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Trump’s ex-campaign manager provokes outrage by trolling and mocking Democrats during first impeachment hearing

Trump’s ex-campaign manager provokes outrage by trolling and mocking Democrats during first impeachment hearing

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The Trump administration’s systematic dismemberment of our democracy proceeds apace.  Today, Cory Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary Committee as part of Congress’s first round of impeachment hearings on Trump. Lewandowski, the president’s former campaign manager and an accused sexual assaulter, gave exactly the kind of disgraceful performance we’ve come to expect from the president’s cronies and reinforced how little MAGA minions care about the rule of law and our democratic norms.

Rather than treat the proceedings with the seriousness and candidness they deserved, Lewandowksi instead elected to troll the Democratic Representatives questioning him. At one point, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) asked him a straightforward question: did he meet with President Trump by himself on June 19th, 2017 in the Oval Office as the Mueller Report states.

While a simple yes or no response was all Nadler was looking for, Lewandowski hemmed and hawed, complaining that he didn’t have a copy of the report in front of him. Nadler repeated his simple question, and Lewandowski again acted as if he needed the “exact language” of Mueller’s findings to answer.

“I don’t think I need to do that and I have limited time. Did you meet alone with the president on that date?” Nadler responded, clearly annoyed. Lewandowski continued with his irritating shtick, insisting that he needed a copy of the report. Fortunately, the clock was stopped on Nadler’s time so Lewandowski’s ploy was largely in vain.

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Things only went downhill from there. Lewandowksi escalated his bad faith responses to the Democrats, refusing to answer easy questions, bringing up absurd objections and equivocations, and generally making a complete fool of himself. His childish antics included referring to himself as being “the good looking man” and referring to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) as “President Swalwell.” Swalwell suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in July.

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Put bluntly, Lewandowski should be held in contempt of Congress. His behavior was utterly inexcusable and he and his Trumpian ilk must be taught that there are consequences to their despicable actions.

While the president was clearly pleased with his vile toadie’s testimony…

…most were understandably outraged.

Republican operative Rick Wilson was also infuriated by the hearing. As is always the case with the #NeverTrump crowd, his criticisms of MAGA conservatives like Lewandowski are insightful but his attacks on the Democrats should be taken with a grain of salt. He takes a Republican view on Democrats and as such his opinions on their intentions and the efficacy of their methods are often badly skewed.

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