After the historic 2016 election of Donald Trump that humiliated Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, the Democratic Party made a calculated decision the morning after that vote — wage a public relations campaign to destroy, discredit, and then remove Donald Trump from office using any means necessary.
Here’s what I mean:
On Nov. 14, 2016, just days after the 2016 presidential election, Vanity Fair published an article, "Will Trump be impeached?" In that story, they point out that a LexisNexis search indicated the words "impeach" and "Trump" appeared in 37 newspaper headlines.
On Dec. 29, 2016, in a bizarre move, President Obama announced sanctions against Russia, while expelling 35 Russian diplomats for what he claimed was retaliation for their efforts to influence the 2016 election. Obama declared and warned, "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions."
Obama's actons were a blatant attempt to discredit Trump’s election night victory.
On Jan. 20, 2017, the same day President Donald Trump was inaugurated as the nation's 45th president of the United States, The Washington Post ran this story, "The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun."
On May 17, 2017, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as a partisan and Democrat-leaning U.S. special counsel to oversee an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to associates of President Trump — and his campaign.
But as expected, the final report was a victory for President Trump — the investigation did not find any evidence that the Trump campaign "coordinated" or "conspired" with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
On Dec. 19, 2019, U.S. House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democratically-controlled House voted to impeach President Trump on two articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from a 3-month investigation by Democrats into allegations that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and withholding security assistance and a White House meeting.
Two Democrats voted against the articles of impeachment, joining with every Republican with the exception of Republican-turned Independent, Rep. Justin Amash, of Michigan, who voted to impeach Trump on both counts.
But once again, and as expected, on Feb. 5, 2020, President Trump was acquitted of the two articles of impeachment in a historic Senate trial, marking the end of the Democrats’ nearly 3-year obsession and coordinated public relations campaign to destroy, discredit, and remove him from office.
The bottom line?
Today’s Democratic Party is in chaos.
The Iowa Caucus debacle is proving to be yet another national embarrassment.
The Democrats think they can defeat Trump in 2020 and run our country, yet they can’t even get things right in Iowa.
As of this writing, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg were calling for a recanvassing — which may ultimately lead to a recount.
One thing, however, is certain, Speaker Pelosi is now the leader of a dejected party.
That Party tried to defeat Trump on election day. They lost.
That Party attempted to defeat our nation's 45th president with a false "Russia collusion" narrative. They lost.
The dejected Party tried to defeat Trump with flimsy articles of impeachment. They lost.
And last week, Gallup released new polling data that shows President Trump with the highest approval rating of his presidency — 49 percent.
Trump also enjoys a 94 percent approval rating among Republicans.
Meanwhile, Democrats are seeing a decline in support, with only 45 percent of Americans approving of their job performance — a drop from 48 percent in September of 2019.
It’s clear going back to the day after the 2016 election that Democrats made a political calculation to overturn a duly elected president and remove him from office.
But that plan has since backfired — and now, President Trump is cruising to a landslide victory in November.
And we have the Democrats to thank for it.
Mark Vargas is a trusted adviser and close confidante to some of the highest profile political and business leaders in America. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Vargas served as a civilian within the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a special Iraq task force. In 2009 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal, and in 2010 he was awarded the Under Secretary of Defense Financial Management Team Award for Financial Management Innovations in a Combat Zone. His civilian service at the Defense Department included 14 trips to Baghdad and expanded across two presidential administrations.
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