House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has led Democrats down the road of impeachment against former President Donald Trump once again, and this attempt to vindictively punish Trump looks to be as futile as the first effort.
In fact, a test vote regarding the constitutionality of impeaching a president no longer in office revealed that, in all likelihood, Democrats will fall far short of the two-thirds majority necessary for a conviction in the Senate, The Washington Post reported.
Without hearing any arguments but merely considering the constitutionality of the process, only five Republicans crossed the aisle to join Democrats in support of the impeachment against Trump.
That figure is well below the 17 Republicans needed by Democrats to win a conviction and subsequently disqualify Trump from holding office again in the future — the true underlying purpose of the entire charade.
“Dead on arrival”
The constitutional issue was raised by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and though his motion to dismiss on the grounds that the entire proceeding was unconstitutional was defeated 55-45, the senator told the media that the vote was “one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory.”
“Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival,” Paul explained.
Politico reported that, while there was a possibility that some of the 45 Republicans who voted to dismiss the trial as unconstitutional could change their minds and vote to convict after the trial had concluded, it seemed exceptionally unlikely that the full dozen necessary to reach a conviction would actually do so.
“If you voted that it was unconstitutional, how in the world would you ever vote to convict somebody for this?” Paul said to the media, and added, “This vote indicates it’s over. The trial is all over.”
Hypocrisy, partisan hatred
Certainly to the dismay of Pelosi and the rest of the anti-Trump Democrats in Congress, Paul delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor prior to the test vote in which he exposed the stunning hypocrisy of the left with regard to the reason for impeaching Trump, over him allegedly inciting an insurrection via a rally speech, Breitbart reported.
He cited several examples of prominent Democrats using similar speech with supporters against Trump and his own supporters and shared his own terrifying experience at the hands of a violent mob spurred on by the vitriolic rhetoric of his colleagues on the left.
“Shame. Shame on these angry, unhinged partisans who are putting forth this sham impeachment, deranged by their hatred of the former president,” Paul said. “Shame on those who seek blame and revenge, and who choose to pervert a constitutional process while doing so.”