NEVERTRUMP DELUSION: National Review’s David French Praises Mueller Following His Testimony
After pretty much everyone across the political spectrum agreed that former FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress this week was a complete and unmitigated disaster for the Democrats, the consummate ‘Never Trumper’ took a different take.
The National Review mainstay wrote in an editorial for Time claiming that “Mueller’s critics did not undermine a single one of the report’s material factual assertions regarding Trump’s conduct or the conduct of his team” during the two hearings i which the veteran FBI spook faced questioning.
French believes this despite the fact that Mueller stated that he was not aware of Fusion GPS, the firm that was contracted through a third party by Democrats to produce dubious intelligence that provided the entire basis of the Russian collusion investigation.
“All of it reflects the fact that the Trump campaign was laden with individuals who were willing, eager even, to accept campaign help from America’s chief geopolitical foe,” French wrote of the so-called evidence found in the Mueller report.
After misrepresenting the obvious truths about Mueller’s testimony before Congress, French recycled old, debunked attacks against the President – urging that the American public must vote for the Democrat in next year’s election because of Trump’s supposed lack of character.
“And while Democrats and other Trump opponents are right to emphasize policy disagreements and policy alternatives, it is also vital to ask the American people, do you still want this man to be your president?” French asked.
“The bottom line is clear. The truth is one of Donald Trump’s most dangerous enemies. Robert Mueller uncovered the truth. It’s now up to the American people to ensure that the truth carries political consequences,” French wrote in the conclusion to his article.
Outside of French’s reality-deprived ‘Never Trump’ bubble, commentators from the Left and the Right are admitting that Mueller’s muddled testimony was a huge victory for Trump and those who have proclaimed the Russian collusion investigation to be a giant hoax.
A frail old man, unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions…I said it in 2017 and Mueller confirmed it today — All you pundits and moderates and lame Dems who told the public to put their faith in the esteemed Robert Mueller — just STFU from now on
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 24, 2019
Trump must be gloating in ecstasy. Not because of the failure that is Robert Mueller — his Report is still a damning document of crimes by Trump—but because Trump understands the power of the visual, and he understands that the Dems aren’t street fighters and that’s why he’ll win
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 24, 2019
This is very, very painful.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 24, 2019
Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster. Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it. The effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president has been set back, not advanced.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 24, 2019
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) July 24, 2019
As I said when Mueller gave speech in May, he is feeble.I say that not as a personal attack but as a rational observation. It’s on display today during this hearing. This underscores that the person who influenced this investigation most was Andrew Weissman, his top lieutenant.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 24, 2019
French’s echo chamber is getting more lonely, as he is even forced to admit that Mueller “didn’t deliver the kind of command performance that would reverse the emerging momentum (backed by polls) against impeachment” and that “asking voters to support only the second impeachment in American history – on the eve of a presidential election, no less – represents an unacceptable, divisive political risk.”
Trump has emerged from Mueller’s special investigation victorious, and whiny op/eds from French and others similarly afflicted with Trump derangement syndrome are not going to change the truth of the matter.