The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump, making him the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives Wednesday made history by voting 232-197 to impeach President Trump for the second time, charging Trump with a single article of impeachment of “incitement of insurrection.” Trump has just one week left in office, though the supporters of the impeachment push say Trump is too dangerous to stay in office a minute longer. Some 13 months ago, all House Republicans voted against the president’s first impeachment, but this time Democrats had some GOP support (NPR).
Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, backed impeachment because she said the violent attack at the Capitol could not have happened without Trump. “The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” said Cheney, who is from Wyoming. “Everything that followed was his doing.” Joining Cheney in support of impeachment were GOP Reps. Dan Newhouse, Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Anthony Gonzalez, Tom Rice, David Valadao, and Peter Meijer.
Most Republicans, however, voted against the rushed impeachment because Trump is already exiting office and the political action would do more harm than good in uniting America. Some Trump supporters in the House also believe Trump is not responsible for the violent actions of his supporters since the president specifically didn’t call for violence. “If we impeached every politician who gave a fiery speech to a crowd of partisans, this Capitol would be deserted,” Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. said. “That’s what the president did. That is all he did.”
Republicans point to Trump’s speech at the Stop the Steal rally where he said: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” McClintock accused Democrats of making provocative speeches this summer in support of Black Lives Matter protests that precipitated violence and looting in the name of racial injustice. He said Democrats should be prepared for consequences the next time when the “lunatic fringe” of their party acts out. “I cannot think of a more petty, vindictive and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated president a week before he is to leave office,” McClintock said (FOX).
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