The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

After becoming only the third president in American history to be impeached, Donald Trump has been attempting to argue that he had not received the historic black mark on his record.

“I don’t feel like I’m being impeached,” Trump told reporters on Thursday, a day after the House voted to impeach him. “It’s a hoax, it’s a setup, it’s a horrible thing they did.”

The impeachment vote was not a “hoax” or a “setup.” The House voted to approve two articles of impeachment based on extensive testimony that he held up aid to Ukraine to try to pressure the country to dig up dirt on his political rivals, along with the attempt to obstruct the investigation into his actions.

That hasn’t stopped Trump from using his Twitter account to claim the impeachment isn’t real and to amplify supporters making the same false claim.

He described the vote as a “phony impeachment HOAX” and a “scam,” while attacking Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not immediately sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi has said she is waiting to send the impeachment to the Senate until she can be assured of a fair trial after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to rig proceedings in Trump’s favor.

“Trump has not been impeached. The house can’t impeach. They can only vote for impeachment,” said Twitter user @Incarcerated_ET in a tweet that Trump retweeted to his 67.8 million followers.

That is wrong, as the Constitution clearly states that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment and “[t]he Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”

Trump’s reelection campaign also ran $650,000 worth of Facebook ads claiming that the impeachment vote was “unconstitutional,” a claim Trump has previously made.

However, despite Trump’s protests and tweets, the congressional record will forever show two votes in the affirmative for “Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants her Democrats to push through trillions of dollars worth of investments in infrastructure and social service programs before a self-imposed deadline of September 30, 2021

Washington (AFP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence a massive infrastructure bill will pass this week but acknowledged it would not get a Monday vote as planned, with fellow Democrats warning critical work remains to meet the party's deadlines.

Democrats have been scrambling to hammer out a landmark plan to upgrade the nation's roads and bridges, but are also under immense pressure to finalize a $3.5 trillion public investment package and fund the government to avert a looming shutdown -- all by September 30.

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}