President Donald Trump was asked about his recent accusations of “treason,” and on Thursday afternoon named the FBI officials involved in investigating him, claiming they are guilty of the capital crime.
The President, as The Washington Post notes, has no idea what the word actually means.
“Sir,” NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander said to Trump, “the Constitution says treason is punishable by death.”
The President nodded.
“You’ve accused your adversaries of treason,” Alexander continued. “Who specifically are you accusing of treason?” he challenged.
“Well,” Trump, only too happy to entertain the question, said, “I think a number of people. And I think what you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.”
Trying to “take down the wrong person” is not treason, despite the President’s propensity for equating himself with the federal government and with the country overall.
“If you look at Comey,” Trump added, referring to Jim Comey, the FBI Director who Trump fired, the act that kicked off the start of the Mueller investigation. “If you look at McCabe,” he said, referring to his former deputy director of the FBI.
“And if you look at people probably higher than that,” Trump said, an apparent attack on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and President Barack Obama, who were both in charge when the Russia investigation (not the Mueller investigation) first began. Trump has previously, falsely accused them of spying on him and wiretapping him.
“If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover. The two lovers,” Trump said, mockingly, referring to the former FBI attorney and to former Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section Peter Strzok.
Calling it “an absolutely ridiculous assertion,” The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump writes, “unless Comey and McCabe raised an army to take on the U.S. military or provided direct aid to countries who are officially at war with the U.S. — countries to be named later — they didn’t commit treason. By definition.”
REPORTER: Sir, the constitution says treason is punishable by death. You’ve accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?
TRUMP: A number of people. If you look at Comey, McCabe, if you look at Strzok, his lover Lisa Page… 😳 pic.twitter.com/6louyWsqaa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 23, 2019
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Trump Erupts in Fury Attacking Fox News for Not Rigging Poll That Shows Biden Would Beat Him
President Donald Trump is blasting his favorite cable news channel for releasing a poll showing the current Democratic frontrunner would beat him in the 2020 race for the White House.
Fox News polls, according to Trump, are “at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries,” he tweeted, saying they used to be “Proud Warriors!” for him.
“Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe,” referring to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, in fact, did lose “big” to Hillary Clinton, in the popular vote, which is what polls measure.
And he insists “there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One.”
Not that it affected the poll, but Friday morning the federal government announced GDP growth slowed to 2.1% in the second quarter, down from 3.1%.
….the fact that I have gone through a three year vicious Witch Hunt, perpetrated by the Lamestream Media in Collusion with Crooked and the Democrat Party, there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
‘Tick Tock Sweetheart’: Terrified Trump Gets Mocked for Gaslighting About ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’
Four days after the release of Attorney General William Barr’s redacted version of the Mueller report President Donald Trump is both claiming it exonerates him while attacking Mueller’s team and the report.
And now he’s gaslighting Americans about the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and what acts rise to the level of impeachable offenses.
Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
Trump is wrong on all counts. Notice, also, he’s neglected to include treason and bribery.
Article Two of the United States Constitution clearly states:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The Constitution does not define bribery, or “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
And the Mueller report in no way exonerated him, certainly not from obstruction – as much as he claims it did.
Meanwhile, if Democrats committed crimes, why is the Dept. of Justice not investigating and prosecuting those “crimes”?
On social media, Trump’s tweet garnered a good deal of mockery – and attempts to educate the President on impeachment:
sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself here
tick tock sweetheart
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) April 22, 2019
So your response to murmurs of impeachment is to lie about the findings of the report and then investigate your political opponents?
Is that what you are going with?
This should be a nice exhibit for your impeachment proceedings!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 22, 2019
— GirlSparky 🏖 (@girlsparky_) April 22, 2019
That’s not how any of this works, dotard. Nice try though.
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) April 22, 2019
From Article 1 of impeachment of Clinton: “William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice” Trump has done Worse!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 22, 2019
1) “High crimes and misdemeanors” does not mean you have to break the law.
2) Even if it did, Trump is currently an unindicted co-conspirator in felony crimes stemming from Mueller’s investigation that federal prosecutors say his personal lawyer committed at his direction https://t.co/kTkMUSGBYL
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 22, 2019
Actually I would refer you to Volume 2, page 154 of report -it’s clear Mueller found you committed witness intimidation and obstruction of justice in your public attacks on Michael Cohen and his father in law which Mueller noted were intended “discourage” Cohen from cooperating: pic.twitter.com/Us1rt1kg10
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 22, 2019
The *only* reason Trump wasn’t charged is b/c he’s in office.🙄https://t.co/j8Tkdnav2r
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) April 22, 2019
this is just embarrassing https://t.co/QHZ643b3cw
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) April 22, 2019
Regardless of whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction, “high crimes” do not have to be actual criminal offenses. It’s not true that “you can’t” impeach without criminal offenses. pic.twitter.com/RMvsKUA92p
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 22, 2019
Fun fact: “High crimes and misdemeanors” isn’t defined in the Constitution – something Trump would know if he didn’t struggle with reading. Congress could impeach Donald Trump for jaywalking https://t.co/cF47ajWPhL
— Impeachy Keen Wisco 🏴☠️ (@Wisco) April 22, 2019
When the president has to deny impeachment charges, he’s losing. https://t.co/NWrfXlx8Cz
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) April 22, 2019
Pence Doubles Down: Pete Buttigieg’s Belief God Made Him Gay Infringes on My First Amendment Religious Freedom
In an interview with CNN, the Vice President was asked about the South Bend, Indiana mayor saying that if Pence disagrees that people are born gay he has a “quarrel” with Buttigieg’s “creator,” and not with Buttigieg.
Vice President Pence for days now has been attacking “Mayor Pete,” wrongly claiming Buttigieg is attacking him and his Christian faith, which Buttigieg has not done.
On Thursday, in a just-aired interview, Pence doubled down and expanded his attack.
“I hope that Pete will offer more to the American people than attacks on my Christian faith, or attacks on the president, as he seeks the highest office in the land,” Pence, playing the victim, told CNN’s Dana Bash.
“He argues,” Bash responded, “that your quarrel is with him as a gay man, and he says, ‘I was born this way, and this is the way God made me.’ That’s just not your belief?”
Pence would not answer the question directly.
“Well, I think Pete’s quarrel’s with [the] First Amendment,” Pence declared. “All of us in this country have the right to our religious beliefs,” he insisted, falsely suggesting that Buttigieg was somehow prohibiting him from holding his beliefs.
But the Vice President did not honor Buttigieg’s First Amendment rights – of religion or of free speech. He literally is attacking the Indiana mayor’s right to believe what his faith tells him, and to declare it out loud.
Watch (the CNN video appears to have some glitches):
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