WHEN AMERICA learned through a whistleblower complaint that President Trump tried to coerce the president of Ukraine into digging up dirt against his strongest political opponent, Trump world spun completely off its already wobbly axis.
First, the President howled in shock that anyone could misinterpret such a “beautiful” and “perfect” conversation. Then, the President’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, screeched at a reporter that he — Giuliani — was going “to be the hero!” in this story and the whistleblower be damned.
Meanwhile, Team MAGA took to social media to advance every possible version of the deep-state conspiracy theory, pointing their trembling fingers at the whistleblower, the “fake” media, lifelong intelligence officers, international spies, State Department spies, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Robert Muller, past Presidents of both parties and Sasquatch.
I’m kidding. Suggesting that Sasquatch somehow framed Donald Trump would have too much credibility for most of these folks.
It would be a waste of time and space to walk through all of the disinformation and outright falsehoods associated with these claims of conspiracy. Those who advance them use only pieces of partial facts, ignore obvious truths and expect us to believe what they say over what we see with our own eyes.
Over the past week, the response from the White House has grown increasingly hysterical. If the President’s Twitter feed is any measure, he is clearly in a panic. For the first time in 2.5 years, he may actually be facing consequences for his unscrupulous conduct as President in the form of impeachment hearings.
Enter New Hampshire’s Corey Lewandowski, stage left.
Last week, CNN reported that the President was considering bringing Mr. Lewandowski, his fired and discredited former campaign manager, back on board to lead a communications response operation for all things impeachment related. Yesterday, on WGIR’s New Hampshire Today radio show, Lewandowski told host Jack Heath that it would “be fair” to say he is considering passing on a run for the U.S. Senate in order to focus on defending the President and getting him reelected.
Lewandowski is an interesting, if not unsurprising, choice to act as the voice of this President’s defense. Two weeks ago, while testifying in a Congressional hearing, Lewandowski not only acknowledged that he was dishonest while answering questions in a February interview, he went on to say, “I have no obligation to be honest with the media.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to honesty, Donald Trump and Corey Lewandowski are two peas in a pod.
But we cannot abandon the search for truth, especially in the days ahead. Impeachment hearings are inherently destructive and divisive. Both sides will do everything in their power to manipulate information to influence the American people.
What’s worse, in this “it takes one to know one” age of politics, the greatest fear is that once the Democrats go down this path, Republicans will feel obligated to impeach the next Democrat President in retribution, sending our country into a spiraling cycle of political attacks that can only end in the ultimate destruction of our constitutional republic.
Now more than ever, the future of our nation lies in the hands of We the People. It is incumbent upon every American to pay attention to these proceedings, to discern for themselves the difference between facts and political spin, and to demand that truth prevails over fiction.
It won’t be easy.
Former state Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn is active in political and civic affairs.