(UnitedVoice.com) – The Founding Fathers meant impeachment to be seldomly used and only as a last resort. Yet Democrats, under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have wielded the punitive tool once again. The Democrat’s two impeachments of Donald Trump represent half of all impeachments in US history, and it’s the first time a president has ever been impeached twice. Only Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were previously impeached.
The latest charge against Trump is “incitement of insurrection.” On the House floor, one Representative rose to express his concerns about fairness, transparency, and hypocrisy.
Rep. Gaetz Sets the Record Straight
Since 2017, Democrats had threatened to impeach President Trump before he even took office. Since that time, some Democrats have called for activists to track down Trump supporters and administration officials and harass them. Some of the president’s supporters were called racists, among other inflammatory pejoratives. Some lawmakers were threatened for being conservative Republicans.
In his one-minute speech, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) didn’t hold back. Speaking of incitement or insurrection, Gaetz said the Left “incited far more political violence than the Right.” Over the summer, Democratic governors and members of Congress participated in and encouraged riots over social justice. They justified it. Pelosi even questioned why there weren’t more riots.
Gaetz said Democrats cheered, encouraged and raised money off the riots. According to the Congressman, although the left claims the president ‘lit the flame,’ Gaetz claimed of the Democrats, “Well, they lit actual flames, actual fires.”
His statement led to both boos and cheers.
It’s hard to argue against Gaetz. Once again, hypocrisy was on full display. It’s okay to riot and destroy things so long as it’s only ordinary people who are threatened or hurt by it. It’s also okay to support rioters so long as they are rioters whom Democrats see as furthering worthy causes.
On Wednesday evening, President Trump said in a video that rioting and destruction are unacceptable. He added, “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
Constitutional Questions Regarding Impeachment
Some Constitutional law professors expressed deep concern about the impeachment of the president by the House on Wednesday, January 13. Long-respected George Washington professor Jonathan Turley was among the most outspoken. Turley labeled it a “snap” impeachment that violates the heart of its purpose.
There are no specified steps in the US Constitution, but a traditional process was designed to be fair. By stripping the process to allow for only one minute of debate per member over a single day, the rush to judgment could present significant problems to Constitutional norms and laws, as well as the courts.
The question at the matter’s heart is, can or should a president be removed for others’ actions independent of what a president says?
Stay tuned, what happens next is undetermined with less than a week to go until the inauguration.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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