Krauthammer Says Democrats Trying To Leave Behind ‘Landmines’ For Trump by Randy DeSoto January 13, 2017Charles Krauthammer contends what the Democrats are doing in the closing days of the Obama administration is entirely clear: “trying to leave behind as many landmines as they can” to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump.
On Fox News Thursday night, the conservative commentator cited President Obama’s commissioning of a report about Russia’s influence on the election and now the newly announced investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general into the conduct of the FBI and its director, Jim Comey, during the election as cases in point.
“Look, I don’t want to impute a general conspiracy here, but it looks as if the Democrats, on their way out the door, are trying to leave behind as many landmines as they can to at least cast doubts on the legitimacy of the Trump victory,” said Krauthammer.
He continued, “All of a sudden, as we have seen, they’ve gotten interested in Russian cyberwarfare, which the administration appeared to be extremely nonchalant about until they lost the November election.”
“And now we’re going to have new investigations, meaning days and days of headlines about the other thing that Democrats attribute their loss to, meaning Comey’s action with 11 days to go, in which he reopened, as he said, the investigation,” Krauthammer observed. “Many Democrats think that’s why they lost.”
He concluded, “I’m not sure this is the best way to ensure a good transition, one where you transfer not just the authority of office but the legitimacy. But that seems to be what the Democrats want to do as they get out of power.”
Krauthammer argued in a National Review op-ed piece published Thursday, “Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in, and the honeymoon has already come and gone.”
The commentator noted that Trump enjoyed a popularity bump following his upset victory, which has since diminished, which he said was clearly the Democrats’ intended effect.