In a vote this afternoon 10 Republicans joined 222 House Democrats in impeaching Donald J Trump for a second time, the only President in American history to hold that dishonor.
The debate this afternoon was somewhat sickening in the excuses for Trump’s incitement of the Capitol riots.
The Republican Party drank ALL THE KOOL-AID & were tap dancing as fast as they could to excuse Trump of ANYTHING. They were SO afraid of his followers (who BTW almost lynched them all last week in the very room where they are standing, which is why their guy is being impeached) that they invented a new kind of obfuscation every 60 seconds.
Republican Ben Cline, Virginia said,
“The legal standard to incite violence has not been met.”
5 deaths and 2 suicides, I guess is not enough to qualify this as serious. But nothing ever is when it comes to Trump.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said,
“I have not made a decision on how I will vote.”
However McConnell has said that he will NOT bring the vote to the Senate floor, which does not leave the President open to removal from office. So it looks like he will get to serve out his term.
The sole article of impeachment that passed Wednesday afternoon charged Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors is simple in its clarity explaining why this impeachment was partisan ritual in the waning days of the most aberrant presidency in history.
“Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”
The vote took place in the same chamber that lawmakers fled for their lives a week ago from an invading mob seeking to harm or kill Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and to disrupt the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
The events of these first weeks of 2021 will take their place alongside other major milestones in American history; the Declaration of Independence, the abolition of slavery, Pearl Harbor, the Moon Landing and the Kennedy Assassination.