Monday, February 22, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Democrats in both the House and Senate got their chance. Tried to impeach the ex-President Donald Trump. But it failed. House which has Democrats majority impeached Donald Trump. But the Senate has to convict him.
In the 100 member Senate, there are 50 democrats (including 2 independents who support them) and 50 republicans. To convict him, they need 67 votes. Everyone knew they cannot get 67 votes to convict him. Waste of time and money.
It was evident at the very beginning. They had a vote whether the trial at the Senate is legal or not since Mr. Trump had already left office. 56 Senators (all democrats and 6 republicans) voted it is legal. At this stage it was evident "this dog don't hunt".
After the arguments were over, the final vote was 57 senators (all democrats and 7 republicans) voted Mr. Trump is guilty. 43 republican senators voted not guilty. So Mr. Trump was acquitted again for the second time.
The whole drama begins now for the next 4 years.
I was watching the arguments from both sides. I thought the prosecutors (House Managers) did a slightly better job. After everything was over, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker and second in line to become President) came on tv. I take umbrage what she said. She said those republican senators who voted not guilty are cowards. What if some republican senator says Nancy Pelosi and the democrats are "mentally retarded"?
This is uncalled for. If there is a court case, and the judgement was 5 to 4, you don't call 4 dissenting judges "cowards".
This will come back to haunt Biden and the democrats. Republicans are dangerous. They don't forget easily. They have a long memory. They can give lot of trouble to President Biden. In 2022 or 2024 if they become majority they may bring impeachment proceedings against Biden or Obama on some trumped up charges.