Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks to the media with members of Senate Republican leadership, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, after their weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
One of the scurrilous charges being thrown at President Trump by the imbeciles who make up the House of Representatives ‘impeachment managers’ in the ongoing travesty of the Senate trial is that somehow he damaged Ukraine’s ability to defend itself.
Facially, this is rather stupid. The first lethal aid provided to Ukraine ever by the United States arrived in April 2018. Prior to then, the Obama administration had focused on the really big ticket items like MREs and blankets. This fact, alone, should be enough to torpedo the whole nonsense about the short delay in delivering aid earlier this year being critical. In fact, none of the Javelin anti-tank missiles have yet been used in combat. But it wasn’t.
As if attempting to prove that military service does not imbue one with either manliness or honor, Colorado Representative Jason Crow claimed that the delay in military assistance caused the death of Ukrainian soldiers. This is a monstrous lie and should have been called out by someone in the Senate. But it wasn’t even the worst:
Democratic manager just finished his opening argument by actually referring to Ukranian soldiers serving a coup government fighting in a civil war as "our men and women in uniform." Democrats want to impeach Trump for rejecting globalism. #ImpeachmentTrial
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) January 22, 2020
But if the truth was no barrier to the knowingly dishonest Democrat attacks on President Trump, you could be sure that mere hypocrisy would not be. And it wasn’t As it turned out at least four of the House ‘impeachment managers’ either voted against providing lethal aid to Ukraine, or declined to vote on the bill at all.
The Democratic House Managers’ hypocrisy is on full display: they’ve spent most of their time lecturing the Senate on aid to Ukraine, yet four of them voted AGAINST legislation that provided the very same aid they’re lecturing us on.
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) January 24, 2020
And funny that 4 of the managers…actually voted NO, in giving aide to Ukraine…Hear Joni Ernst. pic.twitter.com/a0VegeeTW0
— Kris⛳️🏌🏼♀️🇺🇸 (@Raddmom) January 24, 2020
3 of the House managers voted NO to providing aid to the Ukraine. @EliseStefanik lists who they are….
— Femme Fatale (@RealBasedMAGA) January 24, 2020
The guilty parties are Fat Jerry Nadler (who voted against Ukraine aid twice), Zoe Lofgren, Sylvia Garcia and Hakeem Jeffries who voted against the bill.
I think, barring some deus ex machina device–or cosmic legal screw up by Trump’s defense team–that is hurled into the mix in the next 96 hour, it is clear that there are probably enough votes to move straight to a vote to acquit. Many senators who were persuadable that something was wrong have been left unpersuaded. The hectoring and ad hominem attacks by Schiff and Nadler and companions have poisoned the well, so to speak, leaving some, like Lisa Murkowski, feeling gravely offended.
Whatever the House found in the way of impeachable offenses, military aid to Ukraine is not one them. It is a cynical, hyper-partisan effort to criminalize a policy decision that most of the ‘impeachment managers’ actually agreed with.