He had to stew over it for nearly a full night, but after initially not responding to the first Republican member of Congress to call for his impeachment, President Trump could no longer resist the siren call of Twitter.
Knowing that his base would expect him to give a piece of what passes for his mind to Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) — who, after reading the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s damning report, could not help but acknowledge that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct” — the president finally unleashed his fury on the Michigan congressman with an unironic accusation that Rep. Amash was an attention-seeking loser.
….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
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The most laughable claim that Trump makes in his delayed response to Amash’s long Saturday Twitter thread outlining the reasoning behind his decision to support impeachment is the implication that the notoriously reading-averse president — who is such a publicity hound that he used to call reporters posing as his own press agent to plant favorable stories about himself — has actually read the contents of the Mueller report himself.
Perhaps he believes his own lies about the contents of the report, or he’s relying on Attorney General William Barr’s misleading four-page summary of the 448-page document, but Trump’s characterization of its findings ignore the fact that not having enough evidence to prosecute and not being allowed to indict by Justice Department policy is not the same as “NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION,” no matter how much he wants it to be.
The very fact that he simultaneously dismisses the legitimacy of the “biased” Mueller report by claiming that it was “’composed’ by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump” while then relying on it to bolster his denials of criminality demonstrates the warped mental state behind the presidents reflexively defensive attack on his defector.
Before dreaming up the pathetically unimaginative pejorative of “loser” to nickname Congressman Amash, Trump repeats his logically fallacious claim that he couldn’t obstruct justice because he hasn’t committed any crimes.
He also demonstrates his political view of America divided into his allies and his opponents, a regrettable outlook for someone with the primary responsibility of uniting the country.
Yet, especially with the first of what may soon turn into a stream of defections from the Republican side turning against him, President Trump has managed to unite a significant portion of the country around one cause — his impeachment. Now if only Democratic leadership would be as bold as Congressman Justin Amash.
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