Judge Jeanine Pirro is an unvarnished supporter of President Trump. Her Saturday night show on Fox News Channel, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” is almost invariably the highest-rated show in her slot. Like most of the nightly shows on Fox, she starts off with a monologue segment that sets the tone for the rest of the show. I was mesmerized by her opening statement last Saturday night after one of the most consequential weeks yet for the President. She took Romney to the woodshed and rhetorically beat the crap out of him! Here are some excerpts:

Pirro: This week we witnessed the difference between a leader and a wannabe – the stark contrast between someone who is a world leader, and someone who’s hoping his day will come. But being a leader takes vision, fortitude, persistence, and a selflessness … a dogged determination to a goal that never changes. By way of example, permit me to introduce you to a non-leader – the first US senator in American history to vote to convict the president of his own party, Mitt Romney. The sole and only Republican to vote to convict President Trump.

How dare he? How could he? And why would he? Mitt dared to do what he thought was good for him, individually – not for the party, not for us, and certainly not for America. He knew his vote would change nothing regarding impeachment, but he tried to set himself up as a leader, going everyone else. He took a stand he thought would impress others. It did. Many on the looney left defended him, saying his vote was “very patriotic.” Yes, he endeared himself to the Trump-hating Left – the radicals not interested in the America First agenda. The ones who were all about power, not truth.

So why? Mitt says his strong faith is the reason, and that “God demanded it of me.” (showed a video of Romney’s statement from last Wednesday) Look, I’m Catholic, I went to Catholic schools, and I believe in God. Do you wonder why people never mention God or religion – only bring it up when they get caught doing something, or when they need an excuse for something they did? Kind of like Nancy Pelosi, who so hates Donald Trump that she almost has a conniption when she tries to get us to believe she prays for him every day and does not hate him (shaking her head no throughout). Who do these people think they’re fooling? What a bunch of phonies! I can’t wait to hear what they’re gonna tell St. Peter when they get there [to the Gates of Heaven].

But let me move on from his religious to his secular reason. (showing more video from Romney’s statement about the need for more witnesses, etc.) Mitt, [here’s] a primer. The transcript of the telephone call which no one expected the President to release is the corpus. It is the body of the alleged wrong-doing. Anything before, after, around it is irrelevant and immaterial. What was said in that conversation is what acquits or convicts the President. Curious. You [Mitt] use Bolton as an excuse to convict when you don’t even know what he’s going to say. And when the prosecutors haven’t even made out a prima facie provable case.

Mr. Wannabe, did you ask or even wonder why the Democrat House managers didn’t subpoena Bolton? When the prosecution doesn’t present evidence that you want, and you don’t have the slightest idea what that evidence might be, or whether it’s even relevant, you want to use that nothing-burger to convict the President of the United States? Are you stupid, too? You take non-evidence that the Democrats refused to present as the reason to convict the President in an economy that is unparalleled? With a military who strength is unequaled? With a population where 90% are happy with their lives?

You really are stupid. You used the prosecutors’ inability to make the case as the reason to vote guilty! Run that one by America again, Mitt. The facts before you make it clear there was no pressure, no demands, no Ukrainian investigations … where the money was actually delivered before required … where our President under an international treaty had the right to ask for help and in fact had an obligation to investigate corruption, especially where US taxpayers’ money goes to foreign countries. And you say this is the most difficult decision you’ve ever made? Mitt, you’re full of it!  And since you’re such as scholar, did you ever consider the President’s constitutional rights that were stripped from him in the [House] star chamber – where he was denied the presumption of innocence?

The truth is, Mitt, you simply despise Donald Trump. Your jealousy of this man is a constant rage burning within you because you can never rise to the heights that he has. Because guys like you fold like wusses, and you don’t have any selflessness or the ability to think about others has Donald Trump has thought about making American first. And by the way, you’re an embarrassment. I should know; I said it four years ago. (video of her March 5, 2016 statement condemning Romney for not endorsing Candidate Donald Trump) Mitt, losers choked. You choked when a CNN reporter pushed back on you [in 2016], and you folded like every other loser. … You ought to tell [your grandchildren] that you’re the reason why Barack Obama got four more years with an economy in the tank, with a caliphate that was growing, law enforcement and military morale in the garbage.

You haven’t always been able to hide the real you. In fact, people who knew you best when you ran – the people of Massachusetts [Romney was a former Massachusetts governor] – voted against you [in 2016]. It was one of the worst home state losses in presidential history. And your arrogance? Again on full display. (played a clip stating that he thought President Trump should be removed from office) Really, Mitt? He should be removed from office? For what? So you can try to make another move for president? I’ve got news for you; you’ve got no moves left. At your request, Donald Trump supported you in 2012 and 2018, and like a snake in the grass, you turned on him.

I have an idea. YOU need to be removed from office! How about YOU get the hell out of the US Senate? The people in Utah are furious with you, and your dream of endearing yourself to the Trump-hating Left is a joke. So Mitt. Pack your bags. Take some time off, and ride around with your dog on the roof of your car like you did when you used to vacation with your family. And don’t forget: when you lie with dogs, you get fleas. But that will never be as bad as the stain you have forged upon whatever legacy you think you have.

End of her opening statement. Gotta love the Judge, who got to the heart of the legal confusion in Romney’s decision to vote to convict the President on the first article of impeachment:

  • The transcript is all that counts; everything before or after is irrelevant and immaterial
  • Romney used Bolton as an excuse to convict when he didn’t even know how Bolton would testify
  • The House managers did not prove a prima facie case against the President
  • The facts proved there was no pressure, no demands, no Ukrainian investigations, the foreign aid was actually delivered before required, and the President had an obligation under an international treaty to ask for help investigating corruption, yet Romney used thee non-evidence of Bolton as the reason to convict (that’s crazy)
  • The reason for Romney’s vote was personal – a visceral hatred for the President

I couldn’t have said it better!

The end.

Stu Cvrk
Stu Cvrk served 30 years in the US Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. An oceanographer and systems analyst through education and experience, Stu is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he received a classical liberal education which serves as the key foundation for his political commentary. He threads daily on Twitter on a wide range of political, military, foreign policy, government, economics, and world affairs topics.
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