We have come a full 180 degrees since Barack Obama first called for civility after a gunman killed six in Tuscon, Ariz. The Left, which at the time blamed the shooting on conservative rhetoric, has since given rise to Antifa and has embraced the violence they claim to deplore.
It is hardly a surprise, therefore, that Jonathan Turley, the George Washington University law professor, who testified as an expert witness at the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings on Tuesday, is receiving death threats.
In an op-ed for The Hill on Thursday, Turley reported:
Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from George Washington University for arguing that, while a case for impeachment can be made, it has not been made on this record.
As Howard Portnoy noted on Wednesday, Turley prefaced his opening remarks with this disclaimer:
I would like to start, perhaps incongruously, with a statement of three irrelevant facts. First, I am not a supporter of President Trump. I voted against him in 2016 and I have previously voted for Presidents Clinton and Obama. Second, I have been highly critical of President Trump, his policies, and his rhetoric, in dozens of columns. Third, I have repeatedly criticized his raising of the investigation of the Hunter Biden matter with the Ukrainian president.
In spite of all this, he is being treated by liberals as an enemy of the state because he refused to fall into line with the other witnesses, who insist the president committed impeachable offenses despite their inability to cite a single material fact in evidence when challenged to do so by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.
To quote an unlikely source — Rep. Adam Schiff at the close of the Intel Committee’s hearings — we are better than this.