On Episode 86 of War Room: Impeachment Stephen K. Bannon, Raheem Kassam, and Jason Miller discussed a recent article in the National Review calling for the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump.
“Remember,” Kassam said, “the big front page in Nation Review back ahead of the 2016 election campaign was the case against Trump. They seem like they’re trying to do it again.”
Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor at National Review, wrote the article ‘Trump Meets the Four Tests for Impeachment.’
Ponnuru “essentially calls for the removal of President Trump, saying that he should be impeached,” Miller explained.
“It’s a bazillion words. You don’t need to go to the website and read it. If you don’t think President Trump should be impeached, then there’s no reason for you to waste your time this holiday season doing it.”
“The thing that really struck me,” Miller continued, “so National Review, which obviously had written all those essays about pushing for a candidate not named President Trump back during the primary, but they seemed to have made this road to Damascus-like conversion.”
He elaborated: “You have Rich Lowry who runs the website out with a book on nationalism. Which, I guess – okay.”
“That’s like Madonna writing a book on virtue,” Bannon added.
“I don’t understand this,” Miller resumed. “You have the head of the website for National Review writing a book on nationalism, and going on TV, and going on Meet the Press, and singing praises of President Trump. Which, by the way…they’re basically digital panhandlers. You go [to the website] and you start getting all these popups to subscribe and join the nonprofit. But then they flip around and one of their senior editors is calling for President Trump’s impeachment. I don’t know.”
Kassam said Ponnuru is “going further than a lot of Democrats are going. This is the really interesting thing: a lot of those Democrats have been very clear that the evidence record is very thin. Johnathan Turley, the only nonemotional character of the Constitutional law experts, saying the evidence record is too thin.”
“Meanwhile,” he continued,” National Review – which, by the way, I don’t like that they use the word ‘national.’ They’re not allowed to use the word ‘national.’ Global Review says that there is not just impetus to impeach the President in the House, but to remove him from office.”
“The article by Ramesh is so thin in and of itself,” Kassam emphasized. “Here’s the tell: it doesn’t even say at the beginning ‘abuse of power. It says ‘dereliction of duty.’ And the dereliction of duty as Ramesh puts it is basically anything Ramesh Ponnuru says the President didn’t do that he should have done.”
“You’re seeing a convergence of forces of the reactionary part of the Republican party,” Bannon said. He explained that these forces “will not allow the Republican party to be turned into a truly populist party built around the virtues and values of working class and middle class people who put the country’s needs first.”