By Dr. Tom Borelli originally posted at ConservativeReview.com
The radicalization of Democrats is tied to the influence of left-wing extremist organizations that are creating a toxic political environment. Instead of seeking comprise with President Trump on issues important to Americans, such as border security, Democrats are bowing to the demands of left-wing activists on anything at all connected to the president.
The effort by Democrats to seize President Trump’s past tax and business records is directly tied to the work of left-wing activists. In January, three left-wing activist groups pushed House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., to get President Trump’s tax records from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to The Hill, groups Tax March, Stand Up America, and Indivisible sent a letter urging Neal to take action and included language Neal could use to request the president’s tax returns.
Apparently, Neal was moving too slow for the activist groups, so they targeted Democrat members of the Ways and Means Committee in March to urge them to get the chairman to request President Trump’s tax returns from the IRS.
Finally, Neal yielded to the pressure, and on April 3, he requested the past six years of the president’s personal and business tax returns. Neal’s request leverages unique power granted to the Ways and Means Committee to request tax documents from individuals.
Democrats’ response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential election correlates with demands from left-wing activists.
Stand Up America, a progressive activist group formed after the 2016 election, centers its efforts to fight President Trump “on exposing Trump’s criminal enterprise and standing up to his administration’s corruption.” Stand Up America is demanding that Congress investigate President Trump for “profiting from the presidency and hiding his financial entanglements with foreign governments, including Russia.”
The organization was ready to launch nationwide protests if President Trump fired Mueller but recently shifted gears to demand the release of the entire Mueller report. Joining with other activist groups, Stand Up America participated in a “National Day of Action” because Attorney General William Barr failed to release the full report to Congress.
The website TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org was used to organize the protest, and its plan for congressional action includes hearings to investigate “the Russia scandals and Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of justice.”
House Democrats’ actions correlate with the activists demands. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., is demanding an unredacted version of the Mueller report and is willing to go to court to get it. Nadler is also using the power of his committee to initiate an investigation of President Trump that focuses on three areas: obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuse of power.
Nadler launched his investigation by requesting documents from 81 individuals and organizations.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is ignoring Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report and promises to conduct a counterintelligence investigation involving Russia and the Trump 2016 campaign.
Schiff is also planning to investigate whether financial interests of President Trump are influencing his decisions — one of the issues highlighted by Stand Up America.
Going further, left-wing activists are targeting current and former administration officials. In a clear attempt to punish those willing to work for President Trump, the website “Trump Administration Separation” was set up by Restore Public Trust.
The website incorporates an open letter to American CEOs urging them “not to hire for employment, contract for consulting, or seat on their boards” individuals involved in “the Trump administration’s family separation policy.”
The website lists the names and news summaries of the roles in immigration policy of almost thirty individuals from the White House and various government agencies. The letter to CEOs closes with a threatening sentence, “We will be watching,” and was signed by about forty groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is parroting the idea of punishing individuals associated with the Trump administration. On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez commented on a New York Times commentary urging that former Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen be denied employment because of her association with former administration officials.
Referring to Nielsen, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Awarding her a lucrative deal or prestigious post is to legitimize+celebrate that abuse.”
With such a high degree of hostility, Democrats are reluctant to make any compromise regarding border security out of fear of left-wing activist backlash. Today’s Democrats are not leaders but puppets that dance on the string pulled by extremist activists.
Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.