The U.S. Senate voted 57 – 43 yesterday to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Trump now holds the record for impeachments and acquittals. Twice he was impeached by the House of Representatives, and twice he was acquitted by the Senate.
Trump is an impeachment beast
What’s even more impressive with this feat is he only served four years. Imagine how many impeachments and acquittals he could have racked up if he served two terms.
Even though there was substantial evidence that Trump incited his followers to riot at the Capitol, I didn’t think this would end any other way. Say what you will about today’s Republicans. They have each other’s back. This hasn’t always been the case. When former President Richard Nixon found himself in deep legal trouble stemming from his participation in the Watergate scandal, it was Nixon’s fellow Republicans that went to the White House and convinced him to resign.
That would not happen today.
I saw value in impeaching Trump after the riot at the Capitol. I thought it was important to remove him from office before the January 20 inauguration of Joe Biden. We didn’t know what else Trump would do to retain power between the Capitol riot and the inauguration.
It’s time to move on
Convicting Trump now when he has no power and when Joe Biden is President seems like a colossal waste of time. Guess what? It turns out it was a colossal waste of time. Maybe now Congress can concentrate on more important things, like passing President Biden’s stimulus package. Even though Donald Trump is no longer in power, we still have a deadly pandemic plaguing the country.
How about we concentrate on that? To those who say Washington can do more than one thing at a time, you’re wrong. Washington can barely do one thing at a time.
A part of me hoped President Biden would pardon Donald Trump on January 20. It would have sent a clear message we needed to concentrate on the present and the future, not the past.
The longer it takes Biden to get his stimulus package passed, the greater likelihood he will remove or water down parts of the plan to placate Republicans who will never vote for it.
Democrats have control of the Senate by only the slightest of margins. All it would take for the Republicans to take back control is for a Democrat Senator from a Republican-controlled state to suddenly die. The governor would then quickly name a Republican replacement and Republicans would once again control the Senate.
The time to get stuff done is now.