Fox’s Juan Williams called Donald Trump’s defiant impeachment eve letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “a scream from a guilty man.”
The president accused Pelosi (D-CA) of an “open attack on American democracy” in the missive, which his supporters have hailed as an epic rebuke of the Democrats’ three-year war to remove him from power. But Democrats have insisted that Trump’s anger at being wrongly accused of Russia collusion, treason, and other crimes is just further proof of his guilt.
“The president sends a letter to Nancy Pelosi that’s essentially a scream from a guilty man,” Williams said on Tuesday, according to Fox. “I’m going to say it’s a hoax, I’m going to say that was a perfect call.”
“A scream from a guilty man”
In any show trial, protestations of innocence by the accused are proof of wrong. So is the case with the impeachment of Donald Trump, who elicited jeers and cries of “guilty” with a six-page letter affirming his innocence on the eve of his impeachment in the House.
Pelosi called it “really sick,” according to The Hill, and many in the media adopted that tack, suggesting that the letter proves Trump is mentally ill or otherwise guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” In the letter, Trump denied all wrongdoing in his actions toward Ukraine and angrily accused Democrats of waging a relentless war to overturn the 2016 election that began the day he rose to the office.
Written in Trump’s classic, stream-of-consciousness style, the letter recounts how the Democrats have discussed impeachment for years, disassembles the Russia collusion “slander,” and slams the impeachment as merely “the next hoax” after Robert Mueller came up empty. Reacting to the letter, Williams said that Trump was undercutting his defense by choosing to attack Pelosi with insults instead of responding with arguments.
“He says, ‘I can’t argue with you, but I’m going to call you names,'” Williams said. “You did something wrong, Mr. President. That’s not right to try to use your power as a representative of the United States to get information on your political opponent. Don’t do it.”
Trump’s scathing rebuke
Never mind that Trump did supply evidence, including Pelosi’s recent admission that Democrats were impeaching Trump for “two and a half years,” not to mention the inspector general’s recent findings on the FBI’s abuse of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court.
In his letter, Trump accused Democrats of having “cheapened” impeachment and warned that they would pay at the ballot box for showing open contempt for the will of American voters.
“Everyone, you included, knows what is really happening,” Trump said. “Your chosen candidate lost the election in 2016, in an Electoral College landslide (306–227), and you and your party have never recovered from this defeat. So you have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify their votes. You view democracy as your enemy!”
Trump also took Pelosi to task for pretending to be “solemn” about impeachment, saying that “no intelligent person” could possibly believe that Democrats are pursuing impeachment with regret. Pelosi continued with the “prayerful” act Wednesday with the subtlety of an anvil falling from the sky by wearing all black to mark the occasion, The Hill noted.
Many in the media marked Wednesday’s impeachment vote as a “solemn” and serious occasion, but could barely contain their enthusiasm that Trump was finally being impeached — although it won’t end with his removal. Democratic lawmakers were apparently told not to look too happy, Mediaite reported.