CNN’s S.E. Cupp offers impeachment politics 101: ‘How does history remember this moment?’

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In her first post-Thanksgiving monologue, CNN host S.E. Cupp reminded viewers that impeachment is and has always been a political maneuver, meaning its success or lack thereof can only be correctly gauged through the lens of politics.

“Since the first mention of an impeachment inquiry, I have asked Democratic lawmakers whether pursuing this will still be worth it even if it results in Trump getting reelected and Democrats losing seats. They all say yes,” she said.

But talk is cheap, and the Democrats’ behavior and rhetoric strongly suggest that their impeachment efforts are nothing but a ploy to drive Democrat voter turnout.

Listen to the full segment below:

“We won’t know if that’s really true until November,” the host continued. “Those, my friends are the stakes. In the short-term, how will public support for and against impeachment play out? In the medium term, who benefits? In the long-term, how does history remember this moment?”

While that remains unclear, the past doesn’t. The fact is that the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton was just as partisan as Trump’s impeachment. And in Clinton’s case, the efforts against him wound up driving up his approval/favorability ratings.

But instead of noting this past, Cupp continued her monologue by citing a column from Joe Klein, a far-left columnist for the same newspaper that recently described the now-deceased leader of ISIS as an “austere religious scholar.”

“As veteran political writer and campaign whisperer Joe Klein put it in ‘The Washington Post’ this week,’ Republicans are racing toward a dead-end of their own,” she said.

“Their tribe is dwindling, which may be why they fight so desperately, why they nominated and defend a president so indefensible, why they use Russian disinformation to smear Ukraine and potential rivals.”

Fact-check: FALSE, FALSE, FALSE.

First, between November of 2018 and November of 2019, the number of self-identified Republicans shot up by two percentage points, while the number of self-identified Democrats remained the same, according to data from Gallup.

Meanwhile, support for the president (and thus arguably for the Republican Party as well) among blacks has skyrocketed, according to multiple pollsters.

Second, the idea that Trump is “indefensible” is an opinion — one that can easily be contradicted by numerous examples of him making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Third, the so-called “Russian disinformation” cited by Klein are in fact legitimate reports concerning Ukraine’s meddling in the 2016 election and 2020 contender Joe Biden’s sketchy behavior during his tenure as America’s vice president.

Including this report from ABC News:

After reading some more from Klein’s column, Cupp then brought him in for a discussion in which he no doubt likely espoused a bunch more left-wing talking points.

As for her original assertion — that impeachment is political — that does seem to be the case. Take for instance the lack of substantive evidence.

The Democrats’ impeachment efforts are rooted in the belief that the president misused the power of the presidency to try and persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating his top 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The misuse of power allegedly involved the president purposefully withholding military aid to Ukraine until Zelensky complied with his demands.

But several “witnesses” — all of them called to testify by the Democrats — have admitted to being aware of nothing illicit. And the one witness who did suggest that something illicit may have occurred later admitted that this was just a factless presumption.

Moreover:

♦ The president released a transcript of his controversial call with Zelensky, and it too showed nothing illicit.

♦ The president eventually released the military aid to Ukraine despite an investigation into Biden never being launched.

♦ The president has claimed that his concerns about Biden were inspired by his interest in rooting out all Ukrainian corruption, and the evidence does show that the European nation has long been fraught with corruption.

♦ The president has likewise claimed that his temporary withholding of military aid was based on his concerns about NATO allies not paying their fair share. The evidence backs this narrative as well.

♦ And the president has done far more for Ukraine than his predecessor, former President Barack Hussein Obama.

As noted by top House Republicans in a report released last month, the evidence simply doesn’t support the accusations of criminality that have been trotted out by Democrats.

“The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump pressured President Zelensky to initiate investigations for the purpose of benefiting the President in the 2020 election,” they wrote.

“The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump covered up the summary of his phone conversation with President Zelensky. The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump obstructed the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.”

Look:

So if the Democrats’ impeachment efforts can’t be attributed to any actual criminality, what can they be attributed to?

Politics, of course! Namely the politics of winning elections.

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