And so it came to pass, that on Wed., February 5, 2020, Donald J. Trump became the King of the United States of America. It was on this day that the Senate acquitted him of the two articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Although his guilt had been abundantly proved, and acknowledged by more than one Republican Senator, the Senate Republicans refused, (with the exception of Mitt Romney with respect to Article One) to remove him from office. This failure to punish him in any way, along with his lawyers’ argument that, as President, he can do whatever he wishes, now allows and encourages him to continue in his predictable ways. He is, thus, certain to make every effort, and enlist every ally – foreign and domestic – to corruptly win the 2020 election. It is too discouraging to dwell on the consequences to our American democracy if he should do so. Our only hope, therefore, is that enough of the American electorate will comprehend the danger that he poses, and come together to vote him out of office.
Some additional thoughts:
- The President’s obstruction of Congress (Article Two) was brazen. His order to disobey subpoenas and his refusal to provide documents was an open demonstration of obstruction. It doesn’t get any more flagrant than that. How, then, could Senators find him not guilty? Clearly, those Republican Senators broke their oaths of impartiality.
- Amongst the Republican Senators, only Mitt Romney had the backbone to vote to convict on Article One. This act of “moral courage” stands in stark contrast to the cowardice or self-interest of the rest of his caucus, and now adds considerably to his stature.
- It is time, finally, to ask what it is that motivates Republican legislators to hew so closely to the President. I do not doubt that these Republican legislators have Russian money in their pockets, as is very likely the case with the President. If there are specific reasons, beyond money, behind the influence that Putin wields over Trump and Republican Congressmen/women, they remain to be discovered … but that influence cannot be denied.