FoxNews.com reports that
Marie Yovanovitch delivered a dramatic personal account Friday of her ouster as America’s Ukraine ambassador amid a campaign against her by Trump associates, but the testimony was largely overshadowed by a snowballing fight over a presidential tweet that attacked her record.
In between were tense squabbles among lawmakers over the rules for the impeachment hearing proceedings, with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, at one point snapping at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., that his party’s “indulgence with you wore out a long time ago.”
And Republicans were able to extract some noteworthy statements from the witness, including an admission that despite allegations President Trump withheld support to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations, it was Trump – not his predecessor, Barack Obama – who ultimately provided “defensive lethal aid” to Kiev.
But while Yovanovitch testified that she was “kneecapped” by the administration – with some choice words for Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani – and Democrats sought to draw attention to what they called the “smear campaign” against her, the day in Washington largely turned on the early-morning Trump tweets. Shortly after the hearing began, Trump fired back in real time, claiming that every place Yovanovitch worked “turned bad.”
He charged: “She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
Trump’s comments ignited an outcry from Democrats: Schiff read Trump’s tweet during the hearing, and called it “witness intimidation.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., when asked about the tweet, echoed: “Witness intimidation is a crime.”
Yovanovitch told lawmakers, regarding the tweet: “It’s very intimidating.” Democrats on the sidelines of the hearing crowed that the tweet itself could prompt a new article of impeachment against the president.
But the White House fired back at the claims, with Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham declaring: “The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to.” She went on to say, “This is not a trial, it is a partisan political process – or to put it more accurately, a totally illegitimate, charade stacked against the President. There is less due process in this hearing than any such event in the history of our country. It’s a true disgrace.”
It remains to be seen whether that moment and the fallout from it will fuel Democrats’ impeachment case or fade as a parade of other witnesses appear next week before the same committee. But the incident reflected an escalating political environment, with Democrats eager to turn Trump’s trademark attack-mode against him.
Republicans acknowledged the Trump tweet was not helpful, with one senior GOP source telling Fox News: “We didn’t need that.” But Republicans nevertheless worked to draw out witness statements to support their general argument that no quid pro quo took place because, despite Trump’s conversations, the aid to Ukraine was delivered – after a delay – without the investigations he sought.
What the Professional Politicians on both sides tend to conveniently forget is the fact that there is precedence for a President communicating directly to the American people.
On March 12, 1933 United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the prevalent media of his time, which was in every home in America, the radio, to deliver the first of his “Fireside Chats”.
…During the 1930s, approximately 90 percent of American households owned a radio. Capitalizing on this, FDR used the medium for his fireside chats 31 times between March 1933 and June 1944, discussing a range of topics from New Deal economic policies to aid for Europe in the fight against fascism to reporting on the military and domestic fronts during World War II. While listeners could not actually see him and he was not actually next to a fireplace–photos show FDR at his desk surrounded by microphones and wires–the phrase fireside chat was coined by a journalist and evoked a comforting image during a time of great national anxiety. As one listener recalled, it was like the president with his voice, came into your house, calling us friends.
During the 1980’s, America was lead by “The Great Communicator”, President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Reagan used the rapidly expanding, thanks to the Cable Industry Boom, media of television, like no President before him.
According to Fox News…
…Reagan forged a more direct personal relationship with the electorate than any modern president. He told jokes, shared stories, spun tales – and in the process made big, bold truths seem comfortable and comforting.
While visionaries usually stand alone on their soapboxes, thundering with aloof passion, Reagan talked like everyone’s best buddy – the national guy-next-door. He bypassed the national media because the press corps was too conventional and timid to appreciate his then-radical views, and talked directly to the public – a practice that infuriated the press and thrilled the vast majority of Americans.
And now, America is receiving daily communication from its 45th President, Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump.
The vast majority of Americans own cellphones…and are on Twitter.
Yes, the 280 characters contained in a “Tweet” are definitely not the most eloquent way for a President to be communicating with the American Public, but they are clear, concise, and immediate.
There is no room for “weasel words” in a “Tweet”, unlike the addresses of the individual who occupied the Oval Office before President Trump.
Heck, Obama gavve long speeches just so he could refer to himself ad infinitum in them.
99.9 percent of broadcast networks’ coverage of President Donald J. Trump has been negative.
The fact is, President Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
And, the Democrats still stupidly expect him to be like George W. Bush and not fight back when they insult, demean, and now, attempt to impeach him.
President Trump has the same rights as every American citizen and those rights include the right to fight back.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
The Main Stream Media, their masters in the Democratic Party, and the Vichy Republicans know that, also.
What Americans are witnessing during this Soviet-style “Impeachment Inquiry” is the fact that the Democrats, including their operatives within the State Department and the rest of the Deep State are still having a conniption fit (Southern colloquialism for being upset over something to the point insanity) over the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President by us rubes here in Flyover Country.
In fact, they are so upset that they have retaliated by trying to force him out of office by any means necessary, including lies and third-hand accusations, for three years
And then, there’s the Main Stream Media, including the Liberals who are still employed at Fox News.
The Main Stream Media are mad at Trump because not only did they lose their meal ticket with the defeat of the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton, but they also have to live with the reality of being “punked” for at least four years by Donald J. Trump, who treats them like a school of Largemouth Bass, baiting the hook with the promise of a big announcement or story, causing them to pack the room wherever Trump is speaking, only to find out that they have been used to gain free publicity for Mr. Trump and whatever cause he is trying to forward that day.
In fact, Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.
The problem that the MSM and the Dems are finding with advancing their narrative of first “quid pro quo” and now “Bribery” (chosen by a focus group as most viable) is that with the advent of the “new”, or Social Media, and President Trump’s use of Twitter as a communication tool, the Main Stream Media and the Democratic Party find themselves no longer in control of the dissemination of the news.
Between Trump’s playing the MSM like Charlie Daniels playing a fiddle and average Americans becoming their own reporters through the use of Social Media, “professional journalists” and the Democrat Spin Machine have watched their influence over the daily lives of Americans dwindle and diminish right before their very eyes.
And, quite frankly, they don’t like it one bit.
That is why they continue to try to bring down Trump, even though Americans living out here in Realityvillle are laughing at the absurdity of attempting to impeach a President who has done nothing impeachable.
They are behaving like spoiled little brats who need a timeout.
And, judging from the TV Ratings of their newscasts and the rapidly dwindling r4eadership of Liberal Newspapers and Magazines, and most importantly, the ever-rising Stock Market and Trump Presidential Popularity Poll numbers, Americans are giving them one.
Isn’t Modern Technology wonderful?
Until He Comes,