Trump’s GOP Defenders Got Destroyed On The Sunday Shows

President Trump's effort to gaslight the American people after the release of his Ukraine call notes and the whistleblower complaint is not going well.
White House Adviser Stephen Miller, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) – (Source: Gage Skidmore)

White House Adviser Stephen Miller, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) – (Source: Gage Skidmore)

President Trump is running a familiar playbook. After the White House released the memo of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and the whistleblower complaint was made public, Trump has been scrambling. There is no honest way to defend the President of the United States illegally extorting a foreign power to investigate a political rival and then trying to cover up the effort. Now in a state of desperation amid House Democrats’ impeachment probe, President Trump and his sycophants have launched yet another disinformation campaign. It isn’t working.

President Trump and the Republican Party’s strategy is to lie about the memo that the White House released in the hopes their voters won’t read it. That tactic worked with the 448-page Mueller report, but that won’t work with a 5-page memo. They are also trying to defame the whistleblower and claim that their allegations are all hearsay. This runs contrary to the fact the White House corroborated part of the complaint, the memo itself matches the complaint, and Trump himself has admitted the core allegation.

After they distort the contents of President Trump’s phone call, Trump’s defenders then perform a clumsy deflection by making widely debunked allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden. If the Sunday shows and recent polling are any indication, these tactics are crashing and burning.

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First up, we have Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who claimed that he has no problem with President Trump’s effort to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.

CNN’s Jake Tapper wasted no time in putting the allegations Jordan was making against Joe Biden to rest, while reminding Jordan of allegations he himself faces.

Then, we have White House Senior Adviser, and anti-immigrant bigot, Stephen Miller. Fox News’ Chris Wallace called out his lack of answers.

Next, we have Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), whose stunning shift from Senator McCain’s best friend to chief Trump Senate sycophant has stunned the nation. As usual, Graham was shameless in his defenses of President Trump.

Finally, we have House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

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If those clips weren’t enough to prove this strategy isn’t working, polling backs that up. As we’ve seen with multiple polls last week, and a new one this weekend, support for an impeachment inquiry into Trump is rising.

Telling the American people not to believe their eyes and ears is not a sustainable strategy. If President Trump and his defenders want to stop public opinion from shifting away from them, they’ll have to stop treating the American people as if they are stupid. It would also help if they stopped committing crimes.

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