours before his testimony, corroborated Taylor’s earlier testimony that Trump conditioned military aid to Ukraine on an investigation of Biden. Although he didn’t believe this was illegal, he believed it was grossly improper, and was concerned enough to alert White House lawyers.
Between them, Taylor, Vindman, and Morrison have well over a century of national security and foreign policy experience. Neither man had a partisan ax to grind; Taylor and Vindman have served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, while Morrison began his career as a Republican congressional staffer.
You would think this would be enough for the nation’s so-called moral guardians to rethink their “mulligan” for Trump. Apparently not, because all indications are that their three-year campaign to bully Americans into supporting Trump is well underway.
For instance, just hours after Taylor’s testimony, Rick Wiles warned that if the Democrats manage to remove Trump from office, Trump diehards will “hunt them down.” Last Thursday, with Taylor’s testimony still dominating the headlines, Perry Stone suggested that Democrats might be possessed. While this is standard far right and religious right agitprop, the fact they’re spewing this in the face of such damning testimony should put it beyond any doubt–this bullying campaign is completely removed from reality.
In case we needed more convincing of this, another general in the Trumpvangelical Army got in on the act on Thursday. Namely, Rick Joyner. As the House was voting on the formal rules for the impeachment inquiry, Joyner took to Facebook and declared–with a straight face–that the Democrats are the ones who have trampled on their oaths.
Joyner started peddling the standard Trumpkin party line on impeachment–that Democrats simply will not accept that Trump’s upset victory was “the will of the people.” Therefore, he said, they are working overtime to “overturn that election by all or any other means possible.”
But then Joyner went off the deep end. He claimed that those pushing for Trump’s ouster are committing “treason.” He argued that the efforts to remove Trump are an attack on “the very core and foundation of our republic.”
Wait a minute. So when a president uses the power of his office to bully and intimidate a political rival, holding him to account for it amounts to “treason”? And when said president tries to get a foreign government to help him in said bullying and intimidation, those seeking to make him answer for it are the ones attacking “the very core and foundation of our republic”?
Then again, Joyner may be taking his cues from Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. Two weeks ago, he went as far as to claim that the entire impeachment process was an act of sedition. No, that isn’t snark.
So if it were up to Parscale and Joyner, if a president were to engage in the kind of gross and out-and-out criminal misconduct that we’ve seen with the Ukraine affair, Congress might as well sit on its hands. After all, holding them to account amounts to treason and sedition. How Orwellian is that?
Here’s a news flash, Rick. By joining in on this pigweed, you’re calling evil good and good evil. The Bible has something to say about that–and it isn’t pretty.
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