On the eve of his impeachment, Donald Trump sent a list of grievances in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi complaining about how unfair it all is that he is being impeached for his corrupt and criminal misconduct in office. “No one has ever held me accountable for anything in my life before!”
Let’s be clear: the language used in this letter is not the language that the Twitter-troll-in chief, with his limited vocabulary, regularly abuses the English language with in his Twitter rages daily.
This letter is no doubt the bastard child of his White Nationalism adviser Stephen Miller and the Wicked Witch of the White House, Kellyanne Conway. This is the unhinged language that they regularly use. Trump did not “write” this letter alone. This was a collaborative effort into the darkness of insanity.
As Jennifer Rubin says, It is hard to capture how bizarre and frightening Trump’s letter to Pelosi is:
On the eve of his impeachment, a stain that obviously torments him more than his enablers have let on, President Trump issued a rambling, unhinged and lie-filled letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). It is difficult to capture how bizarre and frightening the letter is simply by counting the utter falsehoods (e.g., repeating the debunked accusation that Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was fired for investigating Burisma; claiming Congress is obstructing justice; arguing he was afforded no rights in the process), or by quoting from the invective dripping from his pen.
What is most striking is the spectacle of the letter itself — a president so unhinged as to issue such an harangue; a White House entirely unable to stop him; a party so subservient to him that it would not trigger a search for a new nominee; a right-wing media bubble that will herald Trump for being Trump and excoriate Democrats for driving the president to this point; and a mainstream media not quite able to address a public temper-tantrum (resorting instead to euphemisms such as “scorching,” “searing,” etc.). The letter and the response (or lack thereof) is the perfect encapsulation of the state of American politics — in which one major party has bound itself to the mast of a raging, dangerous narcissist while the other cannot uphold the norms and institutions on which our democracy depends [because of Republican complicity].
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To say the impeachment process is “partisan,” or that the two sides are “unable to agree,” misleads average Americans who think there is some shared responsibility for the result of one party’s willingness to subvert the truth and the Constitution. Trump brought impeachment on himself and has become, like his Fox News information source, untethered to reality. Republicans are refusing to live up to their oaths. That is the reality; the solution comes in 2020.
Aaron Blake of The Post provides an annotated version to Trump’s unhinged, lie-filled letter. President Trump’s written tirade to Nancy Pelosi, annotated.
The New York Times also provides an annotated fact check version to Trump’s unhinged, lie-filled letter. Read Trump’s Letter to Pelosi Protesting Impeachment.
The Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, breaks down Trump’s extraordinary six-page letter to Pelosi.
Donald Trump is increasingly erratic and untethered from reality. He demonstrates daily that he is mentally and emotionally unstable, and is getting worse. He is a danger to himself and to society. Trump has always been morally unfit to hold the high office of the presidency.
If Trump’s coconspirators and accessories in Congress who are aiding and abetting his crimes in progress — On impeachment eve, Trump repeats the crime: Even as the House on Tuesday worked out the rules of the debate that will almost certainly see President Trump impeached by Wednesday night, Trump and his team continued to commit the very offenses for which he is being punished — “acquit” him in a sham trial in the Senate, Donald Trump will feel unbound to abuse his power. He will be freed to become the autocrat of his dreams.
There is no telling what outrages we are likely to witness over the coming year — the prosecution of Trump’s political opponents by his corrupt Attorney General, the rigging of the 2020 election with the assistance of foreign interference from Russia, and if Trump still manages to lose the election, his refusal to concede the presidency by questioning the electoral integrity and legitimacy of the election (which he has undermined), or by force of arms from his unhinged followers in the personality cult of Donald Trump, something he previously threatened in 2016.
This coming year is going to be the most unsettled and dangerous time in American history since the election of 1860, and the secession of the Confederate States and Civil War that followed in its wake, all because Republicans in Congress have abdicated their constitutional duty in support of an obvious madman who is hellbent on destroying our democratic norms, values and institutions in pursuit of replacing American democracy with an authoritarian autocracy under permanent Republican rule.
The survival of American democracy is at stake. It is time for patriotic Americans to stand up and be counted in defense of the Constitution and American democracy against this existential threat.