Editor’s Note: Trump sinks to a new low during impeachment inquiry

By Blaise Mesa, Co-Editor-in-Chief

House Committee members were greeted with new faces during Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump—the American public and media outlets.

The inquiry went live with broadcasts of the testimony even being shown on Facebook Live, among other platforms. Acting Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent were the two witnesses testifying. Testimony on Wednesday lasted approximately five hours.

While congresspeople bickered—with Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) even asking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) questions, rather than the witnesses—Taylor brought new details to light and expanded on others.

Taylor said during his testimony that he learned from staff that Trump cared more about investigating Biden than he cared for Ukraine. Taylor also noted the military aid is “crucial for Ukraine’s defense.”

“Ukraine is on the front line of the conflict with a newly aggressive Russia,” he said.

Taylor said more Ukrainians will “undoubtedly die” without the aid, and the aid gave the Ukrainian army basic combat necessities to fight Russian-led forces in Ukraine.

While Trump worked Ukraine for his own personal and political gain, Ukrainians were dying.

Trump has hit a new low, which is impressive for someone who spent his first three years in the White House spewing hate-filled rhetoric, among a myriad of other repulsive acts.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said Trump’s conversations with President Volodymyr Zelensky should be labeled as attempted extortion and bribery.

“[Trump] was talking to a desperate man,” Castro said of Zelensky. “He had a desperate man on the phone and asked a desperate man for a favor.”

Throughout the testimony, Taylor and Kent highlighted the progress Ukraine has made as a country. It is fending off Russia while ousting corruption; it is a country on the rise and a country that could use a helping hand.

But to Trump, Ukraine is just a tool for political gain. He has no problem pressuring a country “desperate” for help to get what he wants. Trump even felt that he had been “wronged” by the Ukrainians, and that they owed him this investigation, Taylor said.

Trump and the Republicans maintained there was nothing wrong with the phone call and that it was “perfect.” But both Taylor and Kent said Trump’s call to Zelensky was a “cause for concern.”

The call was far from perfect.

People in Ukraine are at risk, yet Trump resorted to childish tactics to defend himself from the inquiry.

“Why is such a focus put on 2nd and 3rd hand witnesses, many of whom are Never Trumpers,” Trump said in a Tuesday tweet, “or whose lawyers are Never Trumpers, when all you have to do is read the phone call (transcript) with the Ukrainian President and see first hand?”

I only suspect Trump, and his Twitter, will get worse as the inquiry moves on.

In the coming weeks, dozens of additional witnesses will come forward to testify. Some will testify behind closed doors, with others going in front of the public.

Future generations will look back on this process and wonder how someone like Trump ever got elected. He mocked a reporter with arthrogryposis—a physical disability; degraded women and minorities; and pushed his bigoted agenda on the country for years, but it wasn’t until the impeachment inquiry that we could see how low Trump can go. Even while others die as a result of his actions, it’s all about him and how he is the victim.