In a much-appreciated anecdote to the nonsense we’ve seen thrown around by Democrats and the mainstream media this week, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley penned an op-ed this week insisting that whatever one might think about President Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the idea that he committed a crime is nothing less than “absurd.”
From Turley’s Fox News essay:
The call Trump participated in was a settlement discussion over election challenges with a variety of lawyers present, not some backroom at the Bada Bing club. The entire stated purpose of the challenges was to count what the Trump campaign alleged were uncounted votes that far surpassed the 11,780 deficit.
Trump repeatedly asserted that he won the election and continued to return to the fact that officials only needed to confirm 11,780 of those hundreds of thousands of allegedly uncounted ballots.
Nevertheless, experts like Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, declared that Trump’s “only demand is to have votes tossed or invented to fabricate a win” and that “there’s no way to read this other than a blatant attempt to pressure Georgia officials to lie and alter legitimate election results with a wink and a nod to a looming consequence.”
That’s an important quote, because it gives you an excellent window into the way the media/Trump’s opponents have been talking about this guy from the start. Actually, we can go even further than that: It’s the way they talk about all Republicans and anyone else who even flirts with anti-leftist rhetoric. You can go down the list from Tom Cotton all the way to self-professed liberals like Sam Harris. If you aren’t 100% on the woke train, they will twist your words, take you out of context, and make bad faith arguments, all the while insisting that “there’s no other way to read” what you said.
In this case, there is a very obvious “other way to read” Trump’s remarks in that phone call: He believes that there are thousands of uncounted votes in Georgia. He’s asking Raffensperger to pull his head out of his posterior and count them. He’s asking, in other words, for Georgia officials to DO THEIR JOB.
The real truth of the matter (obviously) is that no one is going to actually prosecute Donald Trump for what he said on this phone call. This isn’t about the law, this is about media organizations providing partisan entertainment for their readers and viewers. It’s about Democrats trying to hype up their voters.
Forget it, Jake. It’s Clownworld.