Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has called for the four Dem candidates for president who sit in the senate to recuse themselves from voting in the trial of President Donald Trump because they have an inherent conflict of interest.
The four senators she names are Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).
“Tomorrow, one hundred United States senators will be sworn in to serve in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Four of those senators must recuse themselves for their unparalleled political interest in seeing this president removed from office,” Blackburn said in a statement.
She also tweeted her views on the subject.
They should recuse themselves.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 16, 2020
She actually may be doing them a favor, as only weeks before the vital Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary the four named senators would have to leave the campaign trail and sit in the Senate as jurors.
If that wily snapping turtle Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wanted to have some fun he could draw out the proceedings to keep them AWOL in the presidential race.
Every day they are absent candidates like Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg could gain on them.
And Blackburn has a general point as well.
How can they be impartial jurors when they have expressed numerous times that they want the president removed from office?
How can they vote fairly when they themselves would personally and politically benefit if the president were to be found guilty?
Blackburn’s salvo may not get anywhere. But it is a nice PR shot across the bow. Expect a lot more of those from both sides.
The Senator, who served as a State politician in Tennessee and in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been a firebrand conservative since taking her Senate seat in 2018.
Taylor Swift famously opposed her in a long Instagram post falsely accusing Blackburn of not caring about women’s rights, even though the Senator has worked aggressively for rescuing women from human trafficking and is herself a successful career woman.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
Swift urged her Nashville-based fans to not vote for Sanders, but her plea was a little too late and Blackburn won.