In one of the most hypocritical and ironic statements any administration has ever made, and just before Christmas no less, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley attacked Congress by whining that impeachment does not put food on American tables even as President Donald Trump cuts food stamps.
Trump is being impeached by the House of Representatives because he tried to bribe Ukraine into finding dirt on his political rivals that he could use to benefit his campaign in 2020, all while holding up crucial military aid Ukraine needs to defend itself against Russian aggression.
Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will move forward with articles of impeachment. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans remain hell-bent on ignoring Trump’s crimes so they can turn his trial into a circus show to persecute Democrats.
During a Fox News interview on Friday, Gidley outright lied about Trump’s actions regarding his Ukraine scandal, insisting that Trump “didn’t press [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky on anything other than getting to the bottom of corruption in his country.”
Of course, transcripts of the phone call and the withholding of military aid make it clear that Trump did seek a quid-pro-quo.
But Gidley then said something that even he seemed to realize was a mistake only after it was too late. In his effort to demonize Congress for impeaching his boss, Gidley claimed that impeachment doesn’t put food into the mouths of hungry Americans.
“As you head into Christmas, and you head into the holiday season, people are going to want results from Congress,” he said. “And right now, all they’re getting is hatred, vitriol, and a sham impeachment hearing that doesn’t do anything to put food on the tables of the Americans people.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Hogan Gidley: as we head into Christmas, please remember that impeachment isn’t putting food on the table of the American people pic.twitter.com/iyzCxAfbHx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 6, 2019
The problem with his statement is that the House has been passing legislation to help struggling Americans, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to hold votes on any of the bills because he would rather his Senate be a “legislative graveyard.”
Furthermore, Gidley using food and hunger to attack Congress is rich considering Trump just threw 750,000 Americans off of food stamps just before Christmas, a move that will especially have a negative impact on his own voter base in red states.
This was a bad choice of words by Gidley.
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