House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she believes President Donald J. Trump “is almost self-impeaching.”
“He is every day demonstrating more obstruction of justice and disrespect for Congress' legitimate role to subpoena,” she said.
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the national Republican Party, has a somewhat different take.
“Why do Democrats keep fixating on the same Russia collusion lies?” she tweeted. “Because they don’t want to admit that our economy is booming, wage growth is skyrocketing, unemployment under @realDonaldTrump has reached historic lows. The facts don’t lie.”
The president, of course, lines up with McDaniel.
“Dems can’t win the election fairly,” he tweeted. “You can’t impeach a president for creating the best economy in our country’s history.”
It’s time, he says, to move on.
“No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction,” he tweeted. “ALL THE CRIMES ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE, and that’s what the Dems should be looking at, but they won’t. Nevertheless, the tables are turning!”
If he’s ever worried about how all of this is going to turn out, the president need only turn to his favorite morning show, “Fox and Friends,” for reassurance.
One recent morning, he tweeted about host Ainsley Earhardt demanding to know who would be held accountable for the two years Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent investigating Russian efforts to help the president get elected.
“TREASONOUS HOAX!” the president tweeted.
In the Fox News version of events, the conspiracy began with the British spy Christopher Steele and his “fake dossier.”
"This was a coup,” the president told Fox News host Sean Hannity last month. “This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government.”
Wait a minute. Didn’t this whole conspiracy start before the election, at a time when Barack Obama was still president of the United States?
Well, sure, but don’t let that worry you. Such minor details won’t slow down our president. He’s never been one to let a few pesky facts get in the way.
Democrats, of course, have a far different take. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler uses terms like “constitutional crisis” to describe where we find ourselves, and Pelosi agrees.
"Yes, I do agree with Chairman Nadler," she said. “The administration has decided that they are not going to honor their oath of office.”
Folks on both sides make reference to the Watergate scandal that drove President Richard Nixon from office nearly 45 years ago, but it’s as if they are living on different planets.
Democrats are referring to the break-in and the subsequent cover-up. For the president, the scandal is all about what this nation’s law enforcement community did to drive him from office.
“I think it’s far bigger than Watergate,” he told Hannity back in April. “I think it's possibly the biggest scandal in political history in this country. Maybe beyond political.”
The president insists that enemies within the so-called “deep state” concocted reasons to go after him over his campaign’s contacts with Russia.
Never mind the actual contacts. Never mind that the Russians really did interfere in our election.
Forget about the fact that these so-called conspirators were so bent on making sure the president lost the election that they failed to tell anyone about their investigation, failed to reveal any of the contents of that infamous dossier until the president was safely ensconced in the White House.
What the president wants you to think about is the bias of the investigators. Don’t lose focus, ladies and gentlemen. The president is the victim here. The investigators are the bad guys.
Will the strategy work? I guess we’ll find out.
Kelly Hawes is a columnist for CNHI News Indiana. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.