President Donald Trump made his name in real estate, hotels, and casinos — and the fact that he’s proven he can close deals.
And he’s about to use his experience to finish impeachment once and for all.
Trump has an ace up his sleeve.
And like the best players out there, he’s kept it in plain sight all along – there for everyone to see – yet no one has noticed it.
That’s because his “best friend” isn’t anyone in his White House, and it’s not one of his Republican defenders in Congress.
It’s a Democrat – a nemesis who has battled with him for decades: House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
More specifically, Trump’s secret weapon against impeachment is Nadler’s deep unpopularity in the United States, which cuts across party lines.
And as he takes over the impeachment process as the proceedings move over to his committee, Americans will get a daily reminder on live TV of just how much they dislike Nadler.
“In Jerry Nadler, Democrats have done the impossible and managed to find an even more unlikable face for their impeachment hoax than Adam Schiff,” a former White House official told the Washington Examiner.
A GOP lawmaker called Nadler “the most incompetent and unlikable Democrat member.”
Of course, Trump’s “best friend” in impeachment isn’t exactly chummy with the president.
Trump himself had had a long-running feud with the lawmaker.
Back in the 1980s, Nadler — then a state assemblyman in New York — helped block Trump’s proposed “Television City” real estate development.
Trump responded with one of his nicknames, deriding Nadler — then badly overweight — as “Fat Jerry.”
Even Nadler’s own Democratic allies seem fed up with him.
“Publicly, his colleagues and his party’s leadership praise his handling of oversight into the Trump administration,” The Daily Beast reported over the summer. “But behind the scenes discontent is mounting over what some view as a less-than-smooth process in handling investigations into President Trump and his advisers.”
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One Democratic source told the website that “there is constant battling” behind the scenes between Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
The Washington Post reported in September that Nadler and Pelosi have “never seen eye-to-eye” on impeachment… and that could be why she relegated him to a second fiddle role so far.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., noticed the demotion during the impeachment proceedings in the House Intelligence Committee. As Nunes pointed out, impeachment is usually reserved for Nadler’s Judiciary Committee… yet it’s the Intelligence Committee that’s taken on the lead role.
“Isn’t it strange how we have morphed into the impeachment committee, presiding over a matter that has no intelligence component whatsoever?” he mused during testimony.
He suggested that handing the proceedings over to the Intelligence Committee was a sign that Democratic leadership wanted to “avoid giving too big of a role in this spectacle to another Democrat Committee Chairman in whom the Democrat leaders obviously have no confidence.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took a few digs at Nadler.
“Nancy Pelosi was so afraid to let Jerry Nadler … take over the proceedings that she had to shove it over to Adam Schiff, who really beclowned himself in that entire process,” she said.
One GOP lawmaker told the Washington Examiner that if Pelosi was as unhappy with Schiff as reports indicate, “wait until she sees Nadler in action.”
In other words, Pelosi and her leadership team have zero confidence in Nadler, and even Republicans have noticed.
With the proceedings turning into a full-time show on both network TV and live cable news, there’s no doubt that American voters will notice, too.
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”