STOP: BEFORE YOU CONTINUE READING
1. Take a deep breath
2. Be intellectually honest
3. Be prepared to have your views change based on evidence and sound argument.
4. No seriously, don't continue until your rage boner is gone, and you're ready to look at this objectively.
With that out of the way, lets dive into the key points of contention offered by republicans during the first day of hearings on the possible impeachment of Donald Trump, and why you shouldn't find them compelling given the testimonies themselves, and the entirety of the circumstances.
1. "Ukraine got the aid"
One of the republicans first counter arguments was that an extortion of military aid to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky could NOT have occurred because said military aid was finally sent, and subsequently Zelensky did not follow through on a "quid pro quo" demand to publicly announce investigation into the Bidens.
This is a fallacious point to raise, because it is irrelevant to whether or not an abuse of power took place. As an analogy, if you show up to a bank with ski masks and a gun only to find an empty vault, it doesn't matter that you technically didn't steal anything. You had criminal intent and you would be justly arrested and imprisoned the same as if you had made it home with bags of cash.
This concept of being arrested for failed crimes and conspiracy to commit crimes still applies in the political sphere and still applies to the president because NO ONE is above the law in this country.
Just so you're still with me, just because the aid was received, and just because Zelensky was ultimately not forced to embarrass himself by caving to the presidents demands on national television, does not change what the Trump tried to do which was extort a foreign ally for his personal gain. It was a failed crime, but a crime it still was.
Thats a wall of text to some people and i appreciate you reading it, so here's a kitten
Thats adorable, now focus because we're moving on to the next counter argument.
2. "This is all hearsay!"
Not really. This is much more than merely what Bill Taylor and George Kent heard. They are corroborating an admission of criminal activity on live television, by white house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney who said quote "We do this all the time...get over it." In regards to a question of whether or not a quid pro quo occurred.
Mick Mulvaney refused to testify. Donald Trump refuses to defend himself under oath and everyone with first hand knowledge of what is going on in the white house has defied congressional subpoenas to share what they know. In context of this stonewalling, which you may recall how well that tactic worked for Richard Nixon in the end, congress has put forward two extremely credible, nonpartisan witnesses to corroborate Mulvaney's "slip of the tongue" admission. With more witnesses to come as the hearings go forward.
You know what? You're doing great! So I'll tell you what, let's finish up with the third counter argument and then more kittens! Yay😸
3. Red herrings
Lets define "Red Herring"
Red herrings are an attempt to distract from the real issue, and there were a lot of red herrings from republicans during the hearing. We had wild tangents to what Obama did or did not get accomplished a decade ago, to a long string of questions about Hunter Biden, whether he could speak Ukrainian, and other off topic nonsense that Bill Taylor had to repeatedly remind republicans he knew nothing about.
These red herrings are calculated questions designed to get their base supporters and base supporters of Trump to foam at the mouth and stop listening to the actual point of the impeachment hearing. Its a tactic that only works on stupid people, and republicans are betting their careers on the American people being stupid. Dont prove them right.
And thats My take. As promised, kittens!!!!
I just want to say thanks for reading with an open mind. Politics is either boring or infuriating to most people and i appreciate you sticking through to the end. Even though this will inevitably turn into a conduit for cancer, if just one person read this and thought "maybe i should watch the hearing to see for myself." Then im happy😊