The impeachment saga is finally over. We won’t be hearing about it any more. The verdict has been reached and there is nothing left to say.
Once the final impeachment votes were tallied, Trump immediately took to Twitter with a cryptic meme indicating an endless presidency. He slammed the one Republican, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Ut) who dared vote for his removal.
In what was supposed to be a bipartisan Prayer Breakfast, Trump marched in, holding up newspapers that headlined his acquittal. Then, instead of calling for unity, he once again berated Romney and Senate Democrats for their involvement in the impeachment process, again referring to anyone who opposes him as “enemies”.
He could have stopped there, feeling he had made his point, but this is Donald Trump after all.
So, of course he commanded the press to cover his speech in the East Room of the White House. There, he continued his attack on Romney and Democrats. Speaking before a crowd of adoring staff, Trump entered the room to the sounds of “Hail to the Chief”, again trying to emphasize his legitimacy.
Not to be outdone, Trump’s son, Don Jr., took to the airwaves to demand that Romney be expelled from the Republican party. In his comments, he also made a vulgar reference to the female anatomy (a body part Trump bragged about grabbing).
Remember the Republican outrage at House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) comment that any Republican who voted for conviction would have their “head on a pike”? Seems quite prophetic of Schiff now.
Consider the hypocrisy here, as the White House continues to demand an investigation into the Bidens
Meanwhile, Republicans are defending their votes:
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: “The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did. I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday.”
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: “Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed.”
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio: “I have said consistently for the past four months, since the Zelensky transcript was first released, that I believe that some of the president’s actions in this case — including asking a foreign country to investigate a potential political opponent and the delay of aid to Ukraine — were wrong and inappropriate. But I do not believe that the president’s actions rise to the level of removing a duly-elected president from office and taking him off the ballot in the middle of an election.”
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida: “For me, the question would not just be whether the President’s actions were wrong, but ultimately whether what he did was removable. The two are not the same. Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office.”
Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska: “Lamar speaks for lots and lots of us.”
Susan Collins (R-ME): "I believe that the President has learned from this case" and that Trump "will be much more cautious in the future."
WHERE HAS SHE BEEN FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS???!!!!
In essence, Republicans are admitting that what Trump did was wrong, but either they didn’t deem it to be an impeachable offense, or, more than likely, they feared a Romney-esque attack if they challenged him.
With this decision, Republicans have irreparably damaged the fabric of Democracy. Don’t expect Trump to be chastened in any way. Instead, expect more of the same abuses of power.