October 10, 2017

Ha, ha! Stephen Moore, don't bring an opinion to a fact fight!

On CNN last night, he told Robert Reich "Donald Trump is not guilty of any impeachable offense. You don't like his positions, Bob. And because you don't like his positions you think he should be impeached. and I think that is dangerous to our democracy and the people --"

Reich set him straight.

"Let me be very clear, I think he has abused his power. We could go through a whole list of things. I'm not saying that he has necessarily committed a crime. We don't know yet,but that is what an impeachment inquiry should get into. There's a lot of evidence being accumulated that the mental competence of this president is at least questionable.

Don Lemon jumped in.

"I want to get this in because I think this is important," he said. "You wrote a letter to Secretary Tillerson about calling the president a moron. and you wrote in part, 'the reason your moronic comment about Trump made the headlines is is that Trump really is a moron. Washington is petty. A sociopath, I should say -- excuse me, Washington is petty, but it's not nonsensical. It latches onto gaffes only when they reveal something important. That's a very strong statement. what is so revealing to you about that gaffe?"

"A gaffe really means that somebody in politics has stated a truth that nobody wants to admit but they all believe. And that comment, I mean that's a silly comment. I mean the fact that Rex Tillerson did not deny he called the president a moron is certainly indicative. But the fact it made the headlines -- it made the headlines because people are in Washington very concerned about the mental state of the president," Reich said.

Moore said he "just heard about that."

"This is the first I've heard about it. and if it's true, I think it doesn't add to the public debate at all for anyone to call the president a moron and say he's mentally unfit for office. The voters knew what they were getting. and your girl lost, and your guy won. And to see, gee, he's not really fit to serve the presidency, I mean, the American people wanted a disrupter. They voted for someone who would shake up Washington. I'm on the road all the time, and now i'm talking to a lot of the Trump supporters. I know you've got segments whether Trump is losing his base, but i've got to tell you he's not losing his base. His people are saying keep it up, he's doing a great job."

(I'm sure Stephen Moore is down with the real people at Mickey D's.)

"Saying that the voters voted for a disrupter and therefore have no right to object and question what is going on right now is like saying the voters voted for Richard Nixon and therefore had no right to hold him accountable for being something that was not just a direct disrupter but actually committed high crimes --" Reich retorted.

"I think the voters also want someone that's competent. And it is fair game to question whether this president is doing the job as it should be done. I don't know about calling names or all of that," Lemon said.

"It's not about calling this clear, there is too much name-calling. There's too much name-calling in Washington. too much pettiness and vindictiveness. And too much of it is coming from Washington," Moore said.

"I did not. Wait a minute, wait a minute -- Steve, Steve, I have quoting Rex Tillerson. I was trying to make a serious point. and that serious point was beyond what Rex Tillerson did not admit saying, that calling him a moron is something that a lot of people in the country are reflecting."

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