The Hill reports that the President of the United States may be in the process of, in the vernacular, losing his shit:
President Trump sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday urging her to halt impeachment proceedings one day before the House is set to vote to impeach him, accusing Democrats of an “unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power.”
The lengthy missive contained many of the same arguments and featured the same heated rhetoric Trump has deployed over the last two months via Twitter and public appearances. He complains about former special counsel Robert Mueller, lists off his own achievements, bashes “ranting and raving” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and denies any wrongdoing.
“This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment, badly fail at the voting booth. You are not just after me, as President, you are after the entire Republican Party,” Trump wrote in the letter, which marked his first personal correspondence with Pelosi on impeachment. “History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade.”
The fiery missive, frequently punctuated with exclamation points, came loaded with hyperbolic assertions — including the president’s claim that “more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials” and his accusation that Pelosi and House Democrats “view democracy as your enemy!”
Trump charged that the current impeachment drive “represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power” by Democratic lawmakers that he argued has been “unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.”
“By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American democracy,” he wrote.
Here’s the full text of President Donald Trump’s letter today to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It doesn’t look like this letter was subject to much in the way of editing from what we assume was Trump’s original dictation, complete with strange capitalizations and neurotic overuse of exclamation points. At a moment in history when the media regularly struggles to capture the full unhinged extent of the presidential crisis the nation finds ourselves in, this stands out of one of the most bitterly vitriolic and just plain bizarre missives ever written under an American presidential letterhead.
Even for Trump’s most diehard supporters, this rambling screed in response to the articles of impeachment facing President Trump is very difficult to defend, and certainly won’t win over any unpersuaded voters. We assume the reason the letter wasn’t properly edited is that Trump wouldn’t allow it, since that might shield Democrats from his unbridled wrath.
The only thing we can say is, this was never going to be fun to watch.
And Sen. Cory Gardner could speak up any time if he wanted to.