House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have charged full-speed ahead with another effort to impeach President Donald Trump, this time for allegedly inciting violence by way of a speech he delivered to his supporters just prior to a mob storming of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.
While all House Democrats may be on board with that effort, the same cannot be said about Senate Democrats. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed Monday that the attempt is “ill-advised” and lacks sufficient votes in the Senate to win a conviction, Just the News reported.
The centrist Democrat — one of very few remaining in an increasingly far-left party — also seemed to indicate that he didn’t support impeachment at this time and that it would be a moot point since a Senate trial wouldn’t be held until after Trump had left office.
Impeachment won’t pass in Senate
Manchin made the remarks during a lengthy interview Monday on Fox News with Special Report host Bret Baier.
With regard to whether the Senate could quickly move to hold a trial and convict Trump, Manchin noted the near impossibility of such a feat in the sharply divided chamber since 67 votes for conviction would be necessary, meaning a substantial number of Republicans would have to cross the aisle and join the Democrats.
“I don’t see that and I think the House should know that also. We’ve been trying to send that message over. They know the votes aren’t there,” the senator said.
Impeachment will make things worse
“I think this is so ill-advised, for Joe Biden to be coming in, trying to heal the country, trying to be the president of all the people, when we’re going to be so divided and fighting again,” Manchin said, suggesting instead that the issue of the Capitol riot would be best handled by the judicial system instead of Congress.
“We are country of the rule of law, that’s the bedrock of who we are,” Manchin said. “Let that take its place. Let the investigations go on and evidence come forth and then we will go forth from there. There’s no rush to do this impeachment now. We can do it later if they think it’s necessary.”
Manchin implied that House Democrats are wasting time on something that wouldn’t be taken up quickly by the Senate and would have no real bearing on the immediate situation, as Trump will be “out of office no matter what happens” and that “nothing would start until after Joe Biden” had already been sworn-in as president.
The centrist senator from West Virginia is absolutely right in his assessment of the current futility of another attempt at impeaching and removing Trump from office just days ahead of his exit from office.
Unfortunately, Manchin stands virtually alone among his fellow Democratic colleagues and, while his voice of common sense and reason is greatly appreciated in times like these, that lone voice is too often lost in the shuffle or shouted down and ignored by his comrades on the left.