The New York Times initially claimed that McConnell was “pleased” that House Democrats had introduced an article of impeachment against Trump.
Fox News adds that multiple sources have confirmed McConnell is “done” and “furious” with the president. McConnell’s anger, according to the article, stems not only from the way Trump handled the Capitol riots last week but the fact that Republicans lost their majority in the Senate after the Georgia runoffs.
The House voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, with ten misguided Republican lawmakers joining in.
McConnell’s support of the move is reprehensible – an impeachment vote without concern for facts or witnesses, without a defense for the president, based solely on the media’s spin on what happened at the Capitol. (RELATED: If FBI knew about Capitol ‘insurrection’ in advance, how was Trump’s speech the trigger?)
You would think the Senate Majority Leader would have learned over the years that the media lie, and they lie rather frequently. They are stirring up anger in the country right now by claiming the President incited rioters when he, in fact, told them in a video since censored by Twitter “You have to go home now, we have to be peaceful. We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt, it’s a very tough period of time.”
How Will McConnell Vote?
Despite the Fox News report of McConnell seemingly supporting impeachment, reporters with the network are quick to note that “it is unclear how McConnell would vote in an impeachment trial. … It is not clear at this point whether McConnell would vote to convict.”
The Daily Mail cites GOP sources as saying there is a “better than 50/50” chance Mitch McConnell votes to convict Trump in impeachment trial because he “wants him purged from the GOP.”
But it wouldn’t purge Trump and his supporters. It would simply fracture the GOP beyond repair. Remember, it was just weeks ago that a Rasmussen survey indicated 72% of Republican voters want their legislators to be more like President Trump.
Other Republicans Appear to Be On Board with this Travesty
Last week, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) indicated he would “definitely consider” a vote to impeach President Trump or support having him removed from office through the 25th Amendment.
“If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because … I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office,” said Sasse.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has blamed President Trump for the violent assault on the Capitol, calling it an "inevitable and ugly outcome."@SenSasse joins us now. pic.twitter.com/bZHDKuXEWx
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 8, 2021
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) would almost assuredly vote to convict in an impeachment trial. He was, after all, the lone Senate Republican to vote to convict Trump in the first contrived impeachment trial.
If McConnell gets on board, it’s easy to visualize a whole host of other Republicans stabbing Trump in the back and getting to the necessary 67 votes to convict.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) admitted in a recent “60 Minutes” interview that Trump running for president again is one of the motivations “that people have for advocating for impeachment.” She added that it would be preferable to use the 25th Amendment “because it gets rid of him.”
Imagine how broken Mitch McConnell must be in order to agree with Nancy Pelosi on impeachment.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession