After the Japanese attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech to the nation,” this is a day that will live in infamy,” Rosevelt boomed.
On February 9th, 2021, the United States Senate answered a fundamental question: Can a president be impeached and tried after leaving office?
The answer to that question has been resoundingly answered by that body, “yes.”
In a [bipartisan] vote, the Senate voted 56 to 44 to, make it clear that a president may be tried by the senate even after he leaves office.
This day will be referenced for hundreds of years to come, should this democracy survive this incessant Republican assault.
The nation is almost assured survival. Democracy, not so much if what we are witnessing is allowed to take hold.
There needs to be a clear understanding of the facts; there are no differences between House and Senate Republicans and the white militias and neo-nazis running around hurting people. The Republican party is the proud boys; it is QAnon, it is everything the nation witnessed on January 6th.
Some hold out hope that now that this nonsensical process constitutional question has been answered, maybe Republican senators will be forced to look at the compelling evidence supporting a Trump conviction.
To the folks holding out that hope, I ask, “why do you think we were forced to live through this fraudulent question? Do you think for one moment that Republicans had any doubt that the senate had the authority to try Donald Trump”?
Another Republican, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, joined five of his Republican colleagues, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, & Ben Sasse, who voted with all 50 Democratic Senators to override the constitutional question of whether Trump may be tried by the senate now that he is out of office.
Cassidy’s come to Jesus moment, as articulated by him, seemed to have been centered on the clarity of the case the house managers outlined, instead of the nonsense idea that the senate cannot try a president after he has demitted office.
No one should be fooled by that moment of clarity that Cassidy experienced; it should never be construed as a moment of awakening for Republicans.
In January, Rand Paul forced a Senate vote to declare the trial of Donald Trump unconstitutional. That vote failed, and so the case was allowed to proceed. However, the record number of Republican Senate votes declaring the potential trial unconstitutional, is probably the best metric of measuring where today’s Republican party is.
Mitch McConnell spoke out aggressively against Donald Trump’s participation on the senate floor; McConnell said Trump was responsible for inciting the insurrection.
On February 9th Mitch McConnell voted that the senate trial of Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection was unconstitutional. At least his vote said so.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy chastised Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection on the house floor; he later jetted to Florida to lick Donald Trump’s boots and be photographed with him.
Lyn Cheney, the #3 house Republican, was forced to endure a vote to retain her leadership role. Cheneys Crime was that she laid the blame for the insurrection squarely at Trump’s feet.
Republican Senators have demonstrated that they do not care about the Constitution. It has long been argued that the founders created the Senate to counter the more rash, impulsive house members.
House members are allowed two-year terms; Senators have six-year terms.
The thinking is that the six-year-term, in a way, insulates Senators from some political backlash, kind of like how Federal judges get lifetime tenure. Republicans under Mitch McConnell’s leadership have destroyed everything the Senate is supposed to represent. They packed courts with disqualified hacks, corrupted the executive, and reduced the Senate to a disgrace.
In the end, the toxicity Mitch McConnell created and orchestrated will do more harm to America than any single American official has ever managed to inflict in the history of the republic. Yes, more than Joe McCarthy.
The words of one Republican Senator were most telling. Senator Susan Collins told the media that quote, “the president has learned his lesson’. In Senator Collins’s world, impeachment was the remedy; there was no need for any other treatment, even though the constitution is very clear on the question of removal.
Senator Collins was wrong, as she has been on so many other occasions on Donald Trump issues.
That failure resulted in the January 6th insurrection; it resulted in the Confederate battle flag flying in the Capitol rotunda.
On that note, House managers making the case against Donald Trump in front of the Senate should basically make the case to the American voters. After all, members of the Republica caucus sitting in that chamber judging Trump’s guilt or innocence are themselves co-conspirators.
They are essentially unindicted co-conspirators, yet they are asked to sit as jurors to determine whether Trump is guilty of inciting a raging insurrectionist mob to attack the Capitol.
These men and women sitting as jurors cannot be expected to vote to convict Donald Trump; they agreed with everything that happened.
.Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.