As Twitchy reported, Rep. Lee Zeldin called it back in November: the memo had gone out and Democrats stopped alleging “quid pro quo” and suddenly shifted all at once to “bribery” and “extortion.” Democrats were on every cable news network getting out the word that the president had bribed Ukraine’s president.
Dems have a new word of the day: “extortion”. The shiny object of “quid pro quo” totally fell apart on them. Same problem though w/their new shiny object: Ukraine didn’t know there was a hold on aid until just before it was lifted. They didn’t have to do anything to get it lifted
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) November 11, 2019
As the Washington Post reported soon after, it turned out the DCCC had done a study and found that the word “bribery” resonated more in battleground states than did quid pro quo. And besides, a lot of Democrat voters didn’t know what quid pro quo meant.
And then, at last, the House Democrats were ready to unveil their two articles of impeachment … but instead of alleging bribery and extortion, the House went with abuse of power and the laughable obstruction of Congress.
Sen. Josh Hawley noted that during questioning Wednesday, bribery kept coming up. So why didn’t the House charge President Trump with bribery?
Questioning for 5 hours so far in the Senate. Adam Schiff just said House Dems’ case is about bribery. But they didn’t allege bribery in the Articles! Or extortion. Or any unlawful conduct of any kind. But we should overturn an election? Schiff & Co getting desperate
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 29, 2020
Getting? He's insane. We're watching.
— Mary (@MEMcovfefe4) January 29, 2020
Extortion too! He’s nuts!
— J (@Lil_Angry_Dude) January 29, 2020
And Schiff is busy misrepresenting facts.
— CherEl (@CherylChey326) January 29, 2020
I thought I was in the Twilight Zone when I heard him say that.
Do people pay attention?
— Yea! 🆗 (@w_ait__wh_at) January 29, 2020
And what the hell was the supposed pay off?
— Zaggs (@Zaggs) January 29, 2020
— 🇺🇸 Rodzilla (@clantro) January 29, 2020
I'm glad you caught that because I did!
— Marty. Watson 🇺🇸 (@MartyWatson11) January 29, 2020
That's what I was screaming at the television.
— Heather Dukes (@ItsHeatherDukes) January 29, 2020
That's what I keep asking. Schiff said quid pro quo a thousand times today and bribery. Neither one of those are the charges so can they just bring new charges?
— FAKE-Impeachment-Deplorable🇺🇸🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@Simonmanx1) January 29, 2020
Dead give away that the Democrats lack confidence in their articles of impeachment is the fact they have been resorting to gross exaggerations.
— Jeffrey W. Ludwig (@jwludwig) January 29, 2020
I’m disgusted by this partisan circus. Signed, an Independent who didn’t vote for Trump.
— carol (@beachws) January 29, 2020
Schiff stands up there an lies lies lies and we all know that he is lying. And you politicians dont do anything about it. #MAGA dont play that Josh. DO SOMETHING.
— Mr Dirt (@MyBrothers111) January 29, 2020
Senator Hawley…please require Adam Schiff to release the Intel IG testimony! Ask why he hasn't. When he will. Demand it!!
— Ronaldus Magnus (@FunPolitics) January 29, 2020
Keep drilling Schiff with whistleblower and IG questions. Making him squirm.
— INDEPENDENT voter**❌ (@GIAMIKKO) January 30, 2020
We wish Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could Skype in and tell the House impeachment managers how he was bribed and extorted.
‘We don’t have to do hypotheticals’: Jay Sekulow drops self-awareness nuke on Adam Schiff & Dems over ‘foreign-solicited dirt to start sham investigations’ https://t.co/Yzy4s9RBUy
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 29, 2020