He was invited to officiate as they strung up the defendant, but simply declined to attend. The message was unmistakable:
An impeachment trial is unconstitutional.
Let’s be clear.
When the single most popular political figure in American political life is banned from social media for speech with which 90% of the rank and file of the second largest party in the United States agrees, politics has been effectively outlawed as surely as if a law to this effect had been promulgated by Congress and signed into law by the president.
Politics itself has been proscribed in society generally, as surely as union organizing activity on the grounds of any company’s property. The national capital has banned politics; a law to this effect is a mere legal formality. The crisis has reached a stage where the interests of the national capital have come into glaring conflict with the constitutional limits of the state.
Those limits must, sooner or later, be breached.
UPDATE (1/10/2021): According to Reuters, a majority of U.S. voters now want Congress or the cabinet to
remove Trump from office effectively abolish politics in the United States:
Fifty-seven percent of Americans want Republican President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office after he encouraged a protest this week that escalated into a deadly riot inside the U.S. Capitol, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.Reuters: Majority of Americans want Trump removed immediately after U.S. Capitol violence – Reuters/Ipsos poll
Not because he incited an insurrection, but because he is, beyond all doubt, the most popular political figure in the United States today.
Unless they impeach him, there will likely never be anyone who can beat him as nominee for President for the Republican Party. It is also likely that there will never be an uncontested presidential election again in the United States.
He must be impeached not for a crime, but because there is literally no other way to drive him out of politics.
It is as simple as that.
Oh, and the Vice President seems to be in control of the military…so nothing to see here.
The D.C. National Guard has been called on to act against rioters who broke into the U.S. Capitol and halted the electoral vote count Wednesday.
“We have fully activated the D.C. National Guard to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation,” acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in a statement.
Miller said he spoke to Vice President Mike Pence, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, and Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, about the situation at the Capitol.Source: Washington Examiner
It’s pure anarchy as Trump supporters temporarily establish their peculiar version of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (Trumpian) in Washington D.C.
Will the two zones ever merge?
PS: Donald Trump has now declared open war on the GOP; I wouldn’t hold out any hope for “the surrender caucus.”
I guess Trump stopped packing his bags long enough to leave a huge turd in Washington’s Christmas punchbowl.
And then off to Georgia to take political advantage of some ugly domestic dispute…