This impeachment trial of Donald Trump should be a solemn event, neither a “D” or an “R”. Instead, this impeachment is about whether Americans have three co-equal branches of government or a dictatorship led by one authoritarian individual. This trial is for the very life of the nation.
Impeachment has happened only once in a generation now with the last impeachment of President William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton occurred in 1998 and President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Contrary to some beliefs, President Richard Nixon was not impeached. As the evidence accumulated, the people around him told him he would indeed be impeached, so he chose to resign in 1974.
So, it was in this vein that MSNBC’s evening show All In’s host Chris Hayes spoke out according to The Huffington Post:
‘Most of those people have other jobs they have to take leave from. If the trial goes for a long time, often they don’t collect their paycheck from that and are given a meager amount of money relative to what some of those people might make. These peoples’ jobs is to do this. This is literally their job. If you find it too annoying or frustrating or uncomfortable to sit for eight hours and listen, you can resign tomorrow and go get another job!’
Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted Thursday morning:
‘If you don’t want to do your job Senators, then you should quit.’
The 43-year-old is a member of “the Squad” and a strong proponent of impeaching 45. She has prepared some media pieces urging others to guide him down that pathway.
Tlaib has been an advocate to impeach Trump. The first-year-representative made impeaching Trump the cornerstone of her first term in office. At a Netroots Nation-sponsored liberal conference she told an audience, The Washington Examiner reported:
‘[I am] going to impeach the motherf—er.’
Then, she added a video showing her with her aides headed to vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump. The House impeaches. The Senate holds the trial.
Congressional reporter Michael McAuliff reported that 20 Republican senators took off during the House Intelligence Chair’s presentation. He has been the Trump impeachment trial lead, but in spite of the empty chairs, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA). gave a brilliant opening speech. People also pointed toward the empty seats of two MIA Democratic senators.
Some gave the legislators a pass, saying they thought the missing Republicans were taking bathroom breaks. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) blew that excuse wide open. The Huffington Post wrote:
‘They want it to end. They want to move on, get it done, without witnesses and documents, taking cues from the White House, shut it down and get beyond.’
The Republican side of the Senate was filled with those who wanted a fast dismissal. The Democrats in their opening statement called for the trial to be over but after the evidence proved Trump should be ousted, and the Senate voted the president out of office.
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