Today, new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer guaranteed that the first action undertaken by his Senate would be the second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump. As President Joe Biden calls for unity, the first hundred days of his administration will be hampered by the United States Senate attempting to remove a former president from an office he no longer holds. Covid-19, immigration, riots in American streets, rising unemployment… none of it rises to the importance of embarrassing the former president, making a statement to his supporters, and ensuring that he is no longer a threat to Democrat hopes of holding the White House in 2024.
The first question to be raised regards the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The Supreme law of the land, the document that gives the House the power to impeach a president and the Senate the power to hold a trial, specifically states “The President… shall be removed from office…” Donald Trump is no longer president, and no longer holds the office from which the Democrats are trying to remove him. Impeachment is a political process, not a criminal one. Trump is no longer an active member of the political establishment, and therefore such punitive measures no longer apply to him. It is unconstitutional for a private citizen to be tried by the Senate.
This would lead an inquisitive mind to question the motives of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and their comrades in the Congress. Schumer said, "We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability. And that is what this trial will provide." Does Chuck really want to put this behind us, or does he want to parade President Trump in front of the American people, irreparably damaging his political brand, and thus the electoral hopes of those who supported him, ahead of future elections?
The third question is… What did Trump do to warrant a second impeachment? He was impeached and will be tried on the charge of “inciting an insurrection.” The FBI, Capitol police, and even Twitter had knowledge of pre-planning for the siege of January 6th, none of which involved President Trump (at least as of now). Yet, the democrats are claiming that his speech on January 6th was responsible for the violent assault that occurred. That, in and of itself, is damning evidence against the democrats’ claims, but even in looking at Trump’s words on that fateful day, one is hard-pressed to find any incitement of violence or insurrection. Whether listened to in real time or reviewed by reading through the transcript of Trump’s speech in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021, there is one small excerpt from a very long speech the left is using against the former president. He said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” While Trump did repeatedly claim the election was stolen, that Congress had to refuse to certify the results, and his supporters needed to make their voices heard, he never uttered any words encouraging violence or insurrection. He encouraged peaceful protest, and the Democrats (and some Republicans) are claiming he incited an insurrection, that he encouraged a coup. One can disagree with what he did, and I am neither condoning or condemning his actions or words, but did he really commit any high crimes or misdemeanors? Should Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley be impeached for inciting insurrection when cities burned as she exhorted them on, declaring, “…there must be unrest in the streets.” Perhaps we should impeach Vice President Kamala Harris who not only encouraged the violent protests when she said, “…protesters should not let up,” but also bailed out those who were arrested for criminal behavior during those summer riots. Senator Corey Booker, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Schumer, himself, as well as other Democrats and liberal media personalities have all spoken out in threatening terms… should they be charged for any violence occurring following their harsh speech?
Unfortunately, there are so many people who despise Trump so much, including patriotic friends of mine, that they are blinded by hatred. They would be willing to read into anything he says as “incitement.” My final question would be, Is this impeachment truly about incitement or impairment? Is Trump being impeached for inciting a violent insurrection aimed at overthrowing the U.S. government, or is he being impeached to impair his ability to run for the presidency again in 2024 and continue to lead his MAGA movement. This impeachment is not about Trump, but about the presidency, and about Congress abusing the power of impeachment to violate the constitutional rights of a private citizen. In the end, such blatantly political weaponizing of a constitutional safeguard against treasonous or criminal activity will only incite further division and impair the ability of our nation to heal.