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Monday, December 2, 2019

Is this a response from the Charlestown 1906?

Mageau channels Faux News in full-throated defense of Trump
By Will Collette
Did Mageau go back for a refill?
On November 24, I challenged the 1,906 Charlestown residents who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 to respond with their views on the guy they wanted for president.

In light of the current impeachment proceedings against Trump over his bribery and extortion of Ukraine to advance his personal ambitions, and to benefit his Russian patron, Vladimir Putin, I offered a list of 25 instances where Trump put Russia’s interests ahead of America’s.

I received no direct responses but on November 27, leading Charlestown Trumpnik Jim Mageau wrote a letter to the editor of the Westerly Sun. In it, he defended Trump largely through attacks on Trump’s accusers.

I have gone point by point through Mageau’s letter to refute each statement and claim. Mageau’s words are in regular typeface. My responses are in bold red.

Letter: Impeachment won’t matter in the end
By James M. Mageau to the Westerly Sun
Nov 27, 2019 Updated Nov 28, 2019

 “Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, for they run with the foxes and bark like the hounds” is an old Biblical warning that is true today.

The dishonest, corrupt hearings taking place in Washington, D.C., titled the “Impeachment of the president inquiry,” is evidence of that.

And this letter is evidence that Mageau has lost the capacity for independent thought, reduced to simply regurgitating Fox News talking points.

After receiving inside information from an unidentified “whistleblower,” the Speaker of the Democrat-controlled House, Nancy Pelosi, made a decision to hold hearings. She then authorized Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, to convene the hearings.

Under LAW, whistleblowers are protected from retaliation by their superiors by having their identities kept confidential. Their willingness to come forward and reveal wrong-doing has saved taxpayers billions of dollars. Trump and GOP attacks on THIS whistleblower are in violation of long-standing federal law.

Notwithstanding the fact that Schiff has a well-deserved reputation of being a pathetic liar, and cheat, Speaker Pelosi chose him anyway. Her decision to do that indicates that she is no better than he is for permitting the hearings to be held before his committee.

WHAT “well-deserved reputation?” Based on what, Jim? As for Pelosi choosing him, Shiff chairs the House Intelligence Committee. Trump’s bribery and extortion of Ukraine fall under his jurisdiction.

Even if she had given the task to any one of the several other committees investigating various Trump crimes, it would not matter to Republicans. They and Trump have insulted and demeaned all of them.

Personally, I would have preferred the recently deceased Rep. Elijah Cummings to head the first round of formal impeachment hearings, but of course, that’s now impossible. Rep. Cummings chaired the House Oversight Committee.

His radical left-wing ideology and his hatred for President Trump has caused him to lose his sense of fairness, honor, dignity and pride.

This is pure Trumpian logic. Without evidence, Mageau accuses Shiff of having no “sense of fairness, honor, dignity and pride.” when the public figure most worthy of such a description is Trump himself. Haven’t you noticed when Trump insults a person or group, his insults are usually reflections of his own guilt?

As its chairman, he conducted dishonest and unfair hearings.

How so, Jim? He presided over hearings where qualified witnesses testified under oath and were cross-examined by Republican committee members and staff.

Notwithstanding that, do [sic] to the diligence of the minority Republican members and their questioning of his witnesses, Schiff and his Democrat colleagues were unable to show us that President Trump did anything wrong. On the contrary, each one of his witnesses admitted under oath that they heard no quid pro quo, no extortion and no bribery!

You didn’t really watch the hearings, did ya, Jim? Your claim that “each one of [Schiff’s] witnesses admitted under oath” they heard nothing, is completely false.

Witness after witness after witness testified UNDER OATH to Trump’s bribery and extortion of Ukraine for political help on the 2016 election and the upcoming 2020 election.

They confirmed what Trump himself has already admitted on Fox and Friends on November 22 and in the official White House call summary (the so-called "Transcript") of his July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president. He has already confessed. But the call was "perfect."

So did his Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney who said publicly admitted the quid pro quo in an October 17 news conference. Mulvaney also said they do quid pro quo deals all the time and that we should “get used to it.”

It is shocking to me that you, Jim, a man who has always proclaimed his patriotism would excuse Trump for asking foreign governments for help in winning elections. He did it in 2016 and is doing it again going into the 2020 election.

Jim, as a patriot, how can you condone this conduct?

But that will not make any difference!

The Democrats will still make the unprecedented decision to impeach the president because they hate him for defeating their candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. He will then be acquitted by the Senate.

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Unprecedented, Jim? What about Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment? Talk about hate… go back and read some of the things Lindsay Graham said about impeachment during Clinton’s impeachment and what Graham is saying now.

Yeah, Trump might be acquitted by the Republican majority in the Senate if they decide to put party above country, but we have a ways to go before that vote. Every day brings new revelations of Trump wrong-doing. Maybe just maybe there might be some Republicans who will do the right thing.

In the 2020 elections President Trump will win reelection by a landslide, the Republicans will win back control of the House of Representatives and continue to control the Senate.

The Democrats will then blame their defeat on Russian/Ukraine interference.

Wishful thinking, Jim, that Trump will be re-elected. But if he is, you can be pretty sure Russia and perhaps other foreign governments had a hand in it. 

Foreign interference has already started for the 2020 election. Senate Republican leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell is blocking all legislation aimed at giving state and local election officials help in blocking it.