The palpable distaste for President Donald Trump among the highest echelons of the ruling class and elite in America is well known.
Washington Examiner’s David Drucker reported on Monday the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is shunning Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections but notes, “It’s not a problem for Trump. The populist, on his way toward raising all the money he needs, was elected in 2016 despite acrimonious relations with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of Washington’s establishment blue bloods.”
The president received a thunderous standing ovation from a crowd estimated at 50,000 at a rally he attended with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston, Texas on Sunday.
Modi spoke enthusiastically about the president to the largely Indian American audience declaring, “This is extraordinary. This is unprecedented. Friends, as I told you, we have met a few times. And every time, he has been the same — warm, friendly, accessible, energetic, and full of wit. I admire him for something more: his sense of leadership, a passion for America, a concern for every American, a belief in American future, and a strong resolve to make America great again.”
The Indian Prime Minister asserted that there were “over a billion Indians” and people of Indian heritage around the globe, with millions watching, as he and Trump were joined in a historic move to strengthen US-India relations.
Sadly, the media that have labelled Trump as a racist and white supremacist gave scant coverage to the event. They were too busy raising the specter of impeachment along with the Democratic Party leadership.
Both factions, united in their disgust and hatred of the president, joined forces, with the backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to escalate threats over a call he made in July to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging him to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The complaint was made by an unnamed intelligence official.
In a Monday story headlined “Trump’s Ukraine call reveals a president convinced of his own invincibility,” writers Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Rachael Bade argued, “The push by Trump and his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to influence the newly elected Ukrainian leader reveals a president convinced of his own invincibility — apparently willing and even eager to wield the vast powers of the United States to taint a political foe and confident that no one could hold him back.”
They quoted William A. Galston, a senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution, who contended, “We haven’t seen anything like this in my lifetime. He appears to be daring the rest of the political system to stop him — and if it doesn’t, he’ll go further.”
The president tweeted on Monday, “who is this so-called “whistleblower” who doesn’t know the correct facts. Is he on our Country’s side. Where does he come from. Is this all about Schiff & the Democrats again after years of being wrong?”
Members of the intelligence community have been engaged in a bareknuckle brawl with Trump since he was a candidate. Based on a July assessment by The New York Times, there are at least 29 pending investigations of the president, including over 10 federal criminal investigations, eight state and local investigations by attorneys general and state financial agencies, and 11 constitutional investigations.
Then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer infamously declared in 2017, “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
A 2017 analysis issued by the Director of National Intelligence concluded on behalf of 17 intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. This morphed into accusations that Trump and his campaign associates colluded with the Kremlin so that he could win the presidency illegitimately. The claims were ultimately disproved by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s exhaustive investigation.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ probe of alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the FBI and Justice Department also exposed the extent of the animus former FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe had toward Trump.
His political antagonist Mitt Romney was also on the attack again on Sunday tweeting, “If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out.”
There are already signs that the controversy over the phone call could boomerang on Democrats. They claim that Trump inappropriately tried to influence an investigation being conducted by a foreign power, but Biden, their frontrunner for the presidential nomination, publicly admitted that he threatened to withhold one billion dollars in funds from Ukraine unless they fired their chief prosecutor. This could potentially derail the campaign of Trump’s closest rival for president in 2020. What an interesting plot twist that would be.