Responding to a question from Republican Senators, Eric Herschmann, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, pushed back against House managers’ claims that the president poses a threat to the nation and the American people. Herschmann said Trump’s approval rating is at an all-time high, and Americans are the happiest they’ve been with the state of the country in 15 years. “We trust the American people to decide who should be our president,” said Herschmann, adding that the Democrats only view Trump as an immediate threat to them and their candidates. Herschmann then listed a number of other accomplishments by the Trump administration including on trade and the economy. If those accomplishments are “solely for Trump’s political gain, Herschman said, he should “keep doing it.”
The question from Senator Braun and Barrasso for Counsel for the President:
The House Managers have said the country must be saved from this President and he does not have the best interest of the American people and their families in mind. Do you wish to respond to that claim?
Mr. Chief Justice, members of the Senate,
While the House Managers are coming before you in accusing the president of doing things in their words ‘solely for personal and political gain’, and claiming that he’s not doing things in the best interest of American people, the American people are telling you just the opposite. The president’s approval rating, while we are sitting here in the middle of these impeachment proceedings, have hit an all-time high. A recent poll shows that the American people are the happiest they’ve been with the direction of the country in 15 years. Whether it’s the economy, security, military preparedness, safer streets, or safer neighborhoods, they are all way up. We the American people are happier, and yet the house managers tell you that the president needs to be removed because he’s an immediate threat to our country. Listen to the words that they just said, ‘we, we the American people, cannot decide who should be our president because,’ as they tell us, and these are their words, quote we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.
Do you really, really believe that? Do you really think so little of the American people? We don’t, we trust the American people to decide who should be our president. Candidly, it’s crazy to think otherwise. So what’s really going on? What’s really going on is that he’s a threat to them, and he’s an immediate legitimate threat to them, and he’s an immediate legitimate threat to their candidates, because the election is only 8 months away.
Let’s talk about some of the things the President has done. We’ve replace NAFTA with the historic MCA. We’ve killed the terrorists Al-baghdadi and Solimani. We’ve secured 7.38 billion dollars to rebuild the military. There’s been more than 7 million jobs created since the election. Illegal border crossings are down 78% since May and a hundred miles of the wall have been built. The unemployment rate is the lowest in 50 years. More Americans, nearly a hundred and sixty million, are employed than ever before. The African American unemployment, Hispanic American unemployment, the Asian American unemployment, has the lowest rate ever recorded. Women’s unemployment recently hit the lowest rate in more than 65 years. Every U.S. metropolitan area saw per capita growth in 2018. Real wages have gone up by 8% for the low-income workers. Real median household income is now the highest level ever recorded. 40 million fewer people live in households receiving government assistance. We signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. Since then over 1 trillion dollars has poured back into the U.S.. 650,000 single mothers have been lifted out of poverty. We secure the largest-ever increase for childcare funding helping more than 800,000 low-income families access high quality affordable care. We passed, as manager Jeffries will recall, bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform. Prescription drugs have seen the largest price decrease in over half-a-century. Drug overdose deaths fell Nationwide in 2018 for the first time in nearly 30 years. A Gallup poll from just three days ago says President Trump’s upbeat view of the nation’s economy, military strength, economic opportunity, and overall quality of life, will likely resonate with Americans when he delivers the State of the Union Address to Congress next week. If all that is soley, soley, and their words, for his personal and political game, and not in the best interest of the American people, then I say God bless him. Keep doing it! Keep doing it! Keep doing it!
Maybe if the House Managers stop opposing him, and harassing him, and harassing everyone associated with him with the constant letters and the constant investigations, maybe we can even get more done. Let’s try something different now. Join us, join us, one nation, one nation, one people. Enough is enough. Stop all of this.