Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
In a vote of 57 to 43 the Senate voted to acquit President Trump of charges that he incited a crowd to storm the capitol on January 6th, 2021.
In order to convict him, Senate Democrats knew that they would need a 2/3 super-majority (a totally of 67 votes). It was clear from the get-go that they would not have those numbers. And yet, they plowed forward, hoping to convince more Republicans to join them as they shared their side of the story. That did not happen.
In response to the trial process, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) had this to say:
“The House Impeachment Managers launched an unconstitutional show trial to humiliate the former President and his supporters. The Impeachment Managers have accomplished nothing but to extend the pain of the American people. They achieved one thing—Donald J. Trump’s acquittal.”
She joined 42 other Republicans in voting to acquit.
Twice, the Democrats have put our already-fractured country through this ridiculous process. Twice they have failed. (Is it irrational for me to think they’ll come up with some post-Oval Office conduct to try Trump on, as well?)
If you listened to the defense team present their case yesterday, you heard a solid breakdown of all the reasons why Trump couldn’t possibly be blamed for the so-called insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The defense claimed:
- Trump’s speech called for protestors to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard, not “storm the Capitol.”
- Trump has a long-standing history of calling for “law and order,” not rioting or mayhem.
- Trump’s speech (regardless of content) was protected under the 1st Amendment. (Part of the crux of this argument was the fact that elected officials carry an even greater 1st Amendment protection.)
- The plot to storm the Capitol actually took place days or weeks in advance, (and there is documentation to prove it).
- The “questionable” phrases in Trump’s speech (mostly about “fighting”) have been used by every Senator at some point and are normal phrases used by politicians.
- Trump responded quickly on Twitter, calling for calm and order.
- The entire impeachment trial process was unconstitutional, since Trump is no longer the President
The defense also countered the Democrats’ carefully edited videos with several videos of their own, including lengthy portions of Trump’s speech, which put the Democrats’ accusation in the correct context and proved them completely false.
Still, in spite of a solid defense, a handful of Republicans voted against President Trump. Here are the seven who should probably stop wearing their red vests and don the blue:
- Richard Burr (N.C.)
Bill Cassidy (La)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Mitt Romney (Utah)
Ben Sasse (Neb)
Pat Toomey (Pa)
And even though he believed the whole process to be completely unconstitutional, Senator Burr (R-N. Carolina) voted to impeach Trump. Here is his statement:
“When this process started, I believed that it was unconstitutional to impeach a president who was no longer in office. I still believe that to be the case. However, the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority in the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent.”
This should show you just how crazy things are, my friends. It’s unconstitutional. . .but we’re going to do it anyway, based on “precedent.”
The problem with “precedent” is that it’s not a fixed mark. It’s an ever-changing one. And that, (at least in my humble opinion), is very, very dangerous. If the mark keeps moving, the rules keep changing, and if the rules keep changing, what’s the point of the Constitution. . .at all?
Precedent issues aside, I’m very relieved this mess is behind us. I’d be curious to see a tally of the costs. How many millions were spent to pull off this senseless charade? If the Democrats stay in power for long I’ll have to take on a second job just to pay for their nonsensical impeachments.