NeverTrumper Richard Painter accuses McConnell of “impaneling an all-white jury for a Klansman trial”
Painter once served in the Bush administration, so he’s one of cable media’s favorite anti-Trump flamethrowers.
It’s been a while since we’ve written about anti-Trump #Resistance activist Richard Painter. You may recall that he took over David Brock’s position as Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and has been a frequent and vocal critic of President Trump.
The leftstream media loves to trot him out every so often because before becoming a Democrat Painter served for two years as President Bush’s (43) Chief Ethics lawyer. That’s the part of his resume that is foregrounded in leftstream print media and that typically runs in the chyron on television.
When trotted out, Painter says the most bizarre and outrageous things: he called illegal alien detention centers “concentration camps,” peddled some bizarre conspiracy theory about Justice Kennedy’s retirement, and five months into Trump’s presidency proclaimed him a “Russian agent.”
You can read more about Painter’s past ravings in Professor Jacobson’s post entitled “Stop taking Richard Painter seriously given history of outlandish statements and treason accusations.”
For some reason the left just can’t understand why their token #NeverTrump and progressive (former) Republicans don’t move the needle with normal Americans who support Trump or with Republican voters.
It’s really not hard to grasp, however. Here’s another prime example of exactly why their pet Republicans (and Painter’s not even a Republican anymore) fail to change a single mind about Trump.
Painter, appearing on CNN this week, declared that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “may think he’s a judge impaneling an all-white jury for a Klansman trial in Mississippi in 1965. That’s not the kind of trial we have.”
Richard Painter had said Thursday that McConnell’s announcement that he will conduct the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Trump in “coordination” with the White House is akin to a judge empaneling a Caucasian jury in a KKK case.
“For Mitch McConnell to say he’s working with the White House [and] coordinating with the defendant in this trial — before the trial has even begun — is atrocious,” said Painter, who in 2018 ran for office in Minnesota under the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party banner.
“He may think he’s a judge empaneling an all-white jury for a Klansman trial in Mississippi in 1965. That’s not the kind of trial we have,” Painter said.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — appearing on the CNN panel with Painter — interrupted the attorney to call his claim “absurd.”
He certainly knows his—and CNN’s—audience. If you can’t invoke Hitler, go for the race card. Nevermind that Trump is not facing impeachment articles even vaguely related to racism. For the regressive left, everything is always about race. Everything. Always.
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