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Lindsey Graham Slammed For Decrying Impeachment As ‘Divisive’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was roundly denounced Sunday after sending a letter to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that characterized the pending trial of President Donald Trump as "vengeance" and "political retaliation" that he argued would further divide the nation.

While the U.S. House impeached Trump for his roll in inciting a violent mob of his supporters to storm the nation's capitol building on January 6—an insurrectionist effort unparalled in U.S. history that left at least five people dead—Graham argues in his letter that Schumer, if he proceeds with a trial in the Senate, would be guilty of "one more unconstitutional action in this disgraceful saga" that he said would only "incite further division."

Critics of Graham, however, immediately pounced on the South Carolina Republican for his faulty logic and the disgraceful nature of the letter.

"Lindsey Graham should take the first step towards healing and resign," quipped People for Bernie in response.

"This is basically extortionate: Sorry, no unity until the demands for accountability are dropped," wrote Washington Post political correspondent Greg Sargent. "The answer to this is 'No. You are the ones who have committed the offense. You don't get to set one-sided conditions for unity after what you did.'"


Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) unleashed on Graham in a series of tweets, citing the Republican's own behavior that fostered Trump's lies about the outcome of the 2020 election and his long history of two-faced accomodation to Trump's anti-democratic authoritarianism.

"Graham," said Beyer, "pressured election officials in Georgia to throw out lawful ballots and overturn the result." He then added:


Journalist Rachel Bitecofer noted that what Graham is essentially, if not illogically, arguing in his letter to Schumer is "that those responsible for the attack on the Capitol will be held responsible if the Senate lets the main person responsible evade responsibility." But, she adds, "he fails to consider his own culpability at all—which is significant since he lied about fraud."

Likewise, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J) said that it's nearly impossible to take the words of Graham seriously given what he, along with so many of his Republican colleagues in Congress, said and did to the nation in recent months—including those who voted against certification of the President-elect Joe Biden's win.

"For months GOP leaders spread lies about the election," Pascrell tweeted Sunday in response to Graham's letter. "Acting on those lies fascists ransacked the Capitol and *hours later* 138-of-202 (68 %) House republicans voted to make trump a dictator."

"Nothing Republican leaders say about unity," he added, "is worth a nickel."

Trump Approval Rating Crashes As Biden Soars

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump has often touted poll results that highlight his approval ratings among conservative voters but now, in the final days of his presidency, there is very little to brag about based on the latest poll results.

According to Pew Research, President-elect Joe Biden is entering his presidency on a favorable note with an approval rating of 64 percent, while Trump concludes his term down in the dumps. The pollster reports that Trump has his "lowest job approval rating" of just 29 percent. The lame-duck president's ratings have consistently declined since the election:

Donald Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency (29 percent) and increasingly negative ratings for his post-election conduct. The share of voters who rate Trump's conduct since the election as only fair or poor has risen from 68 percent in November to 76 percent, with virtually all of the increase coming in his "poor" ratings (62 percent now, 54 percent then).

FiveThirtyEight also offered a collective report that lays out the overall drop in Trump's approval rating by aggregating a series of polls. With poll results from various surveys and reports, Trump is facing a sharp downward trajectory in popularity across the board. While the data showed the president with a high watermark of 44.8 percent around Election Day, that has fallen more than six points to 38.1 percent on Friday.


Pew's data has Trump's approval rating at its lowest point of all the recent polls. But several recent surveys show his popularity dropping precipitously. Ipsos and Morning Consult both published polls finding him at 34 percent; ABC News found his approval at the higher, though still dreary, 38 percent. Nevertheless, some typically Trump-friendly polls still find middling results for the president, such as Rasmussen Reports's survey indicating his approval is at 48 percent. Overall though, the trend is clearly abruptly negative, as the chart from FiveThirtyEight shows.

Although the U.S. Capitol riots suggest the president still has strong approval among his most fervent fans, many of his supporters have become more critical of his post-election antics.

The Pew Research Center survey was conducted during the week of Jan. 8-12 just days after the riots that erupted on Capitol Hill. A total of 5,360 U.S. adults, including more than 4,000 who also voted in the 2020 general election, participated in the survey.

The results indicate that among the general public, "about two-thirds (68 percent) say Trump should not continue to be a major national political figure for many years to come; just 29 percent say he should remain a major figure in U.S. politics."

The Pew Research Center's survey results come just days after Trump was impeached by House Democrats for the second time during his one-term presidency. Trump was accused by the House of Representatives of inciting an insurrection. Even 10 Republican members voted to impeach. His Senate trial isn't expected to be held until he is out of office.

While the survey indicates that "about half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (52 percent)" believe the president does bear some responsibility for the civil unrest at the Capitol, 79 percent do not believe his remarks merit impeachment.

Democratic voters hold a completely different stance. A total of 95 percent of those voters believe Trump does bear some of the responsibility for the riots. And 83 percent are in favor of the president being removed from office.

#EndorseThis: As Trump Turns On His Lackeys, Seth Meyers Takes 'A Closer Look'

Vice President Mike Pence, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Those are just a few of the obsequious enablers of President Trump now berated by him for failing to sufficiently back his attempted coup. The certification of Joe Biden's victory, followed by the MAGA attack on the Capitol, the ban by social media, and then the ultimate disgrace of a second impeachment have all left Trump lonely and increasingly furious during his final days in office.

Seth Meyers dives deep into all of that and more in the latest installment of A Closer Look. As always, Seth drolly depicts the most depressing and even frightening aspects of contemporary politics. He does the jokes and the facts. You'll laugh!


After Second Impeachment, Trump Begins Moving Out of White House: A Closer Look www.youtube.com

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Smacks Trump Down Hard On Second Impeachment

So many darkly comical moments during the past five years, exploited by comics whose uproarious insights soothed our pain. But for all the rueful comedy of this era, perhaps the best material yet is the second impeachment of Donald Trump.

All the late-night hosts had their say about the worst president in history's most embarrassing and yet record-breaking achievement. As is so often true, Jimmy Kimmel made us laugh loudest. (Plus he's got Devin Nunes in a clown suit.)


Trump Impeached AGAIN After Inciting Violence at the Capitol www.youtube.com