Not that there was ever any doubt about it, but Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stabbed President Trump and his 74 million voters in the back. I know, right? Surprise!
The only thing actually surprising about it is that McConnell waited so long to do it. It’s been two weeks since the Great Capitol Kerfuffle of 2020. McConnell has now declared that the event was an “insurrection,” and he blames Donald Trump and other “powerful people” for it. It appears as if McConnell is signaling that he will vote to impeach citizen Donald Trump after he leaves office.
First off… an “insurrection?” Mitch, please.
The American middle class is patient, kind, generous, longsuffering, slow to anger and slow to resort to violence. We’ll put up with a lot of guff for a long time, even from tyrants. That’s not because we are weak or because we are unwilling to use violence. We’re just giving you plenty of opportunity to repent.
When the American middle class does finally decide to put an end to the chain of abuses being heaped upon us by our illegitimate ruling class, we will simply do it. Many tyrants have discovered this the hard way in the past. When we decide that we’ve had enough, we will put an end to the tyranny with the sort of cold efficiency and total finality that always amazes our enemies. The tyrant wakes up one morning thinking he’s on top of the world, and by the end of the day he’s in his bunker trying to decide which is the better option: Drinking poison, or sticking his Luger in his mouth?
The Great Capitol Kerfuffle was definitely not an insurrection. It was the equivalent of a frat house panty raid. When a real insurrection happens, there won’t be anyone participating in it who is dressed in a Chewbacca bikini or a Captain America costume.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has now confirmed what we suspected all along. After the Senate votes to impeach citizen Trump, they will hold a second vote to bar him from ever holding public office again (if he is convicted in the first vote).
This would be another unprecedented breaking of norms, traditions and the rule of law just to “get Trump.” Impeachment is a specific constitutional tool to remove a sitting officeholder. If the Senate can impeach citizen Donald Trump and vote to bar him from holding office, they could do that to anyone.
Suppose that the 2024 election season is upon us, and someone like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has captured the GOP nomination. It looks like DeSantis is headed toward a landslide victory, with the unpopular incumbent Democrat Kamala Harris polling at approximately 0.01%. What’s to prevent a Democrat-controlled Senate from impeaching Ron DeSantis on some made-up charge, and then voting to bar him from holding office?
Nothing at all, if this banana republic standard is set by impeaching citizen Donald Trump after he leaves office.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is supposed to preside over any impeachment trial that takes place in the Senate. But there are reports that John Roberts doesn’t want to run yet another fake impeachment against Donald Trump. If Roberts refuses to participate, what would the Senate do in that case? Will McConnell and Schumer hold a trial anyway, violating another black-letter precept from the Constitution?
Meanwhile, the other Senator from Kentucky (the good one) has come out firmly against holding a second fake impeachment trial. Rand Paul, who typically has a pretty good head on his shoulders, says that if Senate Republicans go along with impeachment, the GOP could lose 30 percent of its voters permanently. They’d walk away from the process in disgust, and never vote in another election. That seems about right.
For all the talk about healing and unity that the DC uniparty has been spewing, they sure do seem eager to make the lynching of Donald Trump and his supporters a key cornerstone of that project. If the elites think that Americans were angry when they pulled off the Great Capitol Kerfuffle, just wait and see what happens if McConnell and Schumer do carry out this impeachment.