Former New York City Mayor and TV lawyer for President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani previewed the argument that Trump and his allies are likely to make to Republican voters in order to hold onto power this November.
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On Wednesday afternoon, Giuliani explained that November’s midterms will be a referendum on Trump and whether or not the country wants to see the president impeached.
#URGENT: Giuliani says "this (midterm) election is going to be about impeachment or no impeachment"
— Carol Costello (@CarolC) August 1, 2018
“I say this not in my role as a lawyer but as a concerned citizen and Republican,” Giuliani said. “This election is going to be about impeachment or no impeachment.”
Giuliani was speaking at a campaign event for Eddie Edwards, who is seeking the Republican nomination to represent New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District the U.S. House of Representatives. His job was to rally the troops, and it’s clear that this is how they intend to do it: argue that if Democrats take over, that’s it for Trump.
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“If Democrats get control of the House, do you think they’re going to treat President Trump fairly?” Giuliani asked. Many in the crowd shouted, “no!”
“I don’t think they will either,” Giuliani replied.
When you look at some of them on television — ‘Traitor. He’s a traitor, he’s this, he’s that.’ — You get the sense that there isn’t a fair-minded, large enough group of people there that we can trust not to take this country down this terrible road.
This follows similar messaging by former Chief White House Strategist Steven Bannon, who in June said that the midterms would be an “up or down vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump” and that GOP voters should pretend Trump is “on the ballot.”
“This is Trump’s first [re-election],” Bannon told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “It’s going to be this November.”
“It’s very simple, November 6th, up or down vote … up or down vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump. I’ll tell you what, you get to then look at … the growth of the economy,” he said.
Trump’s top talking head also said that a Democrat-controlled House would have the votes to move forward with potential articles of impeachment, which have twice been abandoned under the Republican leadership.
This strategy plays out, of course, under the cloud of the Mueller investigation, which Giuliani once again called for an end to earlier Wednesday.