Republicans have been trying to defend Donald Trump. As the braver legislators hit the Sunday morning news shows, they clearly do not have a central message. That is due to the White House not giving them one. Apparently, all the president cares about is who stepped up to the plate and who argued most loudly. He does not care what they say?
Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) appeared on MSNBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Himes called out Todd for letting the junior Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) unfurl his POTUS spin about extorting Ukraine.
According to Axios, Rand made his defense of the man in the Oval Office:
‘I think we’ve gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo. … If you’re not allowed to give aid to people who are corrupt — there’s always contingencies on aid. … Presidents since the beginning of time have resisted Congress, and there’s been this sort of back and forth jockeying over what is sent. But also presidents have withheld aid before for corruption. I think it’s a mistake to say, ‘Oh, he withheld aid until he got what he wanted.’ Well, if it’s corruption and he believes there to be corruption, he has every right to withhold aid.’
Paul brushed aside the questions about the commander-in-chief trying to create a false investigation into Joe Biden and his son in exchange for military aid. The Kentucky senator turned the conversation from Trump’s extortion of a foreign country back to Hillary Clinton.
‘If you grant me one second here, my head is only now decombusting from the exchange with Rand Paul. I spent 11 years in public service defending the press. When senator Rand Paul comes on and says what Donald Trump did — and the transcript is there — extorting a foreign government for his personal political gain and that’s exactly the same thing as Joe Biden, exactly the same thing as what he did Joe Biden saying this prosecutor should be released when Joe Biden is acting in consistency with American foreign policy.’
Then, the representative held Todd to task:
‘When Rand Paul says that’s exactly the same thing as the president of the United States saying you need to find dirt on my political opponent. With all due respect, Chuck, when you say do two wrongs make a right? Let’s be very clear, the president of the United States demanding, extorting a vulnerable country to do his political bidding, to go after his political opponent has nothing to do with Joe Biden executing the policy or Hillary Clinton doing opposition research on her presidential opponent those are radically different things and what the president did is wrong and impeachable.’