“Joined at the Hip, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump”
“It’s deja vu all over again,” came from famous New York Yankee “baseball icon” Yogi Berra.
He must have meant the December 2019 impeachment of America’s President that is like the one in December 1999 . Then it was “aw shucks” William Jefferson Clinton whose sexual “prowess” and untruthfulness brought the second Presidential impeachment to the United States AKA “The Shining City on the hill.”
This time, impeachment is based on charged abuse of power by President Donald J. Trump and obstruction of Congress. A Senate trial will decide if President Trump is guilty and if he will be removed from office.
A look back to 1999’s Clinton impeachment and trial is instructive as Senators prepare for Trump’s trial.
Twenty years ago, we had to suffer an impeached former Southern governor as President. He lied to a Grand Jury about his sexual antics with a twenty-one year old intern in the White House where giant Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight David Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan served, managed wars that were existential threats to the country, oversaw primacy in world affairs, and corrected deep recessions and the Great Depression; in other words, on balance they did well.
Clinton had seven Independent Counsels investigate his appointees, two Justice Department investigations of fund-raising and Clinton-waivers of laws limiting export of hi-tech secrets to Communist China and three separate grand juries that took testimony about his alleged perjury, subornation of perjury, bribery and obstruction of justice
charges revolving around alleged sexual peccadilloes with a former Arkansas state employee and his multiple dalliances with a blue dress- wearing 21 year old White House intern.
President Trump thinks he is suffering through a “hoax” and gigantic “witch hunt” impeachment. Laugh out loud! He does, however, have something in common with former President Clinton.
Sexual antics outside marriage is one. Countries around the world behaving badly like Trump’s Russia vis-a-vis The Ukraine, or Clinton’s problems with outlaw nuclear weapons of India and Pakistan.
For example, Clinton was surprised when the largest democracy in the world, India, tested President Jimmy Carter’s “nookyar” weapons as did its mortal enemy, Pakistan. What did President Clinton say about this dangerous nuclear threat? On May 28, 1998: the Georgetown/Yale educated intellectual President, a modern day Woodrow Wilson-like President, said — “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” How Presidential.
He is not alone in stratospheric super-intellectual Presidential observations. President Trump told the world he didn’t think Russia interfered with our 2016 Presidential election because Russian dictator V. Putin told him so. That despite the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and top Presidential advisors stating flatly that Russia, did, in fact, interfere with the 2016 election.
Donald Trump joins President Jimmy Carter who couldn’t believe Russia was capable of invading Afghanistan in 1979 and President Clinton who was ill-equipped to deal in world affairs and was bogged down by all the investigations of his administration and illegal political fund- raising of money from Chinese sources.
Some Americans still wonder if the “soccer moms” who voted for Clinton with their “I’d do him” hormones instead of brains, were happy with their votes?
We find many parallel behaviours between an impeached Bill Clinton and an impeached Donald Trump.
Their core voter base voted for the men for specious reasons; many women voted for Clinton because he was “sexy;” some publicly stated they would “do him.” Many Clinton voters simply ignored President George H. W. Bush’s masterful management of the fall of the U.S.S.R. Communist empire and voted for an “aw shucks” governor of a tiny two-million person state because it was the “economy, stupid.”
Trump’s base was and is non-college educated white people. One huge difference — Blacks and Hispanics flocked to vote for Hillary Clinton while they overwhelmingly rejected Donald Trump. In fact, there are almost as many Hispanic Americans as voters who voted for President Trump. There are more Mexican Americans, for example, in an East Los Angeles postal zip code than voters that gave Trump his 2016 victory, 79,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Clinton survived his impeachment in 1999 and Trump just might survive his but…The two men have so much in common. That is, their personalities and their verbalisms like Clinton’s “two wrongs don’t make a right” and Trump’s vicious Tweet storms and 15,000 untruths. Another commonality is how they handle themselves while under attack. Or as Yogi Berra once said:
“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility,” or lack thereof.