As the father of two girls, ages two and three, I’ve gotten used to little kids freaking out over the most basic of things. The announcement of bedtime never fails to elicit complaints and desperate bargaining for staying up longer, for example. Those freak outs are normal and what you’d expect from children, but on Saturday we got the same reaction from adults over the foregone conclusion of the second failed impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
Why anyone was surprised by the failure is a mystery. It was a long-telegraphed punch; it was like re-watching the Super Bowl on your DVR a week later and betting on Kansas City again. There was no way Trump was guilty of inciting a riot, as Democrats charged, so much so that they barely attempted to make that case. They spent most of their time accusing him of not doing enough to stop it after it started, that he was derelict in his duty as President of the United States, but that wasn’t an article of impeachment.
Maybe Democrats rushing impeachment through the House wasn’t the smartest strategy. Nancy Pelosi wanted to get it done quickly, then took her time. In the time she did take she skipped the part where the House held any hearings whatsoever.
Democrats were in such a hurry, and so full of rage, that they simply didn’t care that they didn’t build a case, they just declared one. Everyone watching could see it. That there wasn’t a case to build didn’t help, but of all the options they could have lined up behind, inciting a riot was the weakest by a long shot. But it was also the easiest to explain to the public, so the took it.
Then, as if to put a fine point on the fact that they didn’t have a case, Democrats took their sweet time delivering the one article to the Senate. That pushed the trial date past the end of Trump’s presidency. Even if more Republicans wanted to convict on a weak, nonsensical charge, trying a former president in the Senate is obviously not constitutional.
We’ll never know how many votes delay for vanity and public relations purposes cost Democrats, but judging by the statements released after the acquittal, the number is greater than zero.
That being said, it doesn’t matter. There was no case to make for any of the garbage Democrats flung at the wall. But the reaction of the elites to the trial and verdict was a temper tantrum for the ages.
Keith Olbermann (remember him?) took off his PJs for the first time in a year, strolled out to his balcony to record a video rant which only served to remind a public disinterested in his thoughts that he still thinks he has some. “THE GOP DECLARED WAR ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY,” he tweeted in all-caps, letting the world know he was serious.
MSNBC’s “conservative” Nicolle Wallace hyperventilated, “I thought this was some of the most airtight evidence. They literally put the Constitution up, which is a Republican schtick.” She’s as loyal to the Constitution as she is to conservative principles and her first husband.
The Washington Post was upset that senators weren’t paying close attention to every belch and drool from each Democrat House manager. “They doodled. They nodded off. They kicked their feet up. They giggled. They tapped their fingers impatiently. They passed notes,” the Post reported. “This wasn’t the conduct of high school teenagers, but rather U.S. senators during an impeachment trial intended to hold accountable former president Donald Trump.” The poor dears.
Post bridge troll Jennifer Rubin, maintaining her streak of being wrong about everything and still thinking screaming it to the world is a good idea, declared, “House managers utterly vindicated. They got every vote possible.”
George Conway, still stinging from the demise of The Lincoln Project, demonstrated why he’s not going to win any parenting awards anytime soon, said, “I guess it's time to face facts. Neither the Constitution's impeachment mechanism (except for federal judges) nor section 4 of the 25th Amendment (except perhaps for comas) really works.”
These are just a few examples of adults, highly paid professionals, acting like children upset that it’s bedtime or denied a toy they wanted. Whether or not they’re truly shocked or upset is something only each individual can know. But it is time to put the Trump Derangement Syndrome to bed, after a diaper change, or course.
Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.