The Impeachment of the House

During the House impeachment vote of Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States, Trump told a rally crowd in Michigan, “It doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached!” Trump was being funny. But what he said is true. Trump didn’t feel like he was being impeached. And that’s because he wasn’t really impeached.

Impeachment is a serious bi-partisan constitutional last-resort procedure for addressing the high crimes and misdemeanors of a president. But the House proceedings weren’t serious — they were farcical. They weren’t bipartisan — they were party-controlled. They weren’t constitutional — they denied due process to Trump. They weren’t a last resort — there’s an upcoming election for that. And they didn’t identify any credible crimes — only two pathetically feeble political complaints.

Therefore we say that Trump wasn’t impeached — not in any meaningful sense of the word. But the House Democrats have been impeached.

And they were impeached by themselves in the open for all to see with their un-American treatment of Trump and the American people. Mitch McConnell said as much the very next day in the Senate when he impugned the House procedures as having uniquely violated all previous American precedent.

It is indeed the House Democrats who have been impeached, and not Trump. And while a trial date is presently being scheduled for Trump, a date has been constitutionally set for the trial of the impeached House Democrats. That date is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.




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