Transcripts of closed-door testimony from a series of witnesses in front of the House Intelligence Committee seem to affirm the idea that a quid pro quo was in place between the US and Ukraine. He was ordered by a judge in New York to pay $2 million as restitution for using his Trump Foundation charity as a slush fund for his political interests. Elections in Kentucky and Virginia suggested Democratic momentum in 2018 hasn’t worn off. He lost an appeal to keep his taxes from being released. And on and on it goes.
1. “I just told them I’ve got to come over and see the fake news. Let’s go.”
I feel like this suggests Trump reads my recaps of his press conferences and speeches. Speaking of which: And away we go!
2. “I’m not concerned about anything.”
3. “I mean, for the most part, I never even heard of these people. I have no idea who they are.”
This is, of course, an outlandish statement. Trump “has never even heard” of the former US ambassador to Ukraine? Give me a break.
4. “And all that matters is one thing: the transcript. And the transcript is perfect.”
(Narrator voice) It isn’t.
5. “Well, they shouldn’t be having public hearings. This is a hoax. This is just like the Russian witch hunt. This is just a continuation.”
Trump never elaborates on why he believes the House shouldn’t have public hearings on impeachment. (Those hearings are slated to start next week.) But, if he truly believes they are a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” wouldn’t he want that to be exposed by public hearings?
6. “I saw he said very nice things about me last night. But we’ll have to see. I’ll have to see.”
Trump, asked about Jeff Sessions’ just-announced Senate bid, proves — yet again — that all he does is watch cable TV news
.7. “I had a very good call with the President of Ukraine. I assume that’s what you’re talking about. The call was perfect.”
I know I have been over this ground before but … what, exactly, constitutes a “perfect” phone call? Is it about the contents of the call? The execution? The connection clarity?
8. “My charity was great. I gave a lot of money away.”
Former New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said that her investigation of the Trump Foundation produced “a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.” So, yeah — “great.”
9. “New York is a corrupt state. It’s a corrupt state, it’s a shame.”
Wait, wait. Isn’t Trump President of all 50 states? Including New York?
10. “I gave $19 million away. And what happened is, instead of saying, ‘Thank you, great,’ they hit me with a lawsuit and it was started by a man who had to get out because he beat up women.”
The man in question here is former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman resigned his post in May 2018 amid allegations by several women that he assaulted them. Worth noting here that Trump faced a slew of allegations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen women in the run-up to the 2016 election.
11. “I had a call. I’m sure it was fine. I mean, you know, I have to — I make a lot of calls.”
12. “I’m very transparent. Nobody is more transparent than I am.”
Donald Trump was the first major party candidate in modern memory to refuse to release any of his past tax returns. He is also the first president post-Watergate to refuse to do so. So, yeah.
13. “And I’ll tell you, the whistleblower, I call him the fake whistleblower. He gave a fake report of my phone call.”
I am going to record myself saying: “Nothing the whistleblower alleged has been proven incorrect or inaccurate in any way.” And then just hit “PLAY” over and over and over again.
14. “My phone call was perfect. He made it sound bad. That’s why I had to release.”
The transcript just doesn’t say what Trump thinks it says.
15. “So the whistleblower is a disgrace to our country. A disgrace. And the whistleblower, because of that, should be revealed.”
This is truly stunning stuff. The whistleblower followed procedures put in place for just this thing. And (hits PLAY) “Nothing the whistleblower alleged has been proven incorrect or inaccurate in any way.” And yet Trump is saying the person is a “disgrace” and urging his or her identity be revealed. Chilling stuff.
16. “And his lawyer, who said the worst things possible two years ago, he should be sued. And maybe for treason. Maybe for treason.”
The whistleblower’s lawyer should be charged with treason?!?! For what, exactly? Oh, Trump doesn’t explain.
17. “(Schiff) made up a speech and he put my voice in it. He made up a speech, had nothing to do with what I said.”
Trump has latched onto this argument, which is so dumb and so easily proven false. Please read this about that. I beg you.
18. “They’ve gone out and they’ve gone out of their way to find the people that hate Donald Trump, President Trump, the most.”
No. Evidence. Any. Witnesses. Hate. Trump.
19. “We are winning so big. My polls are the highest they’ve ever been, I’m leading in all of the states, every swing state.”
20. “Nancy Pelosi should go back to her district, which is horrible. It’s filthy. It’s drug-infested. The stuff’s being flown out to the ocean — it’s being wiped out to the ocean through their drainage systems.”
Reminder: Donald Trump is President of the people in Nancy Pelosi’s district too!
Let us not forget he is a “Very Stable Genius!”.