Hot spit take
by Tom Sullivan
Be advised. Swallow your coffee and put down that cup before reading on. Sen. Lindsey Graham has an announcement to make.
Days ago, Trump threatened to have House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “and many more” testify to “reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is.”
Republicans have criticized Schiff, Fox News reports, “for subpoenaing and releasing phone records of calls between the office of former Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani associate Lev Parnass, and journalist John Solomon.”
Responding to Maria Bartiromo, Graham hinted that might mean Democrats could call Nunes to testify in a Senate trial.
“I think it’s dangerous,” Graham said. “Here’s what I would tell Adam Schiff. Do you really want to start calling other members, Republican members of Congress in oversight? Do you want me to call you to the Senate as part of Senate oversight?”
“We’re not going to turn the Senate into a circus,” Graham finished.
Nor turn a Senate trial into a real one by putting Schiff under oath. Not an ice cube’s chance in hell.
Graham then offered the president some advice he won’t take:
“When 51 of us say we’ve heard enough, the trial is going to end,” Graham said. “The president’s going to be acquitted. He may want to call Schiff, he may want to call Hunter Biden, he may want to call Joe Biden. But here’s my advice to the president: If the Senate is ready to vote and ready to acquit you, you should celebrate that. And we can look at this other stuff outside of impeachment. Impeachment is tearing the country apart, I don’t want to give it any more credibility than it deserves.”
Graham really doesn’t understand his master. Swift acquittal is not what Trump wants. He wants to be proved right. He wants to WIN. He wants to inflict pain and suffering on his accusers. To humiliate them. He wants to crush his enemies, to see them driven before him, and to hear the lamentations of their women. Without so much blood, though, because “Oh my God, that’s disgusting.”
In this Martin and Lewis act, Trump is a teetotaling straight man.