Democrat presidential candidates last month threatened Israel with a quid pro quo, significantly hampering their party’s sham impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump.
“I think that the aid is leverage to guide Israel in the right direction,” South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said. “If, for example, there is follow-through on these threats of annexation, I’m committed to ensuring that the US is not footing the bill for that.”
That was Buttigieg’s reply to a University of Chicago student who asked him whether he, as president, would withhold monetary aid to Israel if the nation annexed land on the West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised.
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) both endorsed that plan shortly after Buttigieg, according to a Washington Post analysis piece and reported by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Twitter.
The Democrats are in the midst of a months-long impeachment charade in which they claim that Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors by threatening to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine unless the country investigated former Vice President Joe Biden’s crack smoking, strip club frequenting son Hunter for corruption. There is no hard evidence that this alleged conversation, now known infamously as a “quid pro quo,” ever occurred.
Meanwhile, leftist presidential candidates are campaigning on quid pro quo deals with foreign nations. Biden himself bragged during a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) event about threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine if they did not fire a certain prosecutor.
Recalling his own quid pro quo, Biden said:
I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.
The hypocrisy was not lost on Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ).
“Unlike the democrats tortured interpretation of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky; Democrats provide everyone clear examples of ‘quid pro quo’ both on camera and in print. No interpretation needed!” he told The Rundown News via text.
Former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo weighed in, too.
“All diplomacy is built on quid pro quo, and the cynical Democrats behind the impeachment scam know it,” he told The Rundown News. “Beyond humanitarian relief, if we’re not getting something for our money, in most cases the United States shouldn’t provide aid at all.”
Caputo also said that Biden family’s business dealings in Ukraine, a key part of the impeachment inquiry, were an “open secret” in Washington, D.C.
“Concerns about the Biden family Burisma gambit began the moment Hunter joined that corrupt company board in 2014,” he said. “Marie Yovanovitch, prepping with Obama White House sherpas for her Senate confirmation hearing to serve as our Ambassador to Ukraine, was briefed on how to take difficult questions about Hunter’s multi-million dollar gig. The Biden corruption was an open secret in Washington.”
“These dark but open Washington secrets are offensive to Americans and especially offensive to President Trump. He was always going to get to the bottom of this scam and the election of a corruption fighter as President of Ukraine gave him a rare opening. Biden jumping in the 2020 race was never going to protect him.”