President Trump just became the first Commander-in-Chief to be impeached twice — and what happens next may decide whether he can ever run for office again.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday on one article of impeachment that was introduced earlier this week — incitement of insurrection — and the motion passed with majority … which included a couple handfuls of Republicans.
The House needed just 217 votes for impeachment, and they greatly exceeded that number. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, John Katko, Fred Upton and Jaime Herrera Beutler were among the Republicans who voted to impeach.
The impeachment vote comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave VP Mike Pence an ultimatum — either remove Trump using the 25th Amendment, or we’ll do it ourselves with another impeachment. Pence refused Pelosi’s proposition, saying it was time to heal and move on.
As such, the House is proceeding — charging 45 with high crimes (again) — and now, the Senate will have to take the matter up among themselves … either voting convict, or acquit. Remember, Trump was cleared of wrongdoing last time … but it might be different now.
Fact is, several Republicans are said to be fed up with Trump at the helm of their party — and the Capitol riot was the last straw. Some have proven to be loyal no matter what — like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley — but others have denounced POTUS, publicly or privately.
There’s even word that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pleased with the prospect of possibly convicting Trump upon impeachment — as he could then extract him from the GOP completely, and maybe even strip Donald of his ability to run for office ever again.
The rule on that is this … if you’re impeached and convicted, you’re removed from office — which is gonna happen anyway in 7 days. But, there’s more as far as punishment — according to Article I, Section 3, Clause 7 of the Constitution … the Senate may then take a subsequent vote on whether to disqualify the impeached official from holding office in the future. That’s a big deal — because reports say Trump’s been mulling a 2024 run.
If Trump had been convicted over the Ukraine thing … he would’ve been ineligible to run again no matter what. But, this situation is interesting, and will prove whether Republicans wanna keep riding the Trump train for years to come — or if they’re ready to ditch him.
Seeing how this proceeding could (and probably would) trickle into Biden‘s term … the odds are against Trump. The Senate just flipped, and now is ran by Democrats — who are probably more keen to punish the guy as harshly as possible than their counterparts.
As for how Trump feels about all this, well … you’ve heard it all before. He’s refused to take responsibility — denying that his words and actions sparked the mob he assembled to storm the Capitol, and actually saying his comments beforehand were wholly “appropriate.”
And, of course, he’s coined the term “witch hunt,” which is in full use again now. The only difference … this latest so-called “witch hunt” seems to be heading for a political burning at the stake soon enough here. And, there doesn’t seem to be much Trump can do to stop it.