It was just Democrats against the world on Wednesday as they finally clinched their malicious prize, making Donald Trump the third American president to be impeached.
They lost three defectors, but secured enough votes along party lines to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. These are not impeachable offences, based on standards outlined in the Constitution, no matter the spin.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) voted against both articles of impeachment. Rep. Jared Golden, D-ME) voted in favor of impeaching Trump on abuse of power, but not on obstruction of Congress.
They also lost the support of more than half the country, based on impeachment day polls. Zogby Analytics polling showed a majority of the country and independent voters did not support impeaching and removing the president from office. His approval rating shot up 6% in a survey released by Gallup.
The Trump campaign also raised $5 million on impeachment day according to campaign manager Brad Parscale. “Incredible fundraising numbers!” Parscale tweeted. “[Trump] has raised over [$5 million] (still growing) today as Americans use their wallet to show support against [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi’s impeachment hoax!”
The Republican National Committee (RNC) also released fundraising numbers Wednesday, showing they hauled in an eye-popping $20.6 million during the month of November alone.
Democrats are still out for blood, so what could their next move be? Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe gave them a brilliant idea in a December 15th tweet. House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) should threaten that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected his ‘reasonable ground rules’ and pushed forward with a quick dismissal of the charges, the House should consider treating that as a breach of the Senate’s oath. They could withhold the articles until the Senate played their reindeer games.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday night: “We have legislation approved by the Rules Committee that will enable us to decide how we send over the Articles of Impeachment. We’re not sending it tonight because it’s difficult to determine who the managers would be until we see the arena of which we will be participating.”
“Looks like the prosecutors are getting cold feet,” McConnell scoffed Thursday as he slammed Democrats for their impeachment clown show.
He called it “the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history” compared to those of other presidents. He argued the White House stonewalling of the House was a “routine occurrence” between the executive and legislative branches and chastised Democrats for crossing the impeachment ‘rubicon’ because they “disagree with a presidential act.”
“Now, their slapdash process has concluded in the first purely partisan presidential impeachment since the wake of the civil war,” McConnell said.
“This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” he added.
“If the Senate blesses this historically low bar, we will invite the impeachment of every future president,” McConnell noted. He hinted that an acquittal was the only way to remedy the historic abuse of the impeachment provisions in the Constitution.
“It could not be clearer which outcome would serve the stabilizing, institution-preserving, fever-breaking role for which the United States Senate was created and which outcome would betray it. The Senate’s duty is clear. When the time comes, we must fulfill it,” he said.
Trump is not finished making impeachment history, based on what Democrats have been saying in recent weeks.
“My prayer is that the Senate will take the articles seriously, that the President will be found guilty, and he’ll be removed from office, but if he isn’t, the constitution allows for additional articles of impeachment to be filed,” Rep. Al Green (D-TX) told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday.
“If the president commits impeachable offenses, the president can be impeached more than once … so if the Senate doesn’t do its job and the President commits impeachable acts, he can still be impeached, and he can be impeached for impeachable acts that he’s already perpetrated that were not a part of this impeachment,” said Green.
Trump will be the first president to be impeached one gazillion times. If he can be impeached for ‘abuse of power’ and ‘obstruction of Congress then we should expect him to be impeached for tweeting next. The sky is the limit.
Democrats have now fallen down a political mineshaft and impeachment won’t patch up their wounds, many self-inflicted. Maybe they will give the country a few months off before the next impeachment.
Now that Democrats got their Trump binky and they have run out of moving targets, they will STFU (shut their faceholes up) and go get some legislation done.