They won’t stop until they get what they want, and that’s the impeachment of the President of the United States.
That’s the only logical takeaway from the dogged pursuit of this goal by the “deep blue state,” which reached a crescendo this week with a scathing New York Times opinion piece allegedly authored by someone close to President Trump, and the salacious excerpts from Bob Woodward’s latest book, detailing what it describes as Trump’s dysfunctional relationship with his inner circle.
Russian collusion? Those smelling Trump blood can’t wait for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s glacial wheels of justice to bear fruit -- if ever -- on that score.
The Times and The Washington Post, which published selected passages of Woodward’s book, launched the left’s one-two punch, no doubt in an effort to detract from all the upbeat economic and geopolitical news, and more importantly, to somehow derail the confirmation of Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh as the ninth justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
While it’s obvious that our current president is no paragon of virtue, neither is he the Captain Queeg of the Good Ship White House, as his foaming-at-the-mouth detractors would have you believe.
That anonymous Times op-ed writer -- whose identity amazingly hasn’t leaked through the West Wing sieve -- claims to be part of an inside “resistance,” whose mission is to protect the country by neutralizing Trump’s potentially dangerous impulses.
Hyperbole aside, that’s exactly what trusted presidential aides are supposed to do -- act as a sounding board and steer the president away from hasty or imprudent decisions.
While no one has claimed authorship, the No. 2 and No. 3 members of the administration -- Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, respectively -- denounced the article as “gutless” and “incredibly disturbing.”
Not to be outdone, “Fear: Trump in the White House”, written by famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, purportedly paints a disturbing picture of Trump’s tumultuous 20 months as commander in chief.
The two individuals attributed with the most derogatory comments about Trump’s impulsiveness and questionable grasp of key issues, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly, have categorically denied making those comments. In another supposed episode, Woodward wrote that former top economic adviser Gary Cohn planned to remove a memo from the president’s desk that would have withdrawn the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.
Entertaining perhaps, but in reality, the president’s negotiators just reworked the NAFTA deal with Mexico -- and Canada is likely to follow suit.
What Woodward never explains is who wrote the NAFTA memo? Wouldn’t the author have circled back to Trump and asked why the policy proposal was never implemented? Wouldn’t that have sparked Trump’s own inquiry into what happened to the missing document?
It leads us to question Cohen’s telling of the story to Woodward and why Woodward never corroborated Cohen’s story with anyone at the White House.
Of course, Woodward never spoke to Trump in advance about what is contained in the book. The author said he tried but contends he was either stonewalled by Trump’s inner circle or simply ignored. That doesn’t sound like the doggedness of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who wants to get an accurate picture of what’s happening in the White House, does it? Do you think Woodward would have published a book on former President Barack Obama without talking to the man himself? Of course not. But for the liberal media, it’s open season on Trump; Woodward is just the latest journalist to cut corners and jump on the bandwagon with his own anti-Trump tome.
Innuendoes make for entertaining reading, but facts tell the real story of Trump’s presidency.
The national jobless rate, thanks in part to the GOP Congress’ tax cut for corporations and individuals, has dropped to 3.9 percent. And individuals who suffered under Obamacare’s high health insurance premiums now have several more affordable options.
And for those on the left who ridiculed Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to convince that rogue nation to renounce its nuclear weapons, several media outlets reported Thursday that Kim wants to denuclearize by the end of Trump’s first term in early 2021.
That’s what’s actually happening -- unimpeachable facts, not the unsubstantiated utterances of third-hand sources.