As a whistleblower scandal continues to impede on Donald Trump’s ability to govern, there are some within the Washington politi-sphere who are using this opportunity to take dirty, cheap shots at the President.
On the far left, the push for impeachment has never been greater. Nancy Pelosi herself, once a staunch opponent of the maneuver, has now turned utterly desperate in her attempts to thwart what now seems inevitable. Her belief is that a failed impeachment, a likely possibility given the current makeup of the Senate, would only serve to bolster Donald Trump’s chances at reelection in 2020.
Some are taking their proposed opposition to the President much, much further, however. Bill Weld, the former Governor of Massachusetts who is currently considering a primary challenge to President Trump in the 2020 race said this week on MSNBC that he believes the President could be put to death over this latest whistleblower scandal.
“Well, obviously, canceling primaries undermines democratic institutions and democratic elections, but that’s far from the deepest high crime the president has committed here,” Weld told host Joe Scarborough. “He’s now acknowledged that in a single phone call right after he suspended $250 million of military aid to Ukraine, he called up the president of Ukraine and pressed him eight times to investigate Joe Biden, who the president thinks is going to be running against him.”
“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election,” he continued. “It couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions — that is treason. It’s treason pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty. The penalty on the Constitution is removal from office, and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he could work out a plea deal.”
President Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the case, intimating that he never put pressure on any foreign leader, as the whistleblower has suggested, and that, if he had done so, it would not have been inappropriate.