President Donald Trump has a lot of firsts to his credit. Most of them positive. His economic and national security accomplishments put him in the first tier of presidents in those areas. But now, as of Wednesday afternoon, he has another first that history will note: The first president of the United States to be impeached twice. One unfairly. One quite deserved.
Though, a second impeachment of a government official happened once before, when in 1798 Tennessee Senator William Blount was also impeached twice.
FNC: “The House of Representatives Wednesday made history by voting to impeach President Trump for a second time for ‘incitement of insurrection’ after a mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college win. The House voted 232-197 to impeach the president. Ten Republicans joined with Democrats. Trump has just one week left in office, but the supporters of the impeachment push say Trump is too dangerous to stay in office a minute longer. The impeachment resolution condemns Trump for spreading lies that he won the election in a landslide and whipping up a crowd of supporters in Washington D.C. before the riot that killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer.”
“The bottom line is this: This Capitol was stormed. People died because of the big lies that were being told by this president. Enough,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA. “People should be outraged as to what happened. It was unforgivable, unconscionable…People died. Everybody should be outraged. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. If this is not an impeachable offense. I don’t know what the hell is. This president is not fit to remain in office.”
“The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” said number three Republican in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. “Everything that followed was his doing.”
Republicans joining Cheney in voting for impeachment were Reps. Dan Newhouse of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Tom Rice of South Carolina, David Valadao of California and Peter Meijer of Michigan.
“President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week,” said Meijer. “With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump.”
President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week. With a heavy heart, I will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/SREfFp0nd2
— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) January 13, 2021
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, said Wednesday before the vote he’d support censure over impeachment. His words on the general subject ring true.
“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”