In Thursday’s impeachment hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) did something that’s very difficult to do. He shamed Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) into silence. Well, at least until Collins—who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee—started laughing about the 13 Ukrainian soldiers who were killed by Russia after Trump abandoned the Kurds by withholding urgent aid to Ukraine.
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Keep in mind that Doug Collins is a former Baptist pastor and currently serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
“You can deny this as much as you want. People died in Ukraine at the hands of Russia. And Ukraine … was counting on our support,” Swalwell said.
“But they died when this selfish, selfish president withheld the aid for his own personal gain,” Swalwell added.
“Don’t tell yourself Ukrainians didn’t die,” Swalwell said. “They died.”
Swalwell was referring to Trump’s withholding of aid to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce he was launching an investigation into his political rival, former Vice Pres. Joe Biden. Earlier in the day, Collins claimed that no one died because of the delay in sending aid.
Swalwell dropped this bomb.
“He [Trump] is not who you want him to be.”
As Swalwell made an impassioned statement directly to Collins, Collins at first put his head down (in shame?), then started laughing and smirking.
When a visibly upset Collins finally had a chance to speak, he said this.
“Mr. Swalwell, I’m not sure if the hearing is bad on that end because undoubtedly it is — I did not say no one died,” Collins said. “No one said that. And you can accuse whatever because you’re just just sitting there just telling untruths. Because you don’t get it because you have a personal agenda.”
Then, Collins added this.
“I know when people die…we know people die. Wars. People die. Is that difficult to understand?”
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