Sunday, February 14, 2021

Trump's second impeachment:
three guesses, and the first two don't count

From The Epoch TimesTrump is acquitted again.

Former President Donald Trump was acquitted of an insurrection incitement charge by the Senate on Saturday.

Fifty-seven senators voted to convict Trump. A conviction requires a 67 vote supermajority.

All 43 senators who voted to acquit Trump are Republicans. All Democrats voted to convict him. Seven Republicans joined the Democrats.

“I had concerns with the lack of due process and constitutionality of this trial going in, and I voted twice to say so. But I had a duty as a juror to listen to the arguments of both sides and keep an open mind, which I did,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), who voted to acquit, said in a statement shortly after the vote.

“After hearing the arguments presented, I voted to not convict for a number of reasons, including the fact that I don’t think the Senate has the authority to try a private citizen.”

“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,” added Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), another acquittal vote.

Trump is currently the object of several criminal investigations, mainly related to his phone call to officials in Georgia, which many of Trump's enemies saw as an attempt to illegally influence the election.  Considering the flap over the recent Time Magazine article that basically admitted that there was a massive left-Dem cabal/conspiracy to keep Trump from winning last year, I don't think the left has the moral high ground, here.  Remember the Trump Effect:  attacks on Trump tend, sooner or later, to rebound against the attackers.

Anyway, the impeachment results were a given even before this stupid farce even started.  Nancy Pelosi is reportedly furious about the results of the trial (I suspect her fury is more political theater than sincere emotion; she may be stupid, but she's smart enough to have known how the trial was going to go).  Assuming Trump pulls through the criminal investigations, he will be free and clear to make a triumphant return in 2024.

As I observe the chatter amongst the righties, the consensus seems increasingly to be that work needs to be done at the state and local level as preparation for 2024:  rules about voting, for example, need to be radically changed so that mail-in votes are disallowed, and in-person voting with a valid ID becomes the norm for everyone everywhere.  This might mean that we expats will no longer be able to vote, but we're a tiny fraction of the total US population, so that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.  Can the right make the electoral improvements it wants to make?  There is massive pressure from the left to increase the availability and legitimacy of mail-in voting, which goes alongside the constant pressure of illegal immigration—and, by extension, illegal voting—to keep Democrats firmly in contention.  It's an uphill battle, for sure, and I can only hope that sharp minds are working overtime to implement changes that will restore trust in the voting process.

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