Another facepalm for Ted Lieu as he warns Trump of impeachment over a joke that CNN reported

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Now that the prospect of impeaching President Donald Trump for Russian collusion has collapsed, congressional Democrats appear to have latched onto the bizarre idea of impeaching the president for allegedly saying something inflammatory that he’d reportedly meant as a joke.

According to CNN and The New York Times’ infamous “anonymous sources,” during a trip to the border last week the president ordered then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection head Kevin McAleenan to block migrants and asylum seekers from entering the US. (possibly in violation of the law) and then promised he’d pardon him if he got in trouble for doing so.

Congressional Democrats such as Ted Lieu, who spent years touting the since-debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy, believe this behavior may be grounds for impeachment.

Other Democrats and the members of their increasingly radical base appear to feel similarly:

Except that there are two glaring problems with this line of thinking. First, the “anonymous sources” cited by both CNN and the Times noted that the remark may have been made in jest.

CNN: “It was not clear if the comment was a joke.”

Times: “One of the people briefed on the conversation said it was possible Mr. Trump had intended the comments to Mr. McAleenan as a joke.”

Second, the Department of Homeland Security has denied that the conversation even occurred.

“At no time has the president indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal. Nor would the acting secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law,” DHS spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton reportedly said.

By acting secretary, he meant McAleenan, who was tapped to serve in the role after Kirstjen Nielsen’s unexpected resignation/ouster from the department last weekend.

The president has also denied that this conversation ever occurred.

“Another Fake Story on @NBCNews that I offered Pardons to Homeland Security personnel in case they broke the law regarding illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Of course, this is not true. Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day!” he tweeted Friday.

The story was actually picked up by NBC News from the Times, but his underlying point still stands. The entire left-wing media have a tendency of using sketchy “anonymous sources” to run highly sensational stories accusing him of doing or saying this, that or the other.


CNN has chosen to fully accept the latest conspiracy theory.

When asked Friday evening by former White House lawyer Jim Schultz why the network has again taken to acting as if “the sky [is] falling” again, CNN host Chris Cuomo claimed it’s yet another sign of the president’s allegedly (and mostly disproven) “problematic behavior.”

Is it, though?

According to Schultz, all the president has been doing is “saber rattling.”

“It’s political saber rattling. We can argue all day whether it’s the right tone or whether it’s the right thing to say but the bottom line is that’s not tyrannical or violating the Constitution. What he is doing is political saber-rattling to get folks to the table to try to deal with this issue,” he said.

Trump does have a tendency of using jokes and trash-talking to get his point across.

Listen to the discussion below:

“There hasn’t been an executive order to violate the law. That doesn’t happen,” Schultz added, the point being that, despite a million+ conspiratorial claims from Democrats and their media allies of Trump allegedly violating the law, he has yet to actually violate the law a single time.



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