Democrats really, really want to win the 2020 presidential election. There is just one big problem. Their frontrunner is Joe Biden and the odds of any challengers in the race defeating him are slim to none.
Monday’s CBS Battleground Tracker poll found “Elizabeth Warren rising, but not Joe Biden falling.” They know that Biden will melt like wax in the fire that his rival, President Donald Trump, will emanate.
For some Democrats, impeaching the president is the only way they can guarantee victory in 2020 and the initiative is motivated by naked political self-interest.
Managing Editor of The Democratic Strategist Ed Kilgore wrote in a New Yorker article in March, “A second Trump win would not only threaten progressive policy priorities for a long, long time, but would likely tear the Democratic coalition apart. For those left of center, 2020 is an emergency, and those activists or observers who would increase the risk of a second Trump term to promote candidate or factional interests ought to attract a lot of pushback. A 2021 with Trump in charge is a progressive hellscape. Avoiding it is really important.”
Democrats in the House have set the impeachment table and hope the media will bring them Trump’s head on a platter. The House Judiciary Committee has been investigating him for months over possible obstruction of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Monday that his committee will also probe accusations that Trump violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to silence two women who claim they had affairs with him years before he ran for president.
Lawmakers also want to know if Trump profited from government trips in which administration officials used taxpayer dollars to stay at his family-owned properties. They are examining statements he made about offering pardons to border officials if they broke the law to get the wall project done.
The media also want Trump to lose very badly. He has been targeting news organizations since he campaigned for president and they have been striking back. Their disgust and disdain for Trump is well documented.
The unholy alliance had its hopes pinned on the big ‘Trump-Russia collusion extravaganza, but it unraveled when it was debunked by Mueller. That has not stopped the media from trying to reanimate the hoax in one form or another.
Former independent counsel Ken Starr told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday, “They are hoping that something will break, a big breakthrough, but there is no indication at all that that’s going to happen.”
On Tuesday CNN defiantly stood by a fake story that the CIA had pulled a high-level spy out of Russia after President Trump “mishandled” classified material, despite corrections from both the White House and the CIA.
CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto peddled the ‘exclusive’ story quoting several unnamed intelligence sources, who may have served during the Obama administration.
In his report he claimed the decision to carry out the extraction “occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence concerning ISIS in Syria had been provided by Israel.”
“CNN’s reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger,” Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. The CIA called the reporting “misguided” and “simply false.”
The cable news networks and newspapers have been in overdrive. They are hoping to help the impeachment movement reach critical mass, assisted by a phalanx of fake media bombshells.
On any given day they report multiple erroneous and eventually debunked stories simultaneously, hoping to twist the minds of viewers who know they have no credibility or shame. Their determination to destroy Trump is becoming increasingly unrelenting and reckless as the window for impeachment closes.
Washington Examiner writer Becket Adams wrote in April, “The problem here isn’t about declining subscriptions and revenues, it’s that many Americans are emerging from this news debacle with an even deeper distrust for institutions that are supposed to keep them informed of the goings-on of the powerful. This means the powerful can probably now move more freely and with little fear of the disinfecting qualities of the news spotlight.”
This latest attempt by CNN to push a politically damaging story to hurt the president reflects how toxic the media have become. Former CIA analyst Buck Sexton chastised CNN and other media outlets on Fox News Tuesday. He urged them to look inward and decide if they’re going to hold themselves to a higher standard, or if they’re desire to diminish Trump’s presidency outweighs the cost.