That was one hell of a tantrum President Barack Obama threw, wasn’t it? He had had enough. Enough of all the lies and bogus investigations. He went ahead and made like Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction, going medieval on their asses. Oh, wait a minute. That never happened, did it?
I may have gotten a couple of those details wrong. It wasn’t Obama, but instead Trump who on Wednesday threw that pathetic, unhinged, couldn’t-make-this-up-if-we-tried hissyfit. He ended—before it had even started—an ostensible meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss how to pay for $2 trillion in infrastructure (Schumer’s take was that Trump knew he had no feasible plan to pay for the spending, and that’s why he spiked the meeting).
Furthermore, The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote did what he did in response not to bogus investigations, but to very serious ones that are grounded in facts and evidence, and did what he did in response not to lies but to Pelosi telling the American people the hard truth, namely: “We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.” Later that day, she went further:
Ã¢Â€ÂœThe investigations are reaping benefits,Ã¢Â€Â Pelosi argues at CAP, saying Ã¢Â€Âœin order to go toÃ¢Â€Â impeachment they need to build their case. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe fact is in, in plain sight, this president is obstructing justice and is engaged in a coverup. And that could be an impeachable offense.Ã¢Â€Â
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 22, 2019
For his part, Individual 1 said that he simply would no longer work with Congressional Democrats on, well, anything—not if they continued to have the temerity to perform their constitutionally mandated directive to perform oversight regarding the executive branch. “It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time,” Trump huffed in a tweet. He also said: “I don’t do cover-ups.” I’ll let George Conway (Kellyanne’s husband) handle the response:
Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t do cover-ups.Ã¢Â€Â pic.twitter.com/lhG8Kssmrt
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 23, 2019
As for Trump’s predecessor, can you imagine Barack Obama pulling that kind of stunt? Bear in mind, congressional Republicans threw all kinds of bullshit investigations at him and his administration, and slung some truly awful—not to mention groundless—charges at him. What, you don’t remember? How about a refresher?
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