Democrats have been holding out hope they would be able to sway some Republicans to see things their way during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
But now that they have put forth 11 rules amendments that would provide for new witness testimony, and every one of them has failed, they are really beginning to lose hope of achieving Trump’s ouster, the New York Post reports.
Democrats continue to tout debunked theories as they attempt to make their case against the president, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mentioning Russia almost three dozen times in his opening remarks.
Americans have grown tired of this circus, with not even 12 million people tuning in to watch the first day of the Senate impeachment trial — almost three million fewer than on the first day of House hearings. That means that only a small fraction of the country is paying attention to the televised spectacle, and America is clearly ready to move on.
Considering that Democrats failed to make their case during the investigative side of the impeachment, there is simply no reason to allow them to continue this fiasco any longer than necessary.
Democrats only needed four Republicans to side with them on any one of these votes for additional testimony, but they simply could not get the support.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was more than just discouraged, telling reporters: “I have to say, most sadly and angry for me has been how strongly Trump has these senators in his grip.”
He went on: “I wanted to be hopeful and I was optimistic, but I have to say I don’t see it. As of today, I see no realistic prospect that witnesses and documents will be forthcoming unless my colleagues show some greater backbone and courage.”
It’s all about the truth
Blumenthal stated that he believes Trump has this current class of Republicans in this grip, but it is more likely that they simply do not believe Trump deserves to removed from office.
Trump has enough enemies within his own party that if proper evidence had been presented that Trump did something egregious, there is no doubt that sufficient numbers would vote to convict — but that is not the case here.
This impeachment is now an exercise in futility that is almost certain to backfire on Democrats, because the blue wave for which they have been hoping is going to fizzle out without ever gaining any real momentum.
Come January of 2021, do not be surprised if Donald Trump is back in the White House, and Republicans claim control of both the House and the Senate.