Double impeachment a permanent stain, but Trump still gets off lightly

It was demoralising to watch the debate that preceded the final vote, as Republican after Republican rose to say why they were voting against impeachment.

14/01/2021 3:44:00 AM

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It was demoralising to watch the debate that preceded the final vote, as Republican after Republican rose to say why they were voting against impeachment.

His time in the White House is ending in repudiation everywhere he looks. After losing his own bid for re-election, Trump cost Republicans their Senate majority by depressing turnout in last week’s Georgia run-offs with his false claims of election fraud. He has been banned from Twitter and his approval rating has plummeted to all-time lows: a Quinnipiac University poll this week put his favourability at 33 per cent.

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Advertisementhe has now been impeached for the second time- a stain on his record that will never be expunged.Given Democrats hold a majority in the House, there was never any doubt that they would have the numbers to pass their impeachment resolution. The big question was how many Republicans would join them.

In the end 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump, which is 10 more than when he was previously impeached for pressuring the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden.Crossing the floor to vote against Trump took real political courage for these Republicans, many of whom represent districts where Trump remains overwhelmingly popular. They will now likely face death threats and primary challenges for following their conscience. headtopics.com

Trump supporters in the House have already begun mobilising to strip Liz Cheney from her position as the third-most senior Republican in the House as punishment for voting for impeachment.Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the US House of Representatives, is facing blowback from conservatives for voting to impeach Trump.

Credit:APAn optimist would emphasise that this was the most bipartisan impeachment vote in US history. When Democratic president Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1869, no House Democrats voted in favour. When Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, just five Democrats voted against him.

A pessimist would note that - even after a violent mob invaded their own workplace, including some who threatened to hang Vice-President Mike Pence - only five per cent of House Republicans had the fortitude to impeach Trump.Even as he heads out the door - without his Twitter megaphone and showing no remorse - the vast majority of House Republicans stood by him.

It was demoralising to watch the hours of debate that preceded the final vote, as Republican after Republican rose to say why they were voting against impeachment.Some nitpicked about the process, saying that Democrats had bypassed the usual committee hearings process. Others engaged in whataboutism by falsely equating the assault on the Capitol with looting and rioting that broke out during Black Lives Matter protests last year - headtopics.com

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as did Australia's acting prime Minister Michael McCormackearlier this week.Others made mawkish demands for national healing and unity, as if they had not rationalised and excused Trump’s incendiary rhetoric over the past four years. Some deployed a disturbing ends-justify-the-means logic by saying it would be wrong to impeach Trump given he moved the US embassy to Jerusalem and appointed conservatives to the Supreme Court.

LoadingNot one of the more than 100 House Republicans who challenged the election results admitted they were wrong and that Biden was the legitimate president. This is not the sign of a party that will quickly reinvent itself as a responsible, centre-right opposition force.

Because Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has ruled out fast-tracking the trial process, Trump will end his term without suffering the ultimate indignity of being convicted by the Senate and removed from office prematurely.As punishment for inspiring the storming of the Capitol, a second Trump impeachment is better than nothing but not nearly enough.

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KnottMatthew It’s a start: 1. Impeach, twice. ✅ 2. Convict - could happen this time, with senatemajldr support. 3. Disqualify from any future federal office. 4. Prosecute for every crime in the last four years, and before. 5. Jail, for a very long time. KnottMatthew Biden impeachment KnottMatthew Actually the plan is to push to disqualify him from ever holding office again. That would put an end to this whole chapter of US political history.

KnottMatthew Agreed: better than nothing and not nearly enough. No change is likely. A Republican is already rumored to call for impeachment proceedings for Biden on Jan 21. With the paid benefits of an ex-president, American taxpayers are literally paying the price of failed leadership. KnottMatthew The cities burned for more than six months before the election, the SMH didn’t notice.

KnottMatthew KnottMatthew Hi this is SMH and we would like to source our bias to those that didn’t get it previously KnottMatthew