By Felecia Pohl
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Some Republicans gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Thursday said they believe Democrats are using the Michael Cohen hearing to derail Donald Trump’s administration and undermine his presidency.
“I think [the Cohen hearing] was a Democrat distraction from President Trump being in one of the most important meetings of his presidency thus far,” a mother of five who called herself Mrs. George attending CPAC Thursday at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor. The 66-year-old Maryland native and business co-owner was referring to Trump’s attendance at the summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which ended abruptly on Thursday with no agreements between the two leaders.
“The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has sunk to a new low,” Mrs. George said. She also said that Cohen’s open hearing on Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — which coincided with the opening of CPAC — revealed a lot about the Democrats and what she considers their manipulation of the media. She said she believes that more people are pro-Trump because of the Democrats’ stance and that “it hasn’t helped their cause at all.”
A college student from Pennsylvania at the conference voiced a similar sentiment. “I think Democrats are just going to keep bringing in people that they think will hurt the president; that’s obviously their goal,” said Jonathan Skee, a 20-year-old student at Grove City College. “They’re probably going to try and go for his tax returns. They’re just going to try and do whatever they can to impeach him.”
Skee said that if Democrats to try to impeach the president, they would not succeed because they don’t control the Senate.
“It’s really pointless to even try that. It will probably politically hurt the Democrats,” he said. “It all depends on how extreme they want to go, so I guess we’ll see.”
Tiffany Roberts, 20, who attends Cleveland State University and is a member of Turning Point USA — the Conservative campus nonprofit group — said she just wants the investigations into Trump and his campaign to be over.
“The media kind of eats it up sometimes,” she said. “It’s always on the news and it’s something for one side to take and the other side to say, ‘This is ridiculous.’ It’s never-ending and it’s driving people crazy.”
Cohen testified Thursday in a closed-door hearing in front of the House Intelligence Committee. He also had appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in a closed-door hearing. He is scheduled to return to Capitol Hill for more testimony before the House Intelligence Committee next Wednesday.
Trump is scheduled to appear at CPAC Saturday morning, the last day of the conference.