Strident avoidance syndrome

When reporting goes bad:

Nancy Pelosiwho has stridently avoided calling for impeachment, wrote in a letter that continued White House obstruction over releasing the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president would trigger severe consequences.

How do you stridently avoid calling for something? How do you stridently avoid anything?

I think they meant “strenuously advised against.”

It’s live reporting, so of its nature they do it quickly and without time for proofreaders to check it…but at the same time it does kind of hint at that unconscious bias thing we all drag around with us. Whether you agree with Pelosi or not, it is after all her job to advise for and against things, and why do women get called “strident” so easily?

Anyway…meanwhile Giuliani continues to lie and bluster in the service of the worst human in the world:

Rudy Giuliani, who serves as a lawyer to Trump, was asked on Fox News about whether the president threatened to cut off aid to the Ukraine if the country did not investigate Joe Biden.

The former New York mayor initially denied the reports as a “false story.” But when pressed on whether it was “100 percent” false, Giuliani said, “I can’t tell you if it’s 100 percent.”

According to reports, Trump repeatedly pressured the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to work with Giuliani on a probe into Biden. Giuliani has previously suggested that Biden leaned on Ukraine to stomp out corruption because of an investigation into a natural gas company with connections to his son, Hunter Biden. But there is no evidence of wrongdoing on the younger Biden’s part.

That has not stopped Giuliani from cranking out baseless conspiracy theories apparently meant to try to deflect attention away from Trump.

Such as a tweet early today:

If Dem party doesn’t call for investigation of Bidens’ millions from Ukraine and billions from China, they will own it. Bidens’ made big money selling public office. How could Obama have allowed this to happen? Will Dems continue to condone and enable this kind pay-for-play?

Baseless conspiracy theories aka libel.

Trump says you have to talk about corruption.

Arriving at the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump said he was talking Democrats’ talk of impeachment “not at all seriously.”

The president also dubiously argued that his conversation with the Ukrainian leader was appropriate given the importance of discussing corruption.

“It’s very important to talk about corruption,” Trump said. “If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt? … It’s very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption.”

But it’s one thing to bring up a country’s history with corruption and quite another to suggest that the country investigate one of your political rivals.

Also, can we talk about Trump’s corruption now?

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