Charlie Kirk: Democrats Are Going to Push This Soviet-Style Show Trial to the End | Opinion

It's the holiday season, but since the Democrats control the House, it's also impeachment season. Democrats had this time of year circled on their calendar to use the Mueller report to get rid of President Donald Trump. But like the Grinch, Robert Mueller almost ruined Christmas by stealing Russian collusion right out from under them. Not to worry, as of Wednesday morning, the Democrats have managed to abuse their constitutional powers so heinously, they've found a back door to impeachment anyways.

I recently wrote that Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony had officially turned this impeachment sham into something closer resembling the infamous Soviet show trials of 1936-38. That his testimony—that no one ever told him anything about a quid pro quo, he just inferred it—didn't immediately end the impeachment inquiry is a national tragedy.

Instead, Adam Schiff declared that the ambassador's testimony confirmed the high crimes and misdemeanors of the president. The eagerly awaiting CNN, along with its print comrades The New York Times and The Washington Post, dutifully relayed his glorious revelation. Sondland's testimony was thereby misreported in vintage Soviet style!

This past weekend on Fox News' Life, Liberty & Levin, hosted by "the great one," Mark Levin, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz pointed out the similarity between the path the Democrats are pursuing and the old practices of the KGB under Stalin. "What they're trying to do is what the KGB under Lavrentiy Beria said to Stalin, the dictator," Dershowitz warned. Beria, once the Soviet deputy premier and interior minister, would reassure Stalin by saying, "Show me the man and I'll find you the crime." The professor continued, "I'm not comparing our country to the Soviet Union.... I just want to make sure it never becomes anything like that."

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Over the decades, Dershowitz has earned praise and condemnation from both the political right and left because of his unwillingness to cite the Constitution for his own purpose, but rather to defend the intent of its authors. Dershowitz was referencing the Democrats' accusation against the president of bribery, even though this accusation has no connection to the common law or statutory law definitions of bribery. In other words, according to Dershowitz, Democrats have gone one step beyond even Beria's chilling promise to Stalin. They didn't stop at "show me the man and I'll find you the crime." They've created one out of thin air.

The complicity of the press in this is disgraceful.

The "yellow journalism" being practiced today is eerily reminiscent to the most nefarious example in American history, that of William Randolph Hearst and his battles at the turn into the 20th century with rival newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer. Their competition led to fabricating and embellishing stories in order to sell newspapers. Even they would be impressed by today's press and their misrepresentations of Sondland's and others' testimony.

Hearst went so far as to deliberately help instigate the Spanish American War in Cuba. When Frederic Remington, an artist for Hearst's newspapers, cabled Hearst from Cuba in 1897 that "there will be no war," Hearst cabled back: "You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."

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Hearst's Cuba dictate has been echoed in newsrooms from New York to D.C., only replace Cuba with Russia, and the media's hysteria begins to make more sense.

So why are the Democrats and the media emulating the Soviet model?

The answer is easy. As members of America's "Ruling Class" they have had their world turned upside down and their positions of power, privilege and prestige placed at risk. President Trump has confronted them head-on, and they will not go down without exhausting every available means to victory.

Adam Schiff and Democratic leaders
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Representative Adam Schiff speaks in front of fellow Democratic leaders on December 10 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty

The Democrats, of course, knew when they started this sham that the president would not be convicted and removed by the Senate. Now, they know from the poor television ratings for the impeachment hearings and stagnated polling numbers that the American people will not condemn him either. In terms of objective measures, the Democrats' impeachment strategy is failing. The numbers will not, however, dissuade them. They are going to ignore Sun Tzu's advice to not proceed on a losing front, and they are going to push this to the end. They have no choice.

As a result, they find themselves in the ultimate political Catch-22: the impeachment strategy has boomeranged, and they are losing. But if they do nothing, they will surely lose as well. So, confronted with a no-win, impossible situation, they've decided on pursuing the political death penalty for a man they hate but whom the American people duly elected. In so doing, they've forsaken this country and its institutions, and embraced the methods and devices of one they claim to hate above all others—Russia.

President Trump has threatened the established power structure of the ruling class, the deep state and the fourth estate. If his ideas take permanent hold with a majority of Americans, those groups lose their power, permanently.

Just in time to prevent us from becoming the Soviet Union.

Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, the nation's largest and fastest-growing conservative youth organization with a presence on over 1,400 college and high school campuses; he is also host of The Charlie Kirk Show.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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