The House of Representatives slapped President Donald Trump with a lifetime rebuke by producing an article of impeachment for the second time in his presidency. Then they acted on it by making Trump the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. It’s only fitting that Trump would end his presidency in such a humiliating fashion.
Just a week after mostly white extremists besieged the U.S. Capitol, members of the House of Representatives used the power and authority of the legislative branch in making their voices heard about why they levied a charge of “high crimes and misdemeanors” against Trump for his part in the mob insurrection on Jan. 6 that directly left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol police officer who was mortally wounded.
“Today, I voted to impeach Donald J. Trump – the worst and most dangerous president in the history of the United States of America. Today, he became the first president in our history to be impeached, not once – but twice,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters said. “From the very beginning of Donald Trump’s siege of our government and our democracy, I knew the danger he posed, and I knew that he was willing to do absolutely anything to stay in power.
“He came down the escalator at Trump Tower with a purpose, not to better our country or make it great, but to further his own interests and put them ahead of the interests of our country,” Waters continued. “From day one, it was clear that Donald J. Trump had no regard for the Constitution and was willing to trample all over it. The President of the United States took an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution’. It is an oath required by Article Two, Section One. Yet, it is an oath that he never took seriously and violated once again when he incited an insurrection at the United States Capitol.”
The seizure of the U.S. Capitol was a blanket failure on the part of law enforcement across the board and left the United States embarrassed by the domestic terrorism takedown as members of Congress were set to try to certify the votes of the electoral college that would officially make Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States. Guns were drawn. People were shot. Officers were ambushed and overrun.
Bombs were located. Members of Congress huddled in fear as the insurrectionists made their way through the U.S.Capitol as if they were going on a sightseeing tour. A nation was clearly in crisis. And yet, Trump did nothing to quell the violence. It was his failure of leadership during this taut moment in American history that members of the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to hold Trump responsible for what took place.
In the “incitement of insurrection” resolution, the House of Representatives outlined that “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
“History will forever remember Donald Trump as the twice-impeached President who led one of the most cruel and corrupt administrations in American history,” Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. “Following today’s vote, the House must undertake immediate, comprehensive and transparent investigations into the harrowing white supremacist attacks that took place on January 6 to understand how these violent extremists were able to breach our Capitol, the help they may have had from the inside, and what must be done to ensure an attack like this can never happen again.”
Law enforcement is already at work to make sure nothing like what happened on Jan. 6 comes close to happening again. The National Guard released a statement that said they will have a huge presence in the nation’s capital now and up until the inauguration on Jan. 20, with thousands of guardsmen on location.
“Right now [Jan. 11], we have approximately 6,200 National Guard soldiers and airmen from six states and the District of Columbia on the ground in the NCR supporting civilian authorities.” Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. “We have received support requests from the Secret Service, Capitol Police, and Park Police, and have been authorized to provide up to 15,000 Guard members to meet current and future inauguration support requirements.”
That number has been reported to be numbering around 20,000 National Guard members in Washington, D.C. That’s a far cry than what was present during the time the Capitol Building was stormed and taken over. As for Trump, this isn’t his first rodeo. He originally was brought up on impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by the House of Representatives.
But while the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump, the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, gave No. 45 a reprieve. Since getting spared getting a total boot from office, Trump has operated as an unleashed tyrant overseeing the American people. He basically quit on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. He has pardoned and commuted criminal sentences of friends, families and cronies. He invited the Russians into the White House.
Trump’s value of entitlement of the presidency gave way to a sense of arrogance and reproach. As a result, Trump now finds himself in rarified air as the worst president in American history. Trump can only look in the mirror and blame himself for his majestic collapse into infamy. He got there because Trump likes everything big. He boasts with unyielding bravado. He has little or no mercy for his enemies.
That table has now turned on Trump. For a guy who likes to win, Trump has turned into the ultimate loser. He has been impeached more times (twice) than he has the number of terms (1) in office. He has lost the popular vote for the presidency twice, first against Hilary Clinton in 2016, and then again in 2020 against Biden. Trump is the sole cause of why the Republican Party has lost the majority in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House.
For the 45th president of the United States, it’s always has been to go big or bust. For four years, Trump has acted and waltzed around like a demigod. Not so much now after he was impeached for the second time. The riotous mob doing damage at the Capitol Building was perhaps the final unceremonious undoing of Trump’s legacy as president.
“Last week, attackers incited by President Trump and his enablers in Congress wounded dozens of Capitol Police officers and killed one while trying to overturn our democracy and to kill or capture the Vice President and other elected representatives,” said Florida Congresswoman Val Demings (10th District). “They failed. But the fact that the president and others incited this mob to a violent attempt to overturn our democracy cannot be forgotten nor forgiven.”
Biden (81, 283,485), who beat Trump (74,223,744) in the popular vote by hauling in more than six million more ballots than the Republican president, said there was a price to pay for the insurrection that egged on by Trump and carried out by his supporters. Impeachment was that price for Trump.
“Last week, we saw an unprecedented assault on our democracy,” Biden said. “It was unlike anything we have witnessed in the 244-year history of our nation. A violent attack on the United States Capitol itself. On the people’s representatives. On police officers who every day risk their lives to protect them. And on fellow citizens who serve as public servants in that Citadel of Liberty. Windows and doors were destroyed. Offices ransacked. A Capitol Hill police officer was murdered. Another lost his life a few days later. Four other people died in the senseless mayhem of that day.
“This criminal attack was planned and coordinated,” Biden continued. “It was carried out by political extremists and domestic terrorists, who were incited to this violence by President Trump. It was an armed insurrection against the United States of America. And those responsible must be held accountable. Today, the members of the House of Representatives exercised the power granted to them under our Constitution and voted to impeach and hold the president accountable. It was a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience.”