President Donald Trump set the record straight on the eve of his impeachment with a defiant letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Condemning the years of partisan attacks that have shadowed him from the first day of his tenure, Trump accused Pelosi of waging an “open war on American democracy,” Breitbart reported, and warned that history would judge her party for an “unprecedented” abuse of power, according to Fox News.
Democrats and the media have responded by calling Trump’s letter the ramblings of a madman or a confession of guilt, although the letter is true in its essence: Democrats have been looking for a pretext to impeach Trump from day one.
“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!”
In language full of Trumpian idiosyncrasy, the president accused Democrats of working to overturn the 2016 election and “steal” the next one with baseless impeachment charges. The president defended his phone call with Ukraine’s president and said that the Dems’ first charge, abuse of power, is “meritless” and a projection of what former Vice President Joe Biden “actually did” by pressuring Ukraine’s president to fire a prosecutor who had investigated the gas company on whose board his son sat.
Trump said that the impeachment charges pivot on a “policy disagreement” between the White House and Congress, and accused Democrats, by accusing him of obstruction, of criminalizing his use of “constitutionally based privileges that have been asserted on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties throughout our nation’s history.” The president struck a personal tone as he attested to the damage the last three years of Democrat hoaxes have done to the country and his family.
“Few people in high position could have endured or passed this test,” Trump wrote. “You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family. You conducted a fake investigation upon the democratically elected President of the United States, and you are doing it yet again. There are not many people who could have taken the punishment inflicted during this period of time, and yet done so much for the success of America and its citizens.”
The president cited remarks from Democrats and newspapers touting impeachment as far back as January 2017, including Pelosi’s recent admission that Democrats have been impeaching Trump for “two and a half years.”
The president also blasted Democrats for putting the country through “turmoil and torment” with the Russia collusion hoax, only to move on to the “next hoax” with no apologies, and slammed the left for continuing to ignore the FBI’s abuses of power recently exposed by the inspector general’s report.
Trump claimed that through it all, he has received less in the way of due process than the accused in the Salem witch trials. Trump said that he did not expect Pelosi to drop impeachment and that he wrote the letter “for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record.”
“I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election. They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of power,” he opined.
In his no-nonsense way, Trump called out the Democrats for referencing “the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme” and singled out Pelosi for insulting the intelligence of American voters by pretending to pursue impeachment somberly and with reluctance. Pelosi responded to the letter by calling it “sick,” and the media followed that cue, calling it “deranged” and the angry confession of a guilty man.
Or, perhaps, it was simply the righteous anger of a man wrongly accused. The House of Representatives will hold a “historic” vote to impeach Trump Wednesday — but he will soon be acquitted, and his letter will be remembered as a bold statement of truth.