Democrats finally came out with their Articles of Impeachment last week, offering up two articles which they will presumably take a vote on this week.
But something was noticeably missing. Remember how they poll tested the term bribery and were accusing President Donald Trump of that because supposedly the poll said that term resonated more?
The articles alleged were the amorphous “abuse of power” and the “obstruction of Congress,” but not bribery as a separate article by itself.
So a reporter apparently had the temerity to be a journalist and ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), “what happened to bribery?” She actually gave this answer at the end of last week but in the crush of everything else, it only seems to be getting more air today and we didn’t want you to miss her incoherent non-response.
As Byron York observes, “confusion” ensued.
House Democrats accuse President Trump of bribery but did not include that accusation in articles of impeachment. Speaker Pelosi is asked why. Confusion ensues: https://t.co/ZnT920IkPP pic.twitter.com/dbZgNxynDY
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 17, 2019
.@nancycordes asks Nancy Pelosi why bribery is not one of the impeachment articles after Pelosi accused Pres. Trump of it
Pelosi says the articles are “very powerful, they’re very strong, and they are a continuation of a pattern of misbehavior on the part of the president” pic.twitter.com/TD9o7BcPRI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 12, 2019
Huh, what? When did she start practicing medicine? And where was the answer to that question in all that muck?
“The articles are what they are?” “There’s no use having a discussion here?” Yeah, especially when she has no idea what to say.
Pro tip? Yes, people react strongly and understand the term bribery. They also understand when it doesn’t exist and when there’s no evidence to support it. Which is why the Democrats had to move out to the more amorphous umbrella terms/articles of “abuse of power” and “obstruction,” although those articles are also problematic.
People had lots of fun with that incompressible response.
REPORTER: You accused @realDonaldTrump of bribery, why didn’t you include it in the articles of impeachment?
PELOSI: “I, myself, am not a lawyer.”
ALSO PELOSI: pic.twitter.com/GvbF0KL1Gz
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) December 12, 2019
You’re not much of a representative, either.
— Lobo (@mikemcbride0257) December 12, 2019
I didn’t understand one thing she said, EXCEPT that she is practicing medicine without a medical degree.😬
— Nina (@graceenedina) December 17, 2019
@nancycordes – the reason is there is no evidence of bribery, or any evidence of any real crimes. He is being charged with winning an election.
— MOH (@mohdux2) December 12, 2019
— Jeff Willis (@jwillis637) December 12, 2019
The House Judiciary did try to slip in some crimes after getting it under the umbrella of abuse of power, but they also suffer from the same problem of lack of evidence.