By now, it’s apparent that right-wing media outlets are taking a “Gish Gallop” approach of overloading their audiences with a flood of factually dubious arguments to defend Donald Trump through his impeachment inquiry, and that’s made for an exhausting and confusing couple of months. Conservative commentators have staked out virtually every imaginable position on Trump’s Ukraine scandal -- provided those positions all conclude that Trump didn’t do anything wrong, of course.
For instance, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy might say, “If the president said, I will give you the money but you have got to investigate Joe Biden, that is really off-the-rails wrong,” and the very next day instead offer that “no president in American history has been better prepared for an impeachment inquiry than Donald Trump."
The goal of Trump defenders, as has been a running theme throughout the Trump presidency, is to rig arguments in his favor. As one defense falls, another takes its place. If Trump is accused of something, his defenders will call it “fake news.” Once enough evidence mounts to make the “fake news” argument seem silly, his defenders will seamlessly pivot to claims that it’s actually fine that the accusation was true.
Their defenses don’t always make sense. They’re often not even grounded in fact, and they don’t even need to be in order to be successful. But it’s helpful to understand what those defenses are. Below is a collection of arguments made in Trump’s defense since September 19, five days before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry: