We should have expected this. After all, we were sure in 2016 that the left’s allegations that painted Donald Trump as a white supremacist looking to bring in the American version of the Third Reich were as ridiculous as they could possibly get. But then we found out about the Russia hoax, which claimed without evidence that Trump had colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the election. Once again, we thought we’d reached the heights of irresponsible, fake-news driven nonsense…and once again we were proven wrong when the Democrats actually IMPEACHED him over a phone call to Ukraine that contained no impeachable offenses.
But then, surely, that was as bad as it could get.
Like we said, we should have expected this. Having had so much “success” with the phone call strategy in 2019, Democrats decided to roll out the same playbook again on Sunday when they released audio of Trump’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. And here we are again, with the left claiming that Trump’s call constitutes “impeachable offenses,” a constitutional crisis, an attempted coup, and a criminal act.
And their claims are as unfounded as they ever were.
First of all, let’s be clear about this. It wasn’t just Trump and Raffensperger on the call. This wasn’t some off-the-record call that Trump made from his private bedroom in the dark of night. He wasn’t trying – in the slightest – to “get away” with something. Also on the call were White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Trump campaign lawyer Cleta Mitchell. On the other side of the call, Raffensperger was joined (at minimum) by his lawyer, Ryan Germany. If either party thought there would be this much intense interest in the details of the call, we’re sure they would have agreed to hold it on C-SPAN.
That the full audio of this call was leaked to the press is a disgrace, make no mistake about it. But what does it really matter? What did Trump say on this call that he has not said on his Twitter account? What did he tell Raffensperger that he hasn’t told the American people over the last month. Every single thing Trump said in this call was in full and complete alignment with what he believes about the election. It should inspire confidence in the president’s integrity and honesty that he says the same things in private that he says in public.
Though we understand why many Democrats would be shocked by this trait.
There is nothing improper – much less criminal – about the president urging the Georgia Secretary of State to make sure his vote count is correct. In fact, it would be an abdication of his duty, and his patriotism, if he didn’t.