Democrats, smelling blood in the water, have begun escalating the language they’re using to make the public case against President Donald Trump and his administration’s ties to Russia.
Increasingly, lawmakers are characterizing Russia’s efforts to interfere in the November 2016 election as an “act of war,” putting Republicans in a tight spot as they try to excuse what increasingly appears to be treasonous collusion between the President of the United States and agents of a hostile foreign power.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) spoke out at a recent House Homeland Security Committee against Trump’s “borderline dismissive attitude” towards the actions of the Russian Federation: “I think this attack that we’ve experienced is a form of war, a form of war on our fundamental democratic principles,”
At the recent House Intelligence Committee committee hearing where FBI Director Comey testified on the investigation into the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the emails of Clinton campaign members, Democrats made it clear they were going on the offensive:
“I actually think that their engagement was an act of war, an act of hybrid warfare, and I think that’s why the American people should be concerned about it,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).
“This past election, our country was attacked. We were attacked by Russia. I see this as an opportunity for everyone on this committee, Republicans and Democrats, to not look in the rearview window but to look forward and do everything we can to make sure that our country never again allows a foreign adversary to attack us” thundered Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).
Whether or not the cyberwarfare campaign conducted by the Russians actually constitutes an act of war is still unclear, but what is very clear is that President Trump has dropped sixty years of established foreign policy in the blink of an eye, warming up to Russia and provoking unnecessary conflict with our NATO allies.
While Democrats aren’t actually calling for a military response to Russian aggression, they are clearly laying the foundation for the public case for Trump’s impeachment: Russia attacked our nation, Trump committed treason, and the Republican Party is guilty of aiding and abetting that treason.
Trump and the Republicans are rapidly losing all legitimacy with the American public through a combination of their own incompetence and the taint of treason that marked the election that swept them into power.
As Trump’s cronies begin coming forward and volunteering to tell their sides of the sordid story, it seems that the full details of the Trump-Russia scandal are soon to be public knowledge – and the Democrats have announced they’re ready to use that information to run Trump and the Republicans out of Washington.