On Episode 50 of War Room: Impeachment, host Raheem Kassam provides an overview of Democrat’s narrative shifts: from quid pro quo to bribery to extortion.
To Kassam, this constant shift in messaging is a “regretful error” for Democrats.
At first, Democrats “started this whole process with the quid pro quo line. They then focus grouped that and realized nobody really knows what a quid pro quo is, and the latin translation is actually very vague.”
To remedy those concerns, “they looked for something a little bit more direct, a little more on the nose and they ended with bribery” along with “the Venn diagram of all the phrases associated with bribery: blackmail, extortion, abuse of power.”
Democrats also saw bribery as an improvement because “it does hardwire you more into the Constitution than extortion and quid pro quo” because “it’s actually listed” according to host Stephen K. Bannon.
However, “the problem that they suffered with bribery” was that it “may be in the Constitution, but it’s not defined in the Constitution, so you have to rely on a definition that will come forth sometime in the future.”
Kassam continues, “People can’t identify what the bribery is.”
Bannon contends: “They don’t think a meeting in the Oval Office raises to the level of bribery.”
Why are the Democrats making so many narrative shifts?
In part, because they’re trying to label a crime that never occurred, but also because “the president is elected to extract the best value from every single relationship for the good of the American citizens and the nation. That’s what the president should be about and they’ve experienced for so very long presidents that haven’t been about it, they see this guy actually starting to pull on the thread of the permanent political class and trying to deliver on something like that, and they all lump in after him.”