Does Donald Trump have a mandate
Trump's impeachment: Donald Trump is unbelievable
The impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump will be dealt with in the US Senate next Tuesday. The chances that the necessary two-thirds majority for the subsequent removal of Trump will be achieved there are extremely slim, possibly even non-existent. 17 Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats, but only five have so far been open to it.
Why impeachment is so important to the Democrats - and the few scattered Republicans - even though Trump is no longer in office, has to do not only with mental hygiene, but with extremely pragmatic reasons. If convicted, Trump can be banned from ever running for office at the federal level again. That would only require a simple majority in the Senate. And that would ban the Trump ghost in 2024. He would not be allowed to run, and that would mean that a large voter pool raised by Trump would migrate back to the non-voters. The right-wing extremists, conspiracy theorists and state objectors, who are uncomfortable for the moderates, would most likely stay at home in the next election if their idol no longer fuels the masses.
However, this ball will not allow itself to be played over the bonds of impeachment. This is ensured by the above-mentioned necessary qualified majority.
But even if the outcome of the proceedings is clear, it is still worth taking a closer look. Because it presents a moral picture of how much facts and ethics seem less and less tangible and how power and party reasoning clear the place.
Against the background that the proceedings cannot harm him, Trump wanted to take the opportunity to once again spread his lies about the election result in Congress - knowing that this defense will be broadcast by all TV stations. Trump's untrue claim that he won the presidential election triggered the storm on the Capitol.
This trampling on the law was too much even for his lawyers. Last week, Trump's legal team resigned. Her reputation was apparently too precious to the lawyers to be associated with defending the storm on the Capitol. As a reminder: Trump had clearly and repeatedly urged his supporters to appear in Washington on January 6th and to exert undefined pressure on the parliamentarians. These were just about to certify the election victory of Trump's opponent Joe Biden.
The result of that day: five fatalities, many injured and probably countless post-traumatic stress disorders of MPs who actually feared for their lives. And something else was becoming more and more visible: a republican party unwilling to condemn the attack on democracy in full swing.
And not only that: Those Republicans who dared to question Trump are openly insulted by some as traitors.
No leaving the party: for us or against us
The best example is Republican MP Liz Cheney. She had spoken out in favor of the impeachment of Trump in the House of Representatives. As a result, the party was so raging that Cheney decided to call a vote on her position on the Republican governing body. 145 party colleagues voted for Cheney, but 61 Republicans wanted to remove her from office. Just because she voted for Trump's impeachment. Their motto is clear: either for us or against us. It's a message that Trump and his team have been sending out for a long time.
Conspiracy theorists remain socially acceptable
Where the passion of the Republicans currently lies can be seen in another personnel. With Republican MP Marjorie Taylor Greene. In fact, this politician is uncomfortable even for a few Republicans, but not enough to remove them from posts. Taylor Greene has stated in the past that forest fires are caused by Jewish laser beams from space, and that bloody high school shootings never occurred. On the politician's mouth and nose protector, the words: "Trump won."
Compared to the Republicans, who had defended them mostly against the Democrats, Taylor Greene recently backed down a little on some conspiracy theories - and at that meeting received a standing ovation from some of her colleagues.
It was no use. The Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, Taylor Greene was removed from various committees on Friday night. 199 Republicans were against it, only eleven Conservatives voted with the Democrats.
In view of the state of the Republicans, it is more than clear that the defense of Trump in the Senate is not about establishing legal truth, but that this impeachment (like its first a year ago) will be thrown out of party calculus.
For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that Trump's new legal team wants to base the defense on a formal error. Trump could not be removed from office because he is no longer in office. That is why the whole process is unconstitutional.
An argument that is not true. Even if a president has never been successfully removed from office in the past, the procedure has already been used for civil servants in higher positions - even after their employment relationship has ended.
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