The Corner

Elections

Four Times 2020 Democrats Condemned Trump for Dealings with Russia

Beto O’Rourke speaks with supporters in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, March 15, 2019. (Ben Brewer/Reuters)

Just one day before special counsel Robert Mueller sent his final report to the Department of Justice, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was on the campaign trail telling voters that Donald Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

“You have a president, who in my opinion, beyond the shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government ― a foreign power ― to undermine and influence our elections, the sanctity of the ballot box, the ability for each and every single one of us to make informed decisions about those who seek to represent us and hold positions of public trust,” O’Rourke said at an event in South Carolina on Saturday.

This claim was entirely disproven by the reported contents of Mueller’s findings, as summarized in a letter from attorney general William Barr. But O’Rourke wasn’t the first Democratic politician to prematurely condemn the president or insinuate that his administration has been cooperating with Russia.

Just after launching her presidential campaign in late January, Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), attacked the Trump administration for weakening the status of the United States around the world, claiming in part that “we have foreign powers infecting the White House like malware.”

Another Democratic presidential candidate, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, got in on the action as well, tweeting late last month:

At a February event in Iowa for her presidential campaign, meanwhile, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren asserted that “by the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president.”

“In fact, he may not even be a free person,” Warren added. When she later was asked to clarify her remark, the senator replied, “It’s no longer just the Mueller investigation. They’re everywhere, and these are serious investigations, so we’ll see what happens.”

Now, these Democratic candidates — along with many of their fellow politicians — are calling for the release of the full Mueller report, which is all well and good. But they shouldn’t be let off the hook for misleading Americans about the investigation and jumping to conclusions about the Trump administration before having all the facts.

Most Popular

Elections

Put Up or Shut Up on These Accusations, Hillary

Look, one 2016 candidate being prone to wild and baseless accusations is enough. Appearing on Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s podcast, Hillary Clinton suggested that 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein was a “Russian asset,” that Republicans and Russians were promoting the Green Party, and ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a story-telling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make it relatable. ... Read More
National Review

Farewell

Today is my last day at National Review. It's an incredibly bittersweet moment. While I've only worked full-time since May, 2015, I've contributed posts and pieces for over fifteen years. NR was the first national platform to publish my work, and now -- thousands of posts and more than a million words later -- I ... Read More
Culture

Feminists Have Turned on Pornography

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the feminist movement has sought to condemn traditional sexual ethics as repressive, misogynistic, and intolerant. As the 2010s come to a close, it might be fair to say that mainstream culture has reached the logical endpoint of this philosophy. Whereas older Americans ... Read More
Economy & Business

Andrew Yang, Snake Oil Salesman

Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur and gadfly, has definitely cleared the bar for a successful cause candidate. Not only has he exceeded expectations for his polling and fundraising, not only has he developed a cult following, not only has he got people talking about his signature idea, the universal basic ... Read More
White House

The Impeachment Defense That Doesn’t Work

If we’ve learned anything from the last couple of weeks, it’s that the “perfect phone call” defense of Trump and Ukraine doesn’t work. As Andy and I discussed on his podcast this week, the “perfect” defense allows the Democrats to score easy points by establishing that people in the administration ... Read More
Elections

Democrats Think They Can Win without You

A  few days ago, Ericka Anderson, an old friend of National Review, popped up in the pages of the New York Times lamenting that “the Democratic presidential field neglects abundant pools of potential Democrat converts, leaving persuadable audiences — like independents and Trump-averse, anti-abortion ... Read More
PC Culture

Defiant Dave Chappelle

When Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage. Inkoo Kang of Slate declared that Chappelle’s “jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin, in the online magazine Paste, maintained that the ... Read More