By Jon Dougherty
We’re beyond the point of expecting broadcast and cable news editors and executives to do the responsible thing for the country and stop showcasing fools, buffoons, and liars whose only objective is to draw attention to themselves while further dividing Americans along political lines.
That’s why the networks continue to book never-will-be’s like Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), whose 2020 presidential aspirations are already tanking so badly the only way he can get any attention at all is to say the most outlandish things that come into his empty head.
During an appearance on CBS News‘ “Face the Nation,” Swalwell said that impeaching POTUS Donald Trump “may be the only road to save the country.”
Never mind that the president hasn’t committed any impeachable offenses — except in the minds of a plurality of Americans who believe he has simply because, like Swalwell, they don’t like him and don’t think he deserves to be in the White House.
Here’s the exchange, with the host leading off with a softball for Swalwell:
MARGARET BRENNAN: This, along with other investigations, the administration is pushing back on. Given the level of pushback, do you think that this is stirring up enough frustration among Democrats that they might change the judgment and go ahead with impeachment? Do you support impeachment of the president?
SWALWELL: This president is taking us down that road. It’s- it may be the only road to save the country, but right now, you know, I’ll- I’ll tell you with the attorney general, I think we should move to impeach him first.
Now, I’m- I’m a father of a- a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old. We’re going through the terrible twos. When my son misbehaves, we take a toy away. We know if we don’t do that he’s only going to get worse. We have a really bad kid at the White House and unless we start showing that there are consequences for their actions, he’s only going to get worse and the next kid, the next president is going to look at what we did now and judge their actions based on whether there were consequences or not.
So we have to start taking this president seriously and speaking the only language they know, which is force and consequence.
Trump’s only ‘crime’ — in the small minds of hacks like Swalwell — is that he dared to defeat the most corrupt, criminally investigated presidential nominee in the history of the republic and that as president, Donald Trump continues to excel by any measure.
Swalwell has as much chance of becoming president as I do, which is why he continues to screech the most outrageous things he can think of — to get noticed.
But every time he does, he poisons our political environment anew, making it that much more difficult to come together even on issues most Americans should agree upon — like border security.
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