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Rep. Lee Zeldin: Democrats' new word of the day is 'extortion,' replacing quid pro quo

When you keep an eye on the media it’s obvious when the memo has gone out, either to Democrats or to journalists. Rep. Lee Zeldin has noticed that Democrats seem to have dropped mentions of “quid pro quo” and are now charging the president with “extortion.” “Bribery” is getting a few mentions as well.


The memo did go out:

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York thinks the Democrats will eventually land on “abuse of power” after trying out a few other charges and seeing how they resonate with the American public.


“In recent weeks, some Democrats have struggled to cite a crime committed by President Trump in the Ukraine affair,” York writes in the Washington Examiner:

Extortion is a real crime and a word that is familiar to most Americans. People have actually been convicted of extortion. Contrast that to the alleged campaign finance violation some had discussed in relation to the Ukraine affair, in which the information gained from a Ukrainian investigation into the Bidens, if given to Trump, would be a “thing of value” and thus an illegal foreign campaign contribution. It was, to say the least, a stretch, and one that few Americans would likely understand.

But extortion is different. “We have a crime — extortion,” said Swalwell.

“There was a concerted effort by this president and his White House to essentially extort the new president of Ukraine,” said Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly on CNN Wednesday.

“The president was attempting to extort the Ukrainian government,” said Democratic Rep. John Garamendi on CNN Sunday. “The result of that extortion is, the president will be impeached.”

So extortion and bribery it is, until it becomes something else.



Oh, they did.


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