Today has been an eventful chapter in the saga of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. A handful of law professors appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify as to whether or not they believe the president can be impeached over his efforts to coerce the Ukrainian president into opening an investigation into Joe Biden and his son in the hopes of aiding his own 2020 reelection efforts. Not surprisingly, the consensus was that Trump did indeed commit abuses of office that now demand he be impeached.
The Republican officials at the hearing behaved like trained circus animals for Trump, caping about with absurd insinuations, misleading questions, and a litany of truly pathetic complaints engineered to derail the proceedings. As has become abundantly clear over the past few weeks, the GOP has no real way to defend Trump because what he did is so indefensible. Instead, they’re forced to resort to cheap stunts and painfully transparent whataboutism.
During one particularly absurd stretch, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) stooped to a new low to protect the president he has so unquestioningly and obsequiously served for the last few years. Digging deep into the Fox News conspiracy theory cesspit, he complained about illegal wiretaps and implied that rather than impeaching Trump, Congress should be impeaching former President Barack Obama.
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“And you know what? If wiretapping a political opponent is an impeachable offense I look forward to reading that Inspector General’s report because maybe it’s a different president that we should be impeaching,” Gaetz said, with every ounce of faux self-outrageous his hateful little body could muster.
Gaetz’s suggestion demonstrates just how desperate Republicans are becoming as the Trump presidency unravels around them. While technically a former president can be impeached, thus barring him from holding any other form of federal office, there are no legitimate grounds on which to impeach Obama and no political will for it beyond the most radical right-wing fringes of the GOP.
Once again we see Gaetz beclowning himself on behalf of the worst president we have ever had. History will not be kind to this man.
Matt Gaetz closes by threatening to … [quints at notes] …. impeach the ghost of President Obama pic.twitter.com/ppBjRCC9em
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 4, 2019