With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi having transmitted the impeachment charges to the U.S. Senate, the fact that we’re about to go through with this absurdly-unconstitutional trial of Donald Trump seems inevitable. For the first time in our nation’s history, the Senate will turn away from their governing duties to deal with the impeachment of a president who is no longer president. Why? Because Democrats want to prevent Trump from returning in 2024 to once again humiliate them on the national stage.
On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio said that he is completely opposed to moving forward with the trial.
“We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire,” he said in a Fox News interview.
“First of all, I think the trial is stupid. It’s counterproductive,” Rubio continued. “Second, I look back at a time, for example, Richard Nixon, who had clearly committed crimes and wrongdoing, and in hindsight I think we would all agree that President Ford’s pardon was important for the country to be able to move forward. And history held Richard Nixon quite accountable for what he did as a result.”
Rubio said that his opposition to an impeachment trial did not mean he was absolving Trump of all responsibility.
“It was most certainly a foreseeable consequence of everything that was going on,” Rubio said. “All I’m arguing is we have some really important things to work on. We’re gonna jump right back into what we’ve been going through for the last five years, and stirring it up again with a trial, and it’s just going to be bad for the country. It’s just going to continue to fuel the divisions in this country.”
Not all of Rubio’s colleagues agree, of course. While the Florida senator was laying out his objections on Fox News, Sen. Mitt Romney was on CNN saying much the opposite.
On “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Romney if he sees a problem with convicting Trump even though he’s no longer in the White House.
“Many of your colleagues, I’m sure you’ve heard, argue that it’s not constitutional to convict a president who is no longer in office. Do you agree with that?” Bash asked.
“Well, I’ve read a number of law review articles, and I think if you put aside the partisan columns if you will written in various publications and look at those that are written by academics, you’ll find that the preponderance of the legal opinion is that an impeachment trial after someone has left office is constitutional. I believe that’s the case. I’ll, of course, hear what the lawyers have to say for each side, but I think it’s pretty clear that the effort is constitutional,” Romney said.
Right. Just put aside the “partisan” lawyers who say it’s a no-go and only listen to the fair-and-balanced lawyers who say that it’s just fine. This is how the left makes all of their decisions!
And yeah, Mitt, we’re lumping you in with the left. Your overall voting record may not reflect that truth, but when your every move seems intended to cripple your own party, what choice do we have?