Donald Trump is already the first president in US history to face two impeachment trials. In this way, he surpasses the only two leaders – Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 – who accompanied him in the pantheon of history for having been formally accused of crimes so serious that they merited removal from office. In his case, “inciting insurrection”, an accusation that for most of the deputies deserves to intervene a week after his term ends. “You have to go,” congressional spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi stated emphatically. It’s too dangerous.
If in the first ‘impeachment’ by the Russian plot that the House of Representatives voted in December 2019, no Republican legislator joined the Democrats, after feeling the danger firsthand last week, ten of his co-religionists voted in favor of passing him bill with all the democrats and independents until leaving the result in 232 to 197 in favor of his ‘impeachment’.
«The president of the United States summoned the mass, organized it and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his product ”, accused the conservative deputy Liz Cheney, who for having supported him during his term and being the daughter of the sinister vice president of George W. Bush had an enormous moral weight when leading the schism. “There has never been a greater betrayal of a US president and the oath he has taken to defend the Constitution.”
- Change of speech.
The president finally disassociates himself from the protesters and asks that there be no violence or vandalism
Still, about 200 preferred to let their role in the Three Kings Day insurrection run, an act that the congressional spokeswoman called “domestic terrorism.” Trump had achieved his purpose: to terrorize would-be disloyal politicians with a show of force that makes him even more powerful than he was.
“What are you afraid of?” Asked Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington State. “Our enemy here is not the president or his followers, but fear, which not only incites violence and fire, but also leads us to silence and inaction.”
It was not just the fear that the power of Trumpism would cost them their position in the next elections. Under the cover of ‘off the record’, many legislators had confessed to being terrified at the possibility that Trump’s hosts would turn against them and threaten their lives or that of their families. And everyone could imagine with a shudder what would happen to them if this Wednesday they voted in favor of a second ‘impeachment’, a risk that they considered unnecessary as he only had one week in office. In fact, the FBI has warned that far-right militias plan serious acts of violence if they are stopped before the 20th.
“I am afraid of what they say about me, but I am more afraid that my children grow up in a country that is not free,” Herrera insisted. “That’s why I’m not going to base my vote on fear, but on truth.” The truth, one after another assured those who believe it necessary to put a stop to it, is that although Trump was careful to measure his words to the mass that incited to “descend on the Capitol” to “defend the Constitution and democracy,” he could have made a call for calm if he really wanted to stop the violence, but did not.
Some of those who defended him this Wednesday say that they were “patriots” troubled by a colossal electoral fraud that has cost their leader the second term, but no judge, not even those appointed by Trump himself, has given him the reason. And among the fans also stood out those who, like Louisiana legislator Doug Lamalfa, argued that the Democrats “hate him because he is against abortion, in favor of Israel and defends our borders.”
It was the hour of patriotism, which everyone understood in their own way. “The truth will set you free,” replied Republicans who have dared to confront Trump. With his ‘impeachment’ a historical record will remain that will defend the truth of those events for posterity. On the contrary, the most frightened took refuge in the need to respond to this moment with a gesture of unity that calms the spirits, instead of provoking them more.
Trump will not lose office early because the Senate is not in session and its leader Mitch McConnell has already announced that he will not convene it before the 20, but he has also indicated that he could vote in favor of sentencing him when the time comes. Only then will you ensure that you do not return to public office in the future. The Republican Party is already Trump’s Party, but his ‘impeachment’ is the only way left to save his soul and his future.
Trump again condemns violence on Capitol Hill
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, released a new video on Wednesday condemning the acts of violence experienced last week with the seizure of the Capitol, but has not made reference to the decision of the House of Representatives to initiate an impeachment against him for “inciting insurrection” on that day.
I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week, violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and they have no place in our movement, “Trump said in a video from the Oval Office posted on the Twitter account of the White House.
“No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence, no true supporter of mine could disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag,” he said.
The video was released hours after the White House issued a brief statement by President Trump, in which he called for no acts of vandalism to take place, nor for the law to be violated on the eve and during the close inauguration of the President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
Biden is not afraid
Four years ago Donald Trump began his presidency by forcing his first White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, to publicly defend that his inauguration had been the most crowded in history, with crowds “much larger” than Barack Obama’s. On the contrary, his successor Joe Biden wants his to be the least crowded of all, such is the fear that last week’s riots will be repeated.
For this, the Airb & b portal has canceled all existing reservations in the Washington DC area. Some hotels have stopped offering rooms. Airlines have banned unruly passengers they know from last week for 14 days. The National Committee of the Democratic Party has asked its followers not to attend. Even the governor of Virginia, whose state is part of the metropolitan area of the capital, has asked his followers not to cross the Potomac River that day. Most will settle for watching the ceremony on television on a broadcast that will be piloted by actor Tom Hanks and will feature performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato.
Biden is not afraid. Or so he says. The risk is not only of an insurrection, according to the FBI, which has warned of violent demonstrations in all 50 states, but of an assassination attempt that could take place on the very steps of the Capitol where he will be sworn in, to the unrest of those who plead with him. to do it inside. “There are certain traditions that we really want to uphold,” dismissed Maju Varghese, executive director of the inauguration events. Some 20,000 members of the National Guard are already deployed in Washington. The images of this contingent sleeping in the corridors of Congress became viral on social networks this Wednesday.
Donald Trump will not be there, nor will he receive the new president sooner to show him his new house, which he already knows well. There will be no mass parties in the hotels and even the first dance will be virtual. But maintaining the traditional parade through the streets of Washington shakes locals and strangers. Obama’s squire and the first black vice president will risk their lives before setting foot in the White House.