Pence Dithers So Republicans Help Impeach Trump a Second Time Instead
Posted on January 14, 2021
Following yesterday’s historic move by the US House of Representatives seeking Vice President Mike Pence’s invocation of Section 4 of the US Constitution’s 25th Amendment declaring President Donald Trump unfit for office, Pence declined to follow through citing instead, a lack of a “constitutional basis” for such a unique call.
Anticipating this hesitancy and in the shadow of continuing fallout from the unprecedented insurrection at the US Capitol by Trump supporters last week, the House a few hours ago once again made history.
President Trump was impeached for a second time—the first US president so tarnished—and importantly, it occurred with the support of 10 representatives from Trump’s Republican Party, 232 votes to 197.
Signing the impeachment at a quick but solemn ceremony, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said:
Today, in a bipartisan way the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. That Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honor our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God.
Those words, “clear and present danger” are a legal term usually reserved for situations so perilous to the USA, that constitutional rights need to be curtailed. In this case, the right of Donald Trump to serve his last week of office.
This measure now makes its way to the US Senate for a trial to convict Trump of heinous acts pertaining to his incitement of last week’s insurrection, but the point is this.
With just seven days left in his presidency until Joe Biden is sworn in as America’s 46th commander in chief, those 197 House Republicans who did not vote for impeachment, for whatever reason, now face an existential crisis too.
The Republican Party has officially split between those seeking a true conservative agenda and those who saw merit siding with America’s extremist, racist Alt-Right currently identifying themselves as MAGA’s or Trumpists.
Thing is, if they believe that MAGA represents an endless future stream of political donations, they’d better think again.
Big Money Corporate America has finally woken up also, vowing to pull support from Republican coffers, particularly from those who’ve for the past two months comforted Trump in his claims of electoral fraud denying Biden his dignified electoral win.
The most recent of these is billionaire and founder of Home Depot Ken Langone a once ardent Trump admirer, who said on CNBC today that on seeing the coup at the US Capitol unfold:
I feel betrayed … It should never have happened in this country. If it doesn’t break every American’s heart, something is wrong. It breaks my heart, for sure. I didn’t sign up for that.
He’s since vowed that:
I’m going to do everything I can from day one to make sure I do my part to make Joe Biden the most successful president in the history of this country.
Which all goes to show, you might try to steal from your country and succeed, but you can never steal it.
The moral of this story so far reads that politicians in every democracy around the world, had better pay attention, for the era—and error—of Trumpism is over.
America’s emboldened Patriot Movements, Ultra-Nationalists, Conspiracists and Neo-Nazis are going to have to find new benefactors. Oh, one won’t appear too quickly—especially if Ivanka Trump persists in thinking she’ll be the Republican nominee in 2024.
You see, it doesn’t matter how the Senate acts in the weeks and months ahead, the FBI will soon ensure that 2024’s candidate will never be her father.
As weird-story endings go, Trump late today threw his closest confidant under the bus in that regard: according to CNN, all payments to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani are frozen.
The FBI is indeed sniffing around. And they’re going to find a coup d’état.
© 2021 Adam Parker.
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