President Donald Trump’s rally in West Virginia on Thursday night was a “very important demonstration” which showed that his base still has his back, according to conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer (see video below).
“Here’s a guy whose numbers are down in the 30s,” Krauthammer told Tucker Carlson on Fox News. “He’s got this grand jury, reports of a grand jury being convened, he’s got the walls kind of closing in on him in Washington. And here he’s going out into the country and saying ‘These are my people. These are real people. Forget about the numbers. Forget about the chatter in Washington. Forget about the stories about Russia – which he spent a lot of time on – but I represent a huge constituency of tremendous support and enthusiasm.’”
Krauthammer pointed out that Trump wasn’t “very specific on policy,” but he was able to appeal to those in attendance at his rally anyway. “He said, ‘I’m bringing you guys back. I’m the only one who listened. You were abandoned,’” Krauthammer said. “That’s his appeal. That’s how he won the election and he’s reminding the elites that that appeal is still there.”
Even as everyday Americans are counting on the president to bring back their jobs and their confidence in this country, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is over in Washington, impaneling a grand jury as part of his never-ending investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The difference between the two could prove to be consequential if Democrats continue to set their sights on removing the president from office.
“I think we’re really headed into very choppy and dangerous constitutional waters,” Krauthammer said. “We know what the Democrats want to do. They want to get control of the House and on day one, they’re going to start impeachment. Now, I happen to think, as you know, I opposed the Trump candidacy. I don’t think he’s very well fit for the presidency. But fitness is not a reason for impeachment and removal … high crimes are. Here, we have a prosecutor looking for high crimes. With Watergate, you started with a crime and then you try to find out how it happened. Here, they’re looking for a crime. Perhaps they’ll find one, I don’t know. As of yet, I haven’t heard of one. Collusion is unseemly but it ain’t a crime.”
“So, you’ve got a political establishment, mostly Democratic, but there are some Republicans, who would like to see him taken out of office,” Krauthammer continued. “I think that would be a catastrophic mistake. It would cause a rupture in the country where people would say ‘When we people, the ones who’ve been abandoned, elect somebody we like, our guy gets taken out? I thought we had a stable democracy.’”
Krauthammer reiterated, “Again, I think he’s unfit but that’s not the grounds for removal. What it means is, if you think a man is unfit, you vote against him. But you don’t remove him from office, and that’s where I’m afraid we are headed, given the forces that are surrounding the president. I just hope that cooler heads prevail. There will be another election – there always are. People can make their choices. I think this appearance that he did in West Virginia tonight is a way of saying, ‘My numbers may be down, but I command a formidable army.’”
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