The role of the Lioness is former United States Ambassador to the Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch, whom the President relieved of duty near the end of her term. An Obama appointee, democrats/media billed her as a superior public servant who was beyond reproach.
Yovanovitch’s task was to give emotionally moving testimony to Congress, perhaps eke out a tear or two, to put a human face to the Articles of Impeachment possibly forthcoming against the President. The room was teeming with media and supporters who, on cue, broke into enthusiastic applause and rose to their feet as Yovanovitch concluded her testimony.
And oh how the lioness roared! She gave the clearest summary of day two of all in this exchange:
“Do you have any information regarding the President of the United States accepting any bribes?” asked Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) of former Ambassador Yovanovitch.
“No,” replied Yovanovitch.
“Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the President of the United States has been involved with at all?” asked Rep. Stewart.
“No,” answered Yovanovitch.
The end. I jest, but to date, all three witnesses in the hearings, Taylor, Kent, and now Yovanovitch have confirmed, under oath, that they have no knowledge of President Trump committing an impeachable offense. None of the democrat star witnesses had any knowledge of the July 25th call, and Taylor and Kent had never even had a conversation with the President. Yovanovitch testified, “I cannot bring any firsthand knowledge to… the July 25th phone call, the discussions surrounding the call, or any discussions surrounding the delay of security assistance.” Each of them affirmed Ukraine policy has greatly improved under the Trump Administration, citing deliverance of lethal aid, Treasury enforcement, and a crackdown on corruption and an established great rapport between leaders. So what did the lioness want us to know?
And what strategic goal did Democrats seek to advance with the choice of the former Ambassador to testify?
The Lioness wanted us to know she is a victim. Her opening statement was delivered to support the democrat /media narrative that she is a martyr. She compared herself to the diplomats held as hostages in Tehran for 444 days, to Ambassador Stevens and others who died in Benghazi’s terrorist attack, and those affected by “sonic attacks” in Cuba and China. Yovanovitch wants you to know Trump Lion is mean and did not appreciate her expertise, which has “devastated ” her leaving her to feel confused and sad. She is the damsel in distress, and Trump is the bully was the script. Although there is another script, democrats/media are desperate to hide.
Her term was up within three months of her being let go, she had been vocal to her counterparts in negative tones about Trump and his policy agenda which she disagreed, and then there is that pesky op-ed written by Ukrainian Ambassador to the US in 2016 highly critical of the president which she reportedly encouraged. Not to mention her previous role under the Obama tenure that had not effectively addressed the rampant corruption issues and US security related to US taxpayer funds used in anti-corruption initiatives she supposedly implemented. The cherry on the top came when the newly elected President Zelensky voiced a lack of trust in the US Ambassador. But the Lioness expectations were no consequences for her actions, and despite still employed by the State Department and landing a teaching gig at Georgetown she remains feeling jilted.
So what exactly was the chess move here by the democrats? In a word, Women and more precisely suburban women and their votes. The left has cultivated the narrative that Trump is a misogynist, racist, and an illegitimate president. The hard statistics overwhelming reveal that women and minorities have increased job opportunities ( Including in Trump Administration), and wage increases.
Trump’s policies have focused on improving the healthcare debacle, which is the ACA, school choice, STEM initiative for females, Veteran reforms, Immigration reforms, Criminal Justice reforms, Crime, Daycare and maternity leave, and more. These are kitchen table issues, and women are reaping the benefits. However, democrats /media do not report on these facts and count on ignorance and propaganda to keep female voters in the pocket. Especially, those women on government assistance. The problem is among the progressive and moderates, who are college-educated suburban females. They are living in real time the positive effects of the Trump economy and policies. So any opportunity to stroke the emotions of the suburban fillies are not missed.
Inflaming the present-day feminists is a mission that started with the Women’s March post Inaugural, continued with Kavanaugh hearings, and now hopefully solidifies with the Heroine Yovanovitch. Media headlines post testimony heralded her as a brave woman, a feminist icon, a woman patriot, a strong woman standing up to the ogre Trump, and on and on. In the progressive world, having female internal organs affords you extra special, ooey-gooey, privileges, and passes. Oh, and magical powers like playing the fragile victim who must be treated with kid gloves all while being adorned with superman cape and hero status. The juxtaposition of the portrait painted of the Ambassador compared to the disdain and disrespect afforded congresswoman Stefanik by Chairmen Schiff is stunning.
Any woman who would allow herself used for such an agenda, much less cast a vote for the team that is the user, is confused and should be ashamed. The other purpose of having the ambassador feign weak prey was to throw up her assumptions about Trump and his policies in an attempt to chum waters for useful idiots who do not read passed headlines. Hence,” “I was shocked and devastated that I would feature in a phone call between two heads of state, in such a manner where President Trump said that I was ‘bad news’ to another world leader and that I would be going through some things,” Yovanovitch said. “It was a terrible moment.” Missing from the reporting is that the two transcripts now released do not show any discussion of the sort.
Despite the Lioness, Schiff’s circus and the media narrative, Americans who watched the testimony did learn additional things:
- Yovanovitch confirmed there was an open probe into Bursima Holdings when VP Biden demanded the prosecutor be fired.
Yovanovitch admits being prepped by the Obama administration on Hunter Biden & Burisma during her confirmation. She was instructed to refrain from comment other than,” I would refer you to the vice president’s office. Ratcliffe: “Out of thousands of companies in the Ukraine, the only one that you recall the Obama/Biden State Department preparing you to answer questions about was the one where the Vice President’s son was on the board. Is that fair?”Yovanovitch Yes.
- Yovanovitch confirmed corruption in Ukraine was a significant issue and was rampant and still an issue.
- Rep. Turner gets Yovanovitch to admit it is not unusual for Giuliani to meet with Ukrainian Officials by pointing to instances in the past such as Richard Holbrooke doing so. Yovanovitch responded, “We meet with private individuals all the time.”
Turner concluded, “It probably wasn’t unusual for Giuliani either.”
- Some bureaucrats in The State Department felt that their Foreign policy for Ukraine was hijacked by a president they deemed as not worthy of his elected title.
- The duly elected President gets to set Foreign Policy per the Constitution.
When the lioness left the arena, the talking points converged on Trump’s tweet delivered earlier in the day:
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.” Trump tweeted, “They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.”
High Priestess Schiff broke into testimony to make Yovanovitch aware and shrilled ” witness tampering !” The witness did not even know of the tweet until reading it to her. There was no threat implied, and it was his statement on her job performance. Trump, when later questioned about the tweet, said, “I want freedom of speech, I get no representation in this hearing, the Republicans are shut out too.”
Alas, Quid Pro Quo, scratch that. Bribery, scratch that, now witness tampering. What will the next bombshell be? ” Trump takes shoes off under desk in oval while speaking to Putin !”
If the best headline out of an impeachment inquiry hearing is she has breasts and an uterus and bad man tweets … Gladiators are feeling victorious.