House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) abruptly announced recently that she’s ending her advocacy allowing delay and going ahead and sending the House’s impeachment case against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial. Senate Republicans have already been hard at work trying to line the way with acquittals for the president, and this week on an edition of the Fox show Outnumbered, panelist (and Fox & Friends co-host) Brian Kilmeade started working on trying to spin the actual reality of the situation in the president’s favor. He completely ignored Trump’s public shaming via the evidence of his scheme to bribe Ukraine.
The argument kicked off after fellow panelist Jessica Tarlov tried to show out precarious Republicans’ current positions really are. Those GOP positions have included passionate advocacy against the basic fairness on the Democratic agenda.
‘I think we saw Nancy Pelosi feeling a little bit of pressure here to make sure that we do get to the trial point. Their caucus was split on whether the strategy was a good one or not to wait those couple of weeks there. But to the fairness point — I would remind everybody that the rules that the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee went by are the same ones that they went by during Bill Clinton’s impeachment.’
Tarlov added that she’s glad that a few perceived moderate Republican Senators like Maine’s Susan Collins have been advocating for hearing from witnesses in the Senate trial, considering the explicit pledges against fairness from Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham.
After a bit more crosstalk, Kilmeade chimed in with his politically nihilistic, rose-colored glasses, MAGA-or-else view.
‘You talk about what’s good for Democrats, what’s good for Republicans — you know what’s good for the country? To turn the page. You can say Bill Clinton is impeached for life, you can say Donald Trump is impeached for life. When I think of Bill Clinton, I don’t think of impeachment… He had a 65 percent approval rating by the time he was done, and he was elected twice.’
Tarlov chimed in to try and bring Kilmeade back to reality, but it didn’t quite work. She insisted:
‘We’re not pretending like it’s a good thing that Donald Trump got impeached, that he’s sitting around happy that he’s in an elite club of three.’
Kilmeade tried to pivot away from that implication, passionately insisting that no, he just thinks that the president is in a good position here — although he’s impeached, facing often terrible poll numbers, rising opposition around the globe, and more. Kilmeade reasoned that somehow — no matter all of the evidence that’s already been publicly released and could be added from sources like John Bolton — the key testimony that Democrats are after won’t help their case. At this point, Kilmeade might try and spin a literal jailing as a positive for the president.
‘John Bolton could testify and I would say to Democrats, don’t wish for it too much because he has a super PAC and he’s got a book. Do you think that he has any future in blowing up this president when Donald Trump is the most powerful Republican figure in the country?’
So we’re all supposed to just cede to the wishes of Donald Trump now? Is that what he’s saying? Apparently so.