Quote of the Day
"At some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it’s a straight call."
-- Trump, in an interview on Thursday with the Washington Examiner
Really. I swear this is true. You know I wouldn't lie to you. This isn't from The Onion. Trump really, truly did actually say this.
This is SO cool. Just the idea of Trump sitting in a comfy chair, in front of a warm, cozy fire, ready the full transcript that covers much of what we've already seen that was so damning it launched an impeachment inquiry. We wouldn't need a secret tape of the call, Trump would recreate it all himself. Both parts!!
And it wouldn't matter which version he read -- after all, even the short, edited "perfect call" was enough to start the impeachment investigation. Maybe he'd try a Ukrainian accent when reading President Zelensky's side.. Just imagine, too, what a treat it would be when he goes "off-script." Besides which, watching Trump struggle with reading prepared text would be a teaching moment for little children.
FDR, eat your heart out.
Mind you, this will never take place. Everyone on the White House staff would risk Secret Service arrest by tackling Trump en masse before he could make it on camera, but still just the idea alone is so lovely. Not only for the image, but for the concept of how clueless Trump clearly is about how much at risk he's already put himself.
You can read the whole article here.
By the way, it's worth it. Because not only do you get quotes like this, but oh-so-much more bonus material! Like you get Trump calling the testimony earlier that day by his former aide Tim Morrison (who was in on the Ukraine call live) to be -- and again, honest, this is real -- "fantastic."
This is great news for impeachment! That's because every report I've seen on the testimony of Mr. Morrison (who had recently quit his job) has said that he very clearly corroborated the testimony of Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman. As you'll recall, that was testimony so damning by the NSC advisor and Purple Heart recipient that Trump and Republicans went out of their way to try and demean the 20-year military veteran.
What Trump liked was that Mr. Morrison said he didn't think there was anything illegal in the call. But then, he is not a lawyer, nor was he called to give his opinion on the legality of what was said. He was there to testify about what was said. And what was said confirmed what Lt. Colonel Vindman said. Which Trump has now said was -- say it all together -- "fantastic."
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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