Democrats and the media are desperately trying to break up Republican unity in the Senate so they can find four votes to introduce more witnesses and documents into the impeachment trial.
They are honing in on three senators, Susan Collins (R-MN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) whom they are confident they could cajole into supporting their cause. They are hunting for an elusive fourth senator and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is their target.
Extending the impeachment horror show would benefit the media. It would give them a shred of relevance, despite their abysmal ratings. It would benefit Democrats by giving them a platform to continue pushing lies and conspiracy theories well into the 2020 election season, while the senators would be forced to watch silently without rebutting, a perfect setting to disseminate propaganda.
For days the media has been pushing a storyline originating from CBS News that President Donald Trump threatened Republican senators into marching behind him in lockstep for fear of reprisals in various forms. The storyline, aside from being completely uncorroborated and debunked by several senators, wreaks of fakeness.
According to a Thursday report from CBS Evening News by Chief Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, voting against the president — whether in favor of indictment or in support of procedural moves that he does not approve — could bring serious repercussions. Trump could use his maniacal base to turn against the offending Republican senator, and in support of primary challengers to their re-election campaigns.
Cordes reported Thursday evening: “One Trump confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators have been warned, ‘Vote against the President and your head will be on a pike.’ So far their heads appear to be safe.”
CBS Evening News also tweeted a reference to the story on its account Thursday noting in the language of the Resistance: “In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump. A @POTUS confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators were warned: “vote against the president & your head will be on a pike.”
The account also tweeted a link to the Cordes report which was followed by a string of ugly anti-Trump responses including one that accused the Republican senators of being “actively engaged in a cover-up, cowed into submission by the mafia thug IMPOTUS.”
During her report Cordes dismissed Trump’s concerns about Ukraine’s reported interference in the 2016 U.S. election and deals negotiated by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter as debunked conspiracy theories based on Russian propaganda.
Democrats impeached Trump based on unfounded accusations that he used a $391 million military aid request from Ukraine and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens on a July 25 phone call.
On CBS This Morning Friday, Cordes shared her reporting again, repeating the threat from the ‘Trump confidant’ against Republicans in the Senate who dared to defy the president.
“A Trump confidant tells CBS News senators have been warned — vote against the president and your head will be on a pike,” Cordes said.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager quoted from the report based on a still unidentified source on Friday, the final day of opening. He confidently trumpeted the report.
“CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that GOP senators were warned ‘Vote against your president and your head will be on a pike. I hope it’s not true.”
He questioned the veracity of the report: “I don’t know if that true … When I read that, and again I don’t know if that was true…” But that didn’t stop him from depicting how struck he was that the confidant would ‘use the language of a martyr’ with the head-on-a-pike reference.
The comment triggered outcries from several key Republican senators, including Collins and Murkowski. Following the remarks, Collins shook her head and said, “That’s not true.”
The Sunday morning shows were teaming with Democrats vociferously calling for Republicans to break with the president while very little effort was made to cover the opening arguments of the president’s defense team on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, Trump bashed Schiff for his handling of the impeachment process, tweeting, “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”
He sparked a reaction from Schiff in an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. The lead Democratic impeachment manager insisted his “head on a pike” comment had been verified.
“I made the argument that it’s going to require moral courage to stand up to this president. And this is a wrathful and vindictive president. I don’t think there’s any doubt about it, and if you think there is, look at the president’s tweets about me today.”
Host Chuck Todd asked, “You take that as a threat?”
“I think it’s intended to be,” said Schiff boldly.
The widespread dissemination of this ‘head-on-a-pike’ smear campaign, using a once credible but still highly influential news source, comes at a critical juncture in the impeachment trial. If Democrats fail in their quest, the impeachment trial would wrap up quickly with an acquittal of the president, shutting down the main platform Democrats are running on for the 2020 election. They would have to cook up yet another hoax to keep feeding their media beasts.