A Repost From February 2021: With Their Vote To Acquit Donald J. Trump For Insurrection Against The United States Government, Republicans Have Branded Themselves The Party Of Corrupt Anti-Partisanship And Anti-Democratic Ideology. Hiding Behind The “Big Lie” Conspiracy Theory, They Have Sent A Message To Trump That He Can Continue To Spread The Lie That The Election Was Rigged And Stolen And That He Can Incite Mobs To Violently Attack Our Government In Protest Of Him Being Removed From Power.

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After almost ten months of claiming the presidential election was fraudulent and stolen, Donald Trump and his legal team have produced no evidence to prove their claim. Despite the ” big lie” being a “big lie,” Trump continues to convince gullible Americans that phantom vote stealers have taken over U.S elections. The abomination that has persisted since the Republican’s big lie” began is the silent conspiracy by the Republicans in Congress. Worse than the Senate not voting to remove Trump from office during his 2nd impeachment trial is the Republican’s refusal to proclaim the truth that Trump lost the election, and Biden won pretty. Trump is undoubtedly fighting to obstruct Congress’s investigation into the connection he and his cronies may have had in the planning, organizing, or encouraging the worst attack on our democracy since the CIVIL War. The Republicans who voted not to impeach Trump are complicit in the damage he continues to inflict on our democracy, people, and moral standing in the world.

Post From February 2021.

After Trump’s impeachment acquittal by the Senate, Mitch McConnell made clear that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for what happened on Jan. 6th.” He made it clear that “impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice.” He explained impeachment is the Constitution’s provision for holding a president accountable for a high crime or misdemeanor and removing them from office. He went further by clarifying his opinion that Trump was derelict in his duty as president and can still be prosecuted for his behavior before and leading up to the January 6th attack on the Capitol where 5fivepeople were killed, over 100 police officers were injured, Members of Congress narrowly escaped being attacked by Trump’s insurrectionists. In his statement, McConnell was trying to have it both ways politically by implying that Trump is a criminal. Still, the Senate would leave the securing of justice to the Judiciary, not the Legislative branch of government.

To illustrate the hypocrisy of today’s ruling, imagine this scenario and how Republicans would react;

Imagine it’s days before the end of Biden’s presidency, and he and Vice- President Kamala give a speech on the steps of the Capitol, in front of a crowd dressed in militia garb, holding anti- Trump flags, screaming ” stop the acquittal.” Imagine Biden yelling, “you have to march to the Capitol and stop the vote, stop the Senators from letting Trump get away with his treasonist attack on democracy, fight hard not to let those traitorous senators vote to acquit.” It’s hard to imagine Republicans not calling to impeach and remove Biden from office immediately. So McConnell’s vote to acquit Trump was a vote for power, not a vote for democracy. However, in the words of former Senator Claire Macaskill, McConnell gave a “lock him up” speech at the close of the trial.

Republicans are committed to loyalty to Trump and their party at any ctor to retain power. McConnell, a stain on the senate who history will remember as a corrupt opportunist, stood before the Senate today and admitted Trump was guilty of what the article of impeachment accused him of, while also proclaiming the Senate stood up for the Constitution. A large group of bipartisan constitutional legal scholars, including the co-founder of the conservative Federalist Society all, agree that the ” Constitution permits the impeachment, commitment, and disqualification of former officers, including presidents.” McConnell, like Trump, lies unapologetically to Americans to deflect attention away from the wrongs they commit against the rule of law and their break from following the ethical norms of our democracy.

The House Managers proved their case beyond question. Trump told his followers before the election happened that it would be the most rigged election in the history of this country. He said, “the only way we can lose the election is if it is rigged.” After the election, he refused to concede to Joe Biden, and the “stop the steal” movement declaring him the winner began. After the rally, he said he won the election, that it was stolen, and it was their obligation to take their country back. After his loss, Trump’s followers stormed the Michigan State Capitol to protest Michigan voting for Biden. At the time, Trump praised the loyalty of his followers, many of who were also was found to be planning to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Witmer. He was aware from social media postings that many of his supporters involved in the ” stop the steal” movement were white supremacists. These conspiracy theorist groups wrote prone to violence.

The managers also made a case for Trump’s incitement charge while the insurrection was occurring by reporting his tweets of support were being read by the mob on a bullhorn. This fact invalidated Trump’s attorney’s claim that he was unaware of the violence at the Capitol. Additionally, it was confirmed by people present at the White House that Trump was watching the invasion of the Capitol along with the rest of the country. He was also putting out negative tweets about Mike Pence putting him in increased danger from the mob searching for him in the Capitol shouting, ” hang Mike Pence.” Towards the end of the trial, new evidence was entered into the record proving Trump was siding with the mobs’ violent takeover of the Capitol. A statement by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was entered into evidence which confirmed that during the Capitol attack, a call for help to Trump from Rep. Kevin McCarthy was met with the response, ” well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”

The 43 Senators who voted to acquit Trump have secured his hold on the party and branded them as the party of corruption, immorality, the anti- rule of law, and in favor of an autocratic U.S. government over a democratic one. Republican Senators and House members who bravely supported Trump’s impeachment and removal will hopefully continue to fight to restore the integrity of their party’s ideals. By opposing anything remotely aligned with Trump’s autocratic ideology, there is a chance their party can recover from his cancerous assault on the traditional GOP and U.S. democracy.

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