Ok quick…off the top of your head, who is the nuttiest 2020 candidate for president? Joe “Record Player” Biden? Spartacus Booker? Pocahantos Warren? Bernie?
Ah, but you haven’t even gotten to the bottom of the crazy barrel. The nuttiest 2020 candidate might actually be a Republican challenger, Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
Yesterday, on MSNBC, Weld attacked Trump for his contact with the government of Ukraine, calling his actions “treason.”
The left is in a meltdown over an alleged phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky during which Trump asked the foreign government to investigate possible corruption at a gas company where Biden’s son, Hunter, was a director and raking in buckets of cash.
Weld said, "Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election. That's not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It's treason pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty.”
Yowsa. There’s just one small problem for Weld. Whatever Trump said on the phone call was hardly treasonous, according to the Constitution:
It’s crazy how the anti-Trump crowd is taking a damaging story about Joe Biden and his son and attempting to turn it into another Trump scandal. There was no “collusion” in the 2016 election, but that didn’t stop the media from banging that drum for three years. Now maybe they can make it stick for 2020. Riiight.
As background, Joe Biden’s son Hunter was hired by Burisma Holdings, one of the largest natural gas companies in Ukraine, in 2014. In a freakish twist of fate, this was about the same time Joe Biden as vice president was leading the Obama administration's efforts to pressure Ukraine to root out corruption.
In 2016 Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was attempting to do just that, when his investigation identified Hunter Biden as the recipient of over $3,000,000 from Burisma. Bear in mind, Hunter had no prior experience in the energy industry — let alone natural gas — and no experience in Ukraine.
When the investigation began to focus on Hunter, Joe Biden apparently used US loan guarantees as leverage in demanding Skokin be fired. In fact, he bragged about it.
Now Trump is under fire for allegedly asking the government of Ukraine, during a phone call, to look into Hunter Biden’s arrangement with Burisma, based on a complaint from a “whistleblower” who was not present during the call and did not have firsthand knowledge of the call. It's not even clear if that person read a transcript of the call, heard about it in conversation, or learned about it telepathically or in a vision.
But that didn’t stop presidential hopeful Bill Weld from expressing the moist dreams of many never-Trumpers. He’s still going to have a tough row to hoe for the Republican nomination. In a recent Gallup poll, Trump’s approval rating was 91 percent among Republicans.