The likening of President Donald Trump to the seedy, often one-dimensional, mob figures that littered American cinema before the turn of the century has been commonplace among House Democrats since long before the start of their fast-moving impeachment inquiry.
But Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia took things a step further Thursday, suggesting during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Trump’s behavior with foreign leaders is akin to that of a low-life kidnapper seeking ransom.
According to Johnson, watching Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tell reporters he had not been pressured by the Trump administration to investigate the Bidens during a September meeting with Trump at the United Nations in New York was like watching a man negotiate while being blackmailed with the life of a family member.
“Big, 6-foot-4 President Trump, 5-foot-11 President Zelensky,” Johnson said, setting the scene. “They’re standing there, and President Trump is holding court, and he says, ‘Oh, by the way, no pressure.’”
“And you saw President Zelensky shaking his head as if his daughter was downstairs in the basement, duct-taped,” the representative said.
How completely unhinged Democrats have become in this Impeachment hearing?
Member of the Judiciary Committee Hank Johnson (D-GA) just said Impeachment is justified because:
1. Trump taller than Prez. Zelensky
2. Trump had Zelensky's daughter "in the basement duck taped"
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 12, 2019