Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

    With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol after the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against the election results.

    Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a “clear and present danger” if Congress should leave him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20.

    Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached. It was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in modern times, more so than against Bill Clinton in 1998.

    The Capitol insurrection stunned and angered lawmakers, who were sent scrambling for safety as the mob descended, and it revealed the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power. The riot also forced a reckoning among some Republicans, who have stood by Trump throughout his presidency and largely allowed him to spread false attacks against the integrity of the 2020 election.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign “and domestic.”

    She said of Trump: “He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

    Holed up at the White House, watching the proceedings on TV, Trump took no responsibility for the bloody riot seen around the world, but issued a statement urging “NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind” to disrupt Biden’s ascension to the White House.

    In the face of the accusations against him and with the FBI warning of more violence, Trump said, “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.”

    Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 acquit. He is the first to be impeached twice. None has been convicted by the Senate, but Republicans said Wednesday that could change in the rapidly shifting political environment as officeholders, donors, big business and others peel away from the defeated president.

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  2. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    And still 200 Republicans refused to impeach him. You have to ask... What the hell would it take for them to stop sucking up to this maniac? I'd have to say there is nothing Trump could do that they would find a step too far. THAT is why healing will never begin. They are too far gone already.
  3. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

  4. Recusant

    Recusant Member

    I know you know, and were using political shorthand, but it bears repeating that it's not Trump they're thinking of. It's Trump supporters, who even now make up the vast majority of Republican voters.

    These Republican politicians are thinking of their own political futures rather than the health of democracy in the United States. As if it would ever be otherwise. This is a party that has for many years openly worked to suppress the exercise of voting rights, and more recently has amplified and chimed in with President Trump's blatant, pernicious lies about the election. It appears to me that contempt for the democratic process has taken firm root in the Republican Party.
  5. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    and death threats from trumptards

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