Former Bush Speechwriter Has An Unsettling Prediction Of What Trump Will Do If He's Acquitted By The Senate
Even as the evidence corroborating President Donald Trump's corrupt dealings in Ukraine continues to pile up, it remains a near certainty that the Republican dominated Senate will acquit him at the end of his impeachment trial.
It remains to be seen, however, if at least four Republicans will break with the party and vote to hear additional witnesses.
Now, a speechwriter for former President George W. Bush is predicting what will happen if the Senate vindicates Trump—and it's not pretty.
Michael Gerson wrote in a recent column for The Washington Post:
"The president never views a near-miss as an opportunity for reflection and reformation. He sees it as permission to indulge his every urge, and his most consistent urge has been to seek unfair advantage in the upcoming presidential election. The months between Senate acquittal and the November vote will be fertile ground for further cheating."
Gerson's prediction that Trump will engage in further attempts to meddle with the 2020 election is far from baseless.
The President's now-infamous July 25 call, in which he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, occurred only one day after Robert Mueller testified before Congress that he didn't have enough evidence to charge Donald Trump for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
Democratic House impeachment managers, while making their case to the Senate, have cited this in warning that Trump will continue to corrupt the Democratic process if he's not held accountable, with chief impeachment manager Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) saying:
"If we don't stand up to this peril today, we will write the history of our decline with our own hand."
With Republicans standing firm beside Trump, Gerson says in his column that there's only one road to accountability left:
"Trump avoided accountability after the Mueller probe. He is likely to avoid accountability for the Ukraine squeeze. That leaves one last source of accountability — the election in November. This will be a test, not of the Republican Party, but of the republic."
People agree with Gerson that Trump will only get worse if not held accountable.
Impeachment is about whether Trump can cheat again in the 2020 election. A Republican vote to keep him in office in… https://t.co/ebGSm89Aa6— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1579709372.0
Rushing through a sham impeachment trial without witnesses or documents will strengthen Trump’s belief in his invul… https://t.co/LRbTDY9l1W— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss)1579578617.0
The GOP is forced into the “so what” argument because Trump won’t concede he did anything bad. Because Trump won’… https://t.co/qiIGaRJMG6— Eric Columbus (@Eric Columbus)1579278026.0
When you give a corrupt, Pro-Russian President the power to be a Dictator, you must want Russia to hack our electio… https://t.co/MFUb2oOKAR— Will Clemens (@Will Clemens)1579891656.0
@kylegriffin1 Trump is corrupt and proud of it.— Ken Smith (@Ken Smith)1579707925.0
@washingtonpost The whole world will lose respect for American justice and country as a whole. Trump is being laugh… https://t.co/9Ih1Dckne6— Lonemeteor (@Lonemeteor)1579863157.0
Trump then enlists Ukraine to help him look for dirt on a political opponent - to help himself win in 2020. Once… https://t.co/Rj13imvmud— SensibleThoughts (@SensibleThoughts)1579837789.0
100% correct and you got caught! You tried to undermine the 2020 election. You ask for foreign interference in the… https://t.co/EybWyxQ9nm— Tim Holmes (@Tim Holmes)1579819382.0
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Presidential candidates for the 2020 election dedicated some time on the campaign trail to thank their moms on the occasion of Mother's Day.
Many expressed their gratitude for their mothers' love, guidance, and the encouragement to help carve themselves a path to become future leaders.
ABC News spoke with some of the hopefuls running in the race.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg thanked his mother, Jennifer Anne Montgomery, a former Notre Dame professor.
"All through my upbringing, my mother gave me the best possible mix of love, encouragement, attention and space. At the core of my current effort is the chance to live out the values that I was raised with, and so mom is part of this campaign in even more ways than she knows."
“At the core of my current effort is the chance to live out the values that I was raised with, and so mom is part o… https://t.co/x9FoQpn2WA— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557670742.0
Andrew Yang showed it is never too late to express gratitude.
He thanked his mother Nancy Yang, who is an immigrant from Taiwan and moved to the United States in the 1960s, with her husband Kei Hsiung Yang.
"Thank you, mom, for being there for me every day even when it was a pain and I was not grateful. I'm grateful now. I love you very much. Happy Mother's Day,"
"Thank you, mom, for being there for me every day even when it was a pain and I was not grateful. I’m grateful now.… https://t.co/gGY3TC5fBy— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557670802.0
A decade after Senator Kamala Harris's mother Shyamala Gopalan passed away, Harris remains eternally grateful for her Indian immigrant mother, who instilled in her the courage to act instead of complaining.
"She was smart and tough and fierce and protective. She was generous, loyal and funny. She had only two goals in life: to raise her two daughters and to end breast cancer."
"She was smart and tough and fierce and protective. She was generous, loyal and funny. She had only two goals in li… https://t.co/EperMH1WSh— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557670885.0
Senator Kristin Gillibrand's mother, Polly Edwina Rutnik, is her fiercest ally and gave her unwavering support to seek a higher office.
"She was the only one who believed I could win my first race and she taught me how to believe in myself. I would not be where I am today without her love and support."
"She was the only one who believed I could win my first race and she taught me how to believe in myself. I would no… https://t.co/8dU4x9LxZu— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557670958.0
Rep. Tim Ryan was only seven years old when his parents divorced, but that didn't stop his mother, Rochelle Maria Rizzi, from successfully raising her son as a single mother.
"My mom always believed in me, and for a kid that is everything."
"My mom always believed in me, and for a kid that is everything," Rep. Tim Ryan says about his mother Rochelle… https://t.co/00BRhA5vRd— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671011.0
Senator Cory Booker said his mother, Carolyn Rose, once told him that "service is the rent you pay for living," and that powerful mantra has become an inspiration for him to pursue a political career as a way to work to pay it forward.
"I can always count on her to keep me grounded while also inspiring and pushing me to reach higher no matter what the obstacles are."
"I can always count on her to keep me grounded while also inspiring and pushing me to reach higher no matter what t… https://t.co/hmSEmFemps— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671084.0
Rep. Seth Moulton said of his mother, Lynn Alice, who was a secretary:
"I feel lucky every day to have a mother who is so devoted to my brother, sister and me, but especially on Mother's Day. Here's to you mom!"
"I feel lucky every day to have a mother who is so devoted to my brother, sister and me, but especially on Mother’s… https://t.co/hDG9YjpGAD— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671180.0
Republican politician and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld's mother Mary Nichols Weld was a descendant of William Floyd, who was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Weld plans to primary against President Trump for the Republican nomination.
Weld's tribute to his mother is humble in nature.
"This is me and my mother having a snack at camp, nothing but the best: Ritz crackers and Hellman's mayo ... she read me 'Wind in the Willows' and 'Old Mother West Wind,' both of which I read every page of to all my children."
"This is me and my mother having a snack at camp, nothing but the best: Ritz crackers and Hellman’s mayo ... she re… https://t.co/0iKpUnbyfw— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671300.0
Joe Biden said of his late mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan:
"My mom was an incredible woman, and I miss her. She would always tell us that 'courage is the greatest virtue because without courage you cannot love with abandon.' She lived her life that way, loving us with abandon."
"My mom was an incredible woman, and I miss her. She would always tell us that 'courage is the greatest virtue, bec… https://t.co/D4fKwv1UBi— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671348.0
Democratic candidate Wayne Messam shared some lessons he learned from his mother, Delsey.
"She encouraged me to be a positive person, dream big and never be afraid to do what others aren't willing to do for the benefit of others."
Mayor Wayne Messam on the lessons learned from his mom Delsey: "She encouraged me to be a positive person, dream bi… https://t.co/G0Gkk9wavQ— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671409.0
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said of her mom Carol:
"My mom is truly amazing — a teacher, entrepreneur, wife and mother to 5 children — she has inspired me throughout my life through her example of strength, patience, kindness, courage, integrity and unconditional love."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on her mom Carol: "My mom is truly amazing — a teacher, entrepreneur, wife and mother to 5 child… https://t.co/Np1pDDu7kl— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671511.0
Texan candidate Beto O'Rourke called his mother Melissa a "great role model" for her kindness towards others.
"I really lucked out by having a mom who truly loves her family unconditionally, who encourages us and who is a great role model that inspires me every day with her kindness and the generosity she shows to everyone."
Beto O'Rourke on his mom Melissa: "I really lucked out by having a mom who truly loves her family unconditionally,… https://t.co/WruDU7V5yC— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671605.0
Marianne Willamson paid tribute to her mother, Sophie Ann.
"I didn't realize when I was growing up how lucky I was to have such good and loving parents, but I realize it now."
Marianne Willamson on remembering her mom Sophie Ann: "I didn’t realize when I was growing up how lucky I was to ha… https://t.co/BMOysngqNS— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671647.0
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's mother Susanne Klejman is a survivor of the Holocaust who's history inspired her son to pursue politics.
"She was able to provide her kids more chances than she ever had, instilling in [me] the belief that our job as Americans is to extend opportunity so others can rise."
Sen. Michael Bennet on his mom Susanne: " She was able to provide her kids more chances than she ever had, instilli… https://t.co/TyV64s3M6r— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671710.0
Julian Castro's mother Maria "Rosie" Castro was a political activist who helped establish Chicano political party La Raza Unida and inspired both Castro and his twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, to run for public service.
"My role model, my inspiration in public service and the best part is she's my mom."
Julian Castro on his mom Rosie: "My role model, my inspiration in public service and the best part is she's my mom… https://t.co/kdIP4ZqqaD— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671773.0
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed his gratitude for his mother Anne Doughten.
"She taught me that we have an obligation to create joy and happiness in our lives. Thanks, mom, and to all moms, for showing us the way."
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper on how his mom Anne inspired him: "She taught me that we have an obligation to create… https://t.co/ptggvf23GR— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1557671971.0
Mother's day proved that behind every great candidate is always a powerful woman.
Microsoft Just Unveiled Technology That Will Allow Voters To Track Their Ballots In The 2020 Election
Microsoft is taking a stand to support election security.
The software company announced it would release an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard.
ElectionGuard uses encryption techniques to let voters know once their ballots are counted.
More importantly: The software will, according to NPR, "allow election officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results.
CEO @SatyaNadella announced #ElectionGuard onstage @MicrosoftBuild this morning. Here’s why this should matter to d… https://t.co/dnYBC7Tc0e— Microsoft On the Issues (@Microsoft On the Issues)1557174759.0
Microsoft developed ElectionGuard with computer science company Galois. The software will be available free of charge for election technology vendors.
ElectionGuard would provide voters with a unique code that would not reveal who or what they did or didn't vote for. Voters could then use the code to "follow" their vote from the moment they cast it.
Speaking to NPR, Tom Burt, Microsoft's vice president of customer security and trust, said:
"It's very much like the cybersecurity version of a tamper-proof bottle. Tamper-proof bottles don't prevent any hack of the contents of the bottle, but it makes it makes it harder, and it definitely reveals when the tampering has occurred."
According to Joe Kiniry, a principal scientist at Galois says his company will use this software as part of an open-source voting system that is being designed thanks to a grant from the Department of Defense.
It's not a perfect system, he says, but it should serve as a model for private companies "to build off of":
"It gives the ability to double-check, even if a system is terribly written, even if it's hackable, it gets detected. It's not magic pixie dust. We need this plus unhackable systems."
The team at Galois is certainly thrilled.
Excited to be working on ElectionGuard for @free_and_fair in collaboration with @Microsoft. I've been running the p… https://t.co/kNkn2WfqYC— Joey Dodds (@Joey Dodds)1557158639.0
Just announced at Microsoft Build 2019: #ElectionGuard, an end-to-end verifiable elections SDK project that @kiniry… https://t.co/2XFPiQU0Pp— Daniel M. Zimmerman (@Daniel M. Zimmerman)1557158433.0
And here are some words from some partners:
Columbia World Projects will partner with @Microsoft to pilot ElectionGuard technology, a free open-source software… https://t.co/i24YvGVURn— Columbia University (@Columbia University)1557157141.0
We are partnering with Microsoft to develop #ElectionGuard, a software development kit for secure, end-to-end verif… https://t.co/9iHGFnOwrr— Free & Fair (@Free & Fair)1557158718.0
As announced today, DARPA is partnering w/ @Microsoft & @galois to build & evaluate a verifiably secure voting syst… https://t.co/3jpu1ZGAm8— DARPA (@DARPA)1557169356.0
Joe Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, says the technology would grant voters "the ability to track the ballot as it goes through the entire process":
"Similar to what voters have with packages, or pizza, it will say this is at this facility, it has been counted... This will help voters track their votes; it's going to build in this audibility that's sort of the holy grail. But it's not going to reach the smaller jurisdictions that don't have the money to upgrade or have older equipment."
The news comes just days after President Donald Trump said he discussed the "Russia hoax" in a phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Asked whether he told Putin not to meddle in the next U.S. election after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report found that "the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion," he only said:
""We didn't discuss that. We discussed five or six things. We went into great detail on various especially the nuclear––especially, maybe, Venezuela. We talked about North Korea at great length… we also discussed trade. We intend to do a lot of trade with Russia."
According to the Mueller report, the investigation "identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign" and the Trump campaign "expected it would benefit" from Russian interference.
Microsoft's initiative is a welcome one considering the failure to address election interference in Washington.
Donald Trump Claimed He's a 'Young, Vibrant Man' Compared to Joe Biden, and Biden Just Had a Good Laugh at That One
President Donald Trump went after Joe Biden again, because politics in the United States is very much like high school bullying and nothing makes sense anymore.
Asked by reporters on the White House lawn whether Biden, who is 76, is too old to run against him in 2020, Trump, who turns 73 in June, scoffed:
"I feel like a young man. I'm so young. I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don't know about him. I would never say anyone is too old."
President Donald Trump said he's a "young, vibrant man" compared to Joe Biden. https://t.co/8GKunSAMIC https://t.co/iOJL4la7ci— USA TODAY Video (@USA TODAY Video)1556298967.0
Shortly afterward, Biden, who stopped by the set of The View, had a good laugh at Trump's remarks, encouraging voters to judge him based on his performance as a candidate:
"If he looks young and vibrant compared to me, I should probably go home. Everybody knows who Donald Trump is, and the best way to judge me is to watch. See if I have the energy and the capacity."
When asked if he lives up to Trump's nickname for him as "Sleepy Joe," Biden said that was "the first time" he'd ever been "referenced" that way:
"It's usually the other end, 'Hyper Joe.' And I think, in terms of the future, I think that what I've done in foreign policy, what I've done in foreign policy... Look, one of the reasons why I want to be president... is that there's so much out there. Think of what this next generation is going to have an opportunity to see."
"We're going to do everything from make fundamental change in curing cancer, in Alzheimer's, in diseases. Your kids are going to be flying across America in less than an hour and a half... more is going to change in the next 10 years than has happened in the last 30 or 40 years."
Responding to Pres. Trump's sarcastic welcome to the race, Joe Biden tells @TheView he's never been called "Sleepy… https://t.co/BIUClvx2UR— ABC News (@ABC News)1556293287.0
Does this mean Biden considers the president a dinosaur in comparison to him?
It wouldn't surprise us, and people are certainly more onboard with his assessment.
Trump is being dragged considerably.
@ABC @TheView Joe Biden will be more of a respectful President than Trump will ever be.— Marcia Reid Richard (@Marcia Reid Richard)1556310076.0
Friends, I must inform you that, contrary to his claims, the president is not a young man. https://t.co/BA4ox6Q8Ek— Philip Bump (@Philip Bump)1556297309.0
@thedailybeast Young and vibrant? This alone is proof he cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy. He is old,… https://t.co/UJYv0vw3FB— Carole Raphaelle Davis (@Carole Raphaelle Davis)1556299726.0
@thedailybeast I am a young, vibrant man who is lacking in governmental experience, abrasive and unschooled in dipl… https://t.co/30YJmnFyet— Mongrosio (@Mongrosio)1556300429.0
@CBSNews "I am the youngest person" mentally/emotionally he's around 7 so I guess we can agree— MiTcH (@MiTcH)1556287205.0
@CBSNews Says the guy that sits around watching tv all day, occasionally gets up to go out and make a sound bite(tr… https://t.co/6c4HQRpQtq— Alan Jansen (@Alan Jansen)1556307128.0
According to the April 25-26 Hill-HarrisX survey of 1,000 registered voters, 43 percent say they would choose Biden over Trump in an election match up.
Biden's 6-point lead was outside the poll's 3.1 percent sampling margin of error, and he has consistently polled above the President, performing the most successfully among voters ages 35 to 49 while polling higher than Trump among respondents between the ages of 18 and 34.
Kamala Harris's Succinct Response To A Student's Question About Gun Safety Has The Internet Applauding
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris took aim at our "supposed" leaders in Washington for their failed attempts at legislating gun control during a CNN Town Hall on Monday.
If she were to become elected in 2020, the California senator promised to sign executive orders on gun control and will give Congress "100 days to get their act together."
The topic came up when fielding questions from her constituents after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, which took place on April 20, 1999.
When asked how as president of the U.S., she would keep schools safe, and how she would keep guns out of the hands from those who shouldn't have them, she gave an impassioned response.
She detailed the drills that are currently taking place in schools in order for students to protect themselves from a mass shooter roaming the halls, and said, "In our America, that should never have to happen."
"Conversations take place every night between students and their parents," she said, about kids asking their parents why they must participate in these drills.
"There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders, who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which says you're either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone's guns away."
Dear politicians: THIS is how you answer a question about gun safety. https://t.co/WkL9sFtSbM— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1556020398.0
Harris, who has said she owns a gun for protection, often generates the most applause on the campaign trail for her stance on gun reform.
"Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action."
Her executive action would include required background checks on "anyone who sells more than five guns a year," and she would have the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) remove a gun dealer's license if they are in violation of that mandate.
She commented that the ATF has been doing "a lot of the A and the T but not much of the F, and we need to fix that."
@shannonrwatts Love that line about the A and the T but not the F!— Occam's Razorback (@Occam's Razorback)1556027960.0
Massachussett's senator and running mate Elizabeth Warren also called for universal background checks and to "take weapons of war off our city streets," when asked what she would do to protect police officers from being killed in the line of duty.
Both Democratic candidates are closing the gap in the race.
@shannonrwatts Either @ewarren or @KamalaHarris for the nomination. Then, the winner takes the other as a running mate. Both are leaders.— Scarlett Burroughs (@Scarlett Burroughs)1556021254.0
@shannonrwatts Amazing. This is exactly what I want. You can have your guns but you're gonna follow rules and laws.… https://t.co/IHTvxFSig3— NoVa Caps Fan (@NoVa Caps Fan)1556020669.0
Harris scored points for her response with solutions to back up her proposal.
@shannonrwatts Refreshing to have a politician actually answer a question....for a change— Tyco Mighty (@Tyco Mighty)1556037005.0
@shannonrwatts Right??? Git it @SenKamalaHarris! By contrast, Bernie “pivoted” yugely when he had a chance to tackl… https://t.co/muM8yqB9hz— End Gun Violence (@End Gun Violence)1556034436.0
@shannonrwatts @wyllia_coyote And that’s why I love her!— Kara Johnson (@Kara Johnson)1556029196.0
@shannonrwatts @KamalaHarris Last night was my first time really listening to her speak. I was impressed.— Annette Cowell (@Annette Cowell)1556029076.0
@shannonrwatts @KamalaHarris had my full supporr from the moment she grilled ex ag sessions. Each communication si… https://t.co/9X3239YuPa— ba girl (@ba girl)1556023935.0
Progressive Democrats continue to back Harris's position on guns.
In 2014 as attorney general of California, Harris deemed the state's 10-day waiting period for gun purchases as unconstitutional. Two years later, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with her stance.
She also called to renew the assault weapons ban in 2016 after seeing babies and police officers killed.
"I have friends that love to hunt — but if you need an assault weapon to go hunting, you need to go back to hunting school. It's just not reasonable."