GOV/MIL Main "Second Impeachment" Thread

Countrymouse

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Who was the 7th traitor?

Seven Republicans joined Democrats in finding the former president guilty.


Here is the list:


  1. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
  2. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  3. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  4. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)
  5. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)
  6. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK
  7. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)

Sens. Burr and Cassidy supported conviction, even though they voted with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in January on a motion that impeaching the president after leaving office was unconstitutional.


The only senator who voted in favor of convicting Trump who faces reelection next year is Murkowski.


Burr and Toomey have already said they would not run for re-election in 2022. Burr, Sasse, and Collins were re-elected for another six-year term in 2020. Romney won’t face re-election until 2024.

 

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WATCH: Pelosi Has Meltdown, Walks Away From Podium, Then Comes Back For Another Meltdown
byClayton Keirns33 minutes ago



Trump has been found not guilty after another useless impeachment sham, and Democrats are pissed.

The most upset, however, is far-left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

After Trump was acquitted by a vote of 57-43 on Saturday, Pelosi had a total meltdown in front of reporters during her press briefing. Then when everyone thought she was “finished”, she got triggered and came back to the podium for another Oscar-worthy freakout.

What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job, respect the institution in which they serve. ‘Hang Mike Pence’, was the chant, and they just dismissed that. Why? Maybe because they can’t get another job,” she said hysterically.

She then went on to act like she cares about the constitution:

“What is so important about any one of us? What is so important about the political survival of any one of us that is more important than our Constitution that we take an oath to protect and defend?” she said.

Watch her first meltdown below:

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After several minutes of hysteria, Pelosi began walking away from the podium when a reporter snuck in one more question about censuring Trump in the Senate.

When she heard it, she got incredibly angry again, even slamming her hand on the podium at one point.

Censure is a slap in the face of the constitution! That lets everybody off the hook. All these cowardly Senators who couldn’t face up to what the President did, and what was at stake for our country. And now they’re going to have a chance to get a slap on the wrist?“, Pelosi exclaimed.

Watch below:

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Sorry--I'm sure it would be entertaining---but I can't stand to listen to that bitch.
 

Countrymouse

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So the leader of the House of Reps (Nancy Pelosi (D), San Francisco, hereinafter referred to as the MaligNancy) became the first House Speaker in history to twice impeach a sitting President. What she will be known for in this case, however, is that she is the only Speaker in history to fail at securing a conviction on clearly Trumped-up charges (pardon the pun). As a matter of reference, bringing forth impeachment charges successfully requires a majority vote in the House, but a conviction of said charges requires a 2/3 majority in the Senate.
So the leader of the House of Reps (Nancy Pelosi (D), San Francisco, hereinafter referred to as the MaligNancy)

Best I've heard yet! KUDOS!

:prfl:

:rofl:

:lkick:
 

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So the leader of the House of Reps (Nancy Pelosi (D), San Francisco, hereinafter referred to as the MaligNancy)
Best I've heard yet! KUDOS!
Thanks! I would like to take credit for that but can't; someone else came up with it and I disremember who it was.

It might've been here that I saw it, actually. So whoever coined this one please stand up and identity you se'f for a round of applause! :applaud:
 

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Peter Navarro: “What Mike Pence Did to Donald J. Trump – Will Go Down in History as One of the Greatest Betrayals Imaginable” (VIDEO)
You know, this Dr. Peter Navarro has actually become one of the real stand-up people in this fubar - up there with people like General Flynn.
 

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"Never Experienced Such Vitriol" - Trump Lawyer's Home Vandalized Amid Wave Of Death Threats

SUNDAY, FEB 14, 2021 - 9:59
Vandals have stepped up attacks on political officials' homes this year as the country descends into chaos. Recently, Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi had their homes spray-painted and damaged. Now non-political figures are being targeted.

The suburban Philadelphia home of Michael van der Veen, one of former President Trump's defense attorneys, was vandalized on Friday night, according to The Hill.

Van der Veen spoke to the reporters Saturday after the Senate acquitted Trump of incitement with a final vote of 57-43, with seven Republicans breaking ranks to vote with the Democrats. He told a press pool about the damage his home sustained.
"My home was attacked. I'd rather not go into it because it would encourage other people to do it more, but you know, I've had nearly 100 death threats," he told a press pool.
Van der Veen said he's far from a "controversial guy" and is not a political figure.
"My home was attacked last night - windows broken, spray paint, really bad words spray-painted everywhere. And the thing is, you guys don't know me, but you know I'm not a controversial guy. I'm not politically minded so to speak," he said.
"I'm a trial lawyer and I represent people's interests in court. That's what I do. I love doing it. And I'm disappointed that that is the result of just me doing my job," van der Veen added.

CBS Philly photographed the end of van der Veen's driveway where someone had spray-painted words that read "traitor."

Detective Scott Pezick of the West Whiteland Township Police Department in Chester County told CBS Philly vandals struck Trump's lawyer's home around 20:00 ET Friday.

Pezick said no arrests had been made, but "we've been showing a police presence to deter anything from happening."

Another lawyer on the team, William J. Brennan, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that:
"I've been representing controversial clients for 30 years, and I've never experienced this type of vitriol." He said, "We had no political agenda here. We are not partisan warriors. We are criminal defense lawyers who represented a client."
Later on Saturday, President Joe Biden released a statement in response to Trump's acquittal by the Senate.

"While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute," Biden said.

He also said, "this sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile," and that "violence and extremism" do not belong in this country.

"And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies," Biden said.

"That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation," he said, adding that we all must unify.

... again, Biden makes calls for "unity" as a new wave of violence targets political figure homes, and, anyone associated with Trump.
 

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Joe Biden Releases Outrageous Statement Following Second Failed Impeachment — Quotes Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell


By Jim Hoft
Published February 14, 2021 at 8:48am

In October 2016 Biden threatened to take candidate Trump behind the gym and rough him up.

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In March 2018 Joe Biden said, “I would have “beat the hell out” of Trump for comments about women.”

President Trump responded to China Joe’s threats, “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”

In 2019 Joe Biden once again threatened physical violence against President Trump saying something about smacking him in the mouth.

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On Saturday Joe Biden released a statement following the acquittal of former President Donald Trump where he accused President Trump of inciting a “deadly insurrection.”

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President Joe Biden releases a statement following the acquittal of former Pres. Trump. Trump impeachment trial live updates: Biden says charge 'not in dispute' in 1st comments on acquittal pic.twitter.com/9XjJKZ43eD
— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2021
Joe Biden quoted Mitch McConnell in his statement.
 

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After Getting His Ass Handed to Him by a Philly Personal Injury Attorney – Harvard-Trained Raskin Compares Republicans to Cult Members at Dulles Airport

By Jim Hoft
Published February 14, 2021 at 12:30pm

Trump attorney Michael Van der Veen is the founder of the Philadelphia law firm and is best known for his local radio ads in Philadelphia.

Van der Veen specializes in personal injury and has led a number of high-profile cases.

On Friday and Saturday Michael van der Veen destroyed the House Impeachment managers and their pile of lies and fraudulent evidence they used in their case against President Donald Trump.

Van der Veen came up with the win against the Democrat team led by lying hack Jamie Raskin.


Following his historic loss, Rep. Raskin told reporters the loss was actually a win.
Then he accused Republicans of being a cult.

What a class act.

Via The Washington Times:
“If we had charged dereliction of duty, [Republicans] would have said, ‘That’s not an impeachable offense. You’ve got to deal with that within the military system. The president is not bound by the code of universal military justice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice,’ and so on,” Mr. Raskin said. “You can always come up with a lawyer’s argument to get to where you want to go.”
Mr. Raskin added that he had no regrets and said the Republicans who voted not to convict acted “like members of a religious cult [who], when they leave office, should be selling flowers at Dulles Airport.”
 

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Raskin: Trump Second Impeachment a ‘Dramatic Success in Historical Terms’

Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” called former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial a “dramatic success in historical terms.”

Anchor Chuck Todd said, “So do you feel like this was a success? Or do you feel like because you failed to convict that you can’t look at it any other way than a failure?”

Raskin said, “I think it was a dramatic success in historical terms. It was the largest impeachment conviction vote in U.S. history. It was by far the most bipartisan majority that’s ever assembled in the Senate to convict a president, which has traditionally been a kind of partisan thing in American history. We got seven Republicans, and if you look at the ten Republicans in the House who joined us, it was by far the most bipartisan decision and a complete repudiation of the president’s conduct. Now, unfortunately, it didn’t reach the two-thirds majority in the Senate.”
 

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Republicans who voted to convict Trump face backlash at home

Senators Toomey and Burr have already announced their retirement, however

By Evie Fordham | Fox News
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‘Very doubtful’ Trump could be convicted criminally for incitement: Jonathan Turley
Jonathan Turley, law professor and Fox News contributor, reacts to Trump’s impeachment acquittal and discusses whether legal action could be taken against the president.

Republican senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump on Saturday in the Senate impeachment trial on the charge of inciting an insurrection are already facing backlash in their home states.

The seven GOP senators who joined with all Democrats in finding Trump guilty were: Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The Louisiana GOP said Saturday that it unanimously voted to censure Cassidy because of his vote.

"Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty," Cassidy said on Twitter Saturday night.

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The Pennsylvania GOP criticized Toomey on Saturday night.

"This post-presidency impeachment proceeding was an unconstitutional theft of time and energy that did absolutely nothing to unify or help the American people," PAGOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas said in a statement. "I share the disappointment of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers over Senator Toomey's vote today. The vote to acquit was the constitutionally correct outcome."

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Toomey announced in October that he would not seek re-election in 2022.

While some of the other Republican senators' votes were expected, Burr's came as a surprise. Like Toomey, Burr has said he will not seek re-election in 2022.


"North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing," NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is joined by his wife Melissa Sasse, as he take the oath of office from Vice President Mike Pence during a reenactment ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is joined by his wife Melissa Sasse, as he take the oath of office from Vice President Mike Pence during a reenactment ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
Sasse has faced previous criticism from Republicans in his home state due to his criticism of Trump. Republican groups in at least three Nebraska counties have voted to censure Sasse, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The state Republican central committee is expected to consider at least eight separate resolutions to censure him when it meets next month.

"You are welcome to censure me again," Sasse said in a video earlier this month, "but let’s be clear about why this is happening. It’s because I still believe, as you used to, that politics isn't about the weird worship of one dude."

Fox News' inquiries to Nebraska GOP, Alaska GOP, Utah GOP and Maine GOP were not immediately returned.
 

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Just in Case Everybody on the Planet Didn't Already Know Mitt Romney Thinks 'Trump Is Guilty,' He Issues Statement to Make Sure

By Mike Miller | Feb 13, 2021 9:00 PM ET

AP Photo/Susan Walsh
BREAKING: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has released a statement confirming he believes former President Donald Trump is guilty of inciting insurrection against the United States government. This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as warranted. [sarc]

Really, Mitt? Good thing you cleared that up, bud.

Lest anyone accuse Romney of believing Trump was guilty as the Capitol riot was unfolding, he wanted to make sure everyone knew he only arrived at his decision “after careful consideration.” [rolling-eyes emoji]
“After careful consideration [LOL] of the respective counsels’ arguments, I have concluded that President Trump is guilty of the charge made by the House of Representatives.
“President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state. [Um, Mitt? That allegation was not contained in the Article of Impeachment.]

“President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well known [sic] threats of violence that day.
“President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol. Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction.”
I feel like Mittens would’ve thrown in some totally irrelevant stuff he hates about Trump if it wouldn’t have been obvious. One final twist of the knife kinda thing.

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In addition to Romney, six other Republicans voted to convict Trump: Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

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Romney, who has always appeared to loathe the ground on which Trump walks, was the only Senate Republican to vote to convict Trump during Impeachment Charade 1.0, last year, as reported by The Daily Wire at the time:
“The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious,” Romney said on the floor of the Senate. “As a senator juror I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious, my faith is at the heart of who I am.”
“I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” Romney continued. “I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.”
“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to a level of a high crime and misdemeanor,” Romney later added. “Yes, he did.”
“The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president’s purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”
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“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destruction violation of ones oath of office that I can imagine,” Romney continued. “I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the president from office.”
I suppose I could point out that Donald Trump, unlike Mitt Romney, at least had an (Oval) office in which to attempt to keep himself. As opposed to Romney’s disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, I mean. But that would be unprofessional, wouldn’t it?
 

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“Trump’s Force Will Wane” – GOP Senator Cassidy Bashes Trump Voters After Voting to Impeach President Trump

By Jim Hoft
Published February 14, 2021 at 2:00pm

On Saturday Senator Bill Cassidy joined six Republican senators to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
BREAKING: Donald John Trump acquitted
7 Republicans voted with the Democrats to find Trump guilty
Burr
Collins
Cassidy
Murkowski
Romney
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— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) February 13, 2021
Following the vote the Louisiana Republican Executive Committee unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy.

On Sunday morning Senator Cassidy went on ABC with George Stephanopoulos to bash President Trump and his voters.

These people are ALWAYS so arrogant and clueless!


Via Pam Key at Breitbart:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You probably saw that statement from former President Trump yesterday, he said his political movement has only just begun. Do you think he can run a credible campaign for president again? Will he remain a force in the Republican Party? What does that mean for the Republican Party?
SENATOR BILL CASSIDY: I think his force wanes. The Republican Party is more than just one person. The Republican Party is about ideas. We were the party that was founded to end slavery, we were the party that preserved the union, we were the party that passed the first civil rights law, we were the party that ended the Cold War. We are the party that before COVID had an economy that had record low unemployment for everyone; the disabled, the high school dropout, the veteran, the woman, the Black, the Hispanic, you name it, that is the party of the ideas.
Trump won Louisiana 58.5% to 39.9% or by almost 20 points.

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Maryland RINO Governor Echoes GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, Says President Trump May Face Criminal Charges After Senate Acquittal (Video)

By Jim Hoft
Published February 14, 2021 at 4:01pm

RINO Governor Larry Hogan echoed Minority leader Mitch McConnell on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning.

On Saturday Mitch McConnell hinted that President Donald Trump can still be charged for crimes in the criminal justice system following his acquittal by the US Senate.


That was a disgusting and outrageous suggestion by the Senate Republican leader!

On Sunday morning, another Trump-hater, Larry Hogan from Maryland, echoed McConnell and told CNN Trump may still face criminal charges.

Via the Daily Caller, Governor Hogan told liberal hack, Jake Tapper, “There was yesterday’s vote, but there’s definitely a number of potential court cases and I think he’s still going to face, you know, criminal courts and the court of public opinion. This is not over and we’re going to decide over the next couple of years what the fate of Donald Trump and the Republican Party is.”

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North Carolina Republicans to Censure Senator Burr For Voting to Convict Trump in Unconstitutional Impeachment Trial

By Cristina Laila
Published February 15, 2021 at 11:59am
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The North Carolina Republican Party will vote Monday night on whether to censure Senator Richard Burr after he voted to convict Trump.

7 Republican Senators voted with Democrats to convict Trump.

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted “guilty” to convict President Donald Trump on Saturday — and by his own admission, he violated the US Constitution in doing so.

Burr, who split from Republican voters and sided with the Democrats, released a statement following his vote that contained an admission that he believes he violated the Constitution.
“When this process started, I believed that it was unconstitutional to impeach a president who was no longer in office. I still believe that to be the case. However, the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority in the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent,” Burr’s statement said.
The Chairman of the North Carolina GOP condemned Burr in a statement Saturday evening.
Censuring and condemning Burr doesn’t mean much because he’s on his way out of the Senate.

Richard Burr doesn’t care about the US Constitution and he isn’t worried about upsetting North Carolina voters because he is retiring and will not seek reelection when his term expires next year.
 

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GOP Lawmakers Choose Mitch McConnell and Liz Cheney Over their Pro-Trump Base

By Jim Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 7:30am

President Trump won the largest ever vote in US history as a Republican and as a sitting president. Trump picked up Latinos, Blacks, Gays, immigrants, and Democrat voters in the process. If not for the historic fraud President Trump would be starting his second term right now.

Liz Cheney, the third-ranked Republican in the US House of Representatives, never liked President Trump and smeared and attacked President Trump during the Democrats’ slapdash impeachment in January.

Liz Cheney refused to apologize for her vote against President Trump in the sham impeachment. She continues to smear the Republican president then and now.

91% of Republican voters would vote for President Trump again today.

Only 13% of Wyoming Republicans would vote for Liz Cheney today.

Only the GOP would keep someone in leadership who has a 10% approval rating among her own voters. https://t.co/NsGfaaJfq9
— Emerald Robinson ✝ (@EmeraldRobinson) February 4, 2021

Earlier this month Kevin McCarthy stood with Liz Cheney and NOT Republican voters and defended the Wyoming Republican for her despicable impeachment vote and attacks on President Trump.

Liz Cheney held on to her position in House Leadership following a secret ballot.

Republican lawmakers chose Liz Cheney over their voters.

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On Saturday Republican leader Mitch McConnell trashed President Trump following his second impeachment acquittal by the US Senate.

McConnell brutally slammed President Trump following his acquittal.


McConnell and the GOP elites (GOPe) worked against President Trump for years preventing him from passing his wildly popular agenda to protect America, its workers, and its citizens.

As reported earlier, McConnell did not hold back as he ripped Trump apart for a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and attempting to “overturn the election.”

He claimed that the protesters stormed the Capitol because they had been “fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on earth,” and that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

And then Mitch McConnell suggested that President Trump can still be charged in the criminal justice system!

Republican lawmakers are making it clear where their allegiances lie — and it’s NOT with their voters.
 

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Following Acquittal President Trump Is Set to Reemerge – Will His Plans include Republican Party and Its Backstabbers?

By Jim Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 7:50am

After surviving his second junk impeachment attempt by Nancy Pelosi and her band of wild-eyed Marxists, President Trump is reportedly set to reemerge.

Trump remains hugely popular with the Republican base. But the GOP elites are openly working to destroy him and his movement.


Mitch McConnell called for criminal prosecutions against President Trump. Not one single Republican senator spoke out against McConnell and remain more loyal to McConnell than the former president.

House Republican members made it clear where their loyalty lies when they voted for Liz Cheney over President Trump after she voted to impeach Trump and continues to smear him on national TV.

The Republican Party is a mess. They did little to nothing to defend this president when it was OBVIOUS to Trump voters that the election was stolen.

This website, The Gateway Pundit, did more to assist Trump than the GOP did over the past three months.

Despite the challenges ahead, Trump voters remain loyal to President Trump and his mission to make America safe, prosperous and free from the communist assault.

The President’s first work should be to eliminate the backstabbers from the Grand Old Party or to take their voters and launch a new populist party.


Via The AP.
Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidency life. Feeling emboldened by the trial’s outcome, he is expected to reemerge from a self-imposed hibernation at his club in Palm Beach, Florida, and is eyeing ways to reassert his power.
But after being barred from Twitter, the former president lacks the social media bullhorn that fueled his political rise. And he’s confronting a Republican Party deeply divided over the legacy of his jarring final days in office, culminating in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Searing video images of the day played on loop during his impeachment trial, which ended Saturday.

Trump remains popular among the GOP base, but many Republicans in Washington have cooled to him. Never before have so many members of a president’s party — seven GOP senators, in his case — voted for his removal in a Senate trial…

…Sen. Lindsey Graham, who spoke with Trump on Saturday night, acknowledged that Trump is “mad at some folks,” but also “ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party” and “excited about 2022.”
In their conversations, Graham has stressed to Trump, who has threatened to start his own party to punish disloyal Republicans, that the GOP needs him to win.
 

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And these bits of censure against the 7 senators is again why we should revoke the 17th amendment.
 

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Dem Rep. Dean on Impeachment: ‘History Will Record That McConnell Is Guilty of a Disgraceful, Disgraceful Dereliction of Duty’

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Monday, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) sounded off on the Senate impeachment acquittal of former President Donald Trump.

Dean, a House impeachment manager, said history “will record the shame” and “the disgraceful nature” of Trump’s presidency. She added history would also record that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is “guilty of a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty” for voting to acquit Trump despite criticizing the former president for his “disgraceful dereliction of duty” over his actions on January 6 that led to the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“I hope that history will record that a majority of the Senate — 57 senators — stood and issued their verdict of guilty of this president of high crimes and misdemeanors. It did not meet the constitutional threshold of two-thirds, but it was the most bipartisan impeachment in history,” Dean told CNN’s “New Day.” “I think history will record the shame, the disgraceful nature of this presidency and certainly that he was impeached twice.”

“I stood in the chamber after the closing arguments as they voted,” she added. “And each senator literally stands and says his or her verdict. So, we watched as Mitch McConnell stood and said not guilty, and then within minutes, he stood in that same place and said there is no question that Trump is practically and morally responsible, and he called the president’s actions a ‘disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.’ I think history will record that Mitch McConnell is guilty of a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.”
 

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More impeachment punishment: Michigan congressman censured by local GOP for vote against Trump

Rep. Peter Meijer defended his vote as ‘ right and necessary.’
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By John Solomon
Updated: February 14, 2021 - 11:22pm

Another GOP congressman who supported former President Donald Trump’s impeachment is facing shaming.

The Calhoun County Republican Party in Michigan has voted to censure Rep. Peter Meijer for his vote to impeach former Trump. The censure came Thursday, two days before the U.S. Senate acquitted Trump.

“As our membership diligently debated what course of action to take in this matter, it ultimately came down to the fact that, without so much as a hearing, with few settled facts at your disposal, no due process, and with a key charge of the impeachment resolution that you clearly disagreed with, you still chose to join Democrats in a partisan rush to judgment in an attempt to remove a president that was already set to leave office in just seven days,” the censure measure stated.

Meijer shrugged off the vote.

“It’s not a surprise,” Meijer told radio station WZZM. “This was not a decision that we expected would be politically popular. We made the decision based on what we thought was right and necessary and where we think accountability should lie for uthe events of January 6th.”
 

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Dems come under fire from both sides after switching stance on witnesses in Trump impeachment trial

'This is retreat. White flag. Malpractice,' Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green tweeted; while GOP Rep Bill wrote: 'This is a mess!'

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By Alex Nitzberg
Updated: February 14, 2021 - 1:10pm

Democrat impeachment managers came under fire from both sides of the political spectrum for switching course on whether to call witnesses during the Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Former President Trump was acquitted 57-43 on Saturday in the Senate.

Controversy erupted over the decision to read a statement into the record from Washington state Republican Rep. Herrera Beutler, rather than depose her.

"We tried this case as aggressively as we could on the law and on the facts," lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin said, according to Fox News. "We got from the president's lawyers exactly what we wanted which was the entering into the evidentiary record of the statement by our colleague Congresswoman Beutler."

Raskin added that he was able to read the statement and that it was important to the case.

"We could have had 500 witnesses and it would have not have overcome the kinds of arguments being made by Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who were hanging their hats on the claim that it was somehow unconstitutional to try a former president," Raskin said, according to the outlet.

The trial culminated with former Trump being acquitted of the single article of impeachment.

"This is retreat. White flag. Malpractice. Completely unstrategic," Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-founder Adam Green tweeted. "They just closed the door on others who may have stepped out, as @HerreraBeutler urged last night. Just when we thought Dems were being bold and strategic. This is grabbing lameness out of the jaws of boldness."

"Even if you’re convinced no testimony will change the minds of 40 Republicans — and I think that’s a fair assumption — leaving witnesses on the table is an incredible mistake," Matt Fuller of the Huff Post tweeted. "After impeachment managers presented a fantastic case, the decision to fold is what will be remembered."

GOP Sen. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee tweeted: "This is a mess! It was a last-minute Hail Mary by Democrats who have now caved and will not call witnesses after all. We should be governing, not playing games."

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McConnell’s Impeachment Ploy Was Not Statesmanship, But An Attack On The Base — And Republicans Must Remember It Well

Friday's floor speech was no quick tantrum: It was the last stupid moments of the minority leader's plan to purge the GOP of Donald Trump.

Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford
FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “got a load off his chest” with his speech closing out Friday’s second failed impeachment attempt against former President Donald Trump. “Unfortunately,” however, “he [also] put a load on the back of Republicans. That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”

Who’s responsible for that quote? It might surprise some it wasn’t Donald Trump Jr. or Rep. Matt Gaetz — it was Sen. Lindsey Graham, a moderate, hawkish Republican not up for re-election for six whole years.

“I would imagine if you’re a Republican running in Arizona or Georgia or New Hampshire, where we have a chance to take back the Senate, they may be playing Sen. McConnell’s speech and asking about it as a candidate,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And I imagine if you’re an incumbent Republican people will be asking if you’ll support Mitch McConnell in the future.”

McConnell isn’t a man used to public rebukes from the corporate wing of his party, but after the past month’s antics they are rightly deserved. Friday’s floor speech was no quick tantrum: It was the last stupid moments of the minority leader’s plan to purge the GOP of Donald Trump — a plan that began to unravel nearly immediately after its poorly conceived Jan. 12 rollout in the pages of The New York Times.

So what’s all behind this? After four years of yelling “MAGA!” while pushing his own classic, corporate Republican policies, McConnell had hoped to rid himself and his conference of the conservative populist nationalism the former president had championed and go back to the way things were. He wants a return to promising to tackle illegal immigration before winking at corporate America that nothing will change. He wants to raise money on fighting the abortion of our infants while comfortably lifting nary a finger. He wants to shrug and change the subject when asked about men dominating women’s sports and using women’s bathrooms. He wants fewer taxes and more wars. Hell, he wants someone to blame for the Republican losses in the Georgia special election, and with them the loss of his seat at the head of the Senate.

Instead, his push to impeach ended with rebuke from his own conference. Angry and embarrassed, he blamed his own colleagues as well as the former president, performing a 20-minute attack ad for the left to use on Republicans for the next election cycle and beyond.

Observers might call this stand selfless statesmanship, but a true statesman distinguishes himself from the operative, ideologue, or even philosopher by mediating between the real and ideal, prudently seeking out the possible without regard to his own interests. After five years of Russian and Ukrainian conspiracy theories and loudly cheered mob violence against Americans, Washington Democrats sought to smear the president and his supporters as the sole culprits of our divisions. They’d been hurling these accusations for years, and the terrible mob attack on the Capitol combined with Trump’s refusal to accept a finished-if-deeply-flawed election gave them the sword to make one last, unconstitutional try of it. McConnell tried to swing that sword.

“I think his speech is an outlier regarding how Republicans feel about this, “Graham said Sunday. “…The process they used to impeach this president was an affront to the rule of law…

The trial record was a complete joke, hearsay upon hearsay, and… if you use this model I don’t know how [Vice President] Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if Republicans take back the House because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open. So we’ve opened Pandora’s Box here and I’m sad for the country.”

Graham is right. The second impeachment trial was the final act in years of Democrats trying to usurp the former president and isolate and ostracize his supporters. After January’s shocking $8.3 million post-election fundraising haul — driven largely by small gifts averaging $32 a person — the decline of corporate and PAC influence in favor of base voters’ influence is starkly visible. Corporate politicians like McConnell don’t like this shift because it makes them responsible to that base, so this year, instead of trying to lead a changing party, he stamped his approval on Democrats’ attacks on it.

Far from over, as so many in power would prefer, the lines of the populist conservative fight for the Republican Party and the country are more clearly and publicly drawn than ever before.

When they eventually take back the Senate as the pendulum of voter anger inevitably swings back against the current Washington rulers, Senate Republicans would do well to remember the opening months of 2021 — and remember Mitch McConnell.
 

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The GOP must make a choice: Mitch McConnell or us

I will not support a party that is led by someone who is opposed to everything I believe in. I hope I'm not alone.

by JD Rucker
February 14, 2021

The GOP must make a choice_ Mitch McConnell or us


As far as I am concerned, the Republican Party no longer deserves my support. For years, I have fought against “RINOs” as hard as I’ve fought against Democrats because at the end of the day, they’re the same thing. They’re The Swamp. They’re the Uniparty Establishment that pretends to bicker among themselves but invariably agrees to the same failed policies that got us into the various messes we’ve been in since Ronald Reagan left office.

We enjoyed a partial reprieve during President Trump’s first term in the White House. He was not able to drain The Swamp, but he kept The Swamp at bay and took out chunks of their power, if only temporarily. Now that Joe Biden is in office, The Swamp is resurging to its previous form. But things are actually worse than a simple return to the status quo. After four years of Trump, The Swamp is no longer complacent. They’ve seen that their power can be affected if the right person is in the White House so they’re trying to prevent that from happening again. And Mitch McConnell is leading the charge.

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I’m not one who gives up easily. Since 2010, I’ve fought to bring about changes in the GOP. I started the American Conservative Movement in hopes that it would fight the onslaught of the Establishment within the GOP, but I quickly shelved it because the Tea Party formed at the same time with more momentum. It was never about personal glory; as long as someone was fighting the good fight, I had no problem being a member of another group rather than a leader in my own group. As the line goes in Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, “did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage”?

It’s time to face the facts. The GOP may be too far gone to be salvaged. They were able to easily crush the Tea Party in the aftermath of the 2016 election, but most conservatives weren’t too worried because MAGA had essentially replaced it. Two things allowed this to happen: MAGA complacency and the flaws found in disparate Tea Party factions. Now, we have to decide whether to try to fix the GOP or leave it to McConnell and his cronies for now as we play the long game.

To me, it seems apparent that the GOP will not be fixed as long as Mitch McConnell is leading it. The problem lawmakers face is that McConnell may be destroying his own reputation among the conservative base, but he still wields tremendous power over the electoral futures of Republican candidates. His control over various PACs and localized kingmakers means crossing him can be career suicide for both current and future GOP candidates. Some estimates I’ve seen put his fingers in nearly a quarter of the GOP megadonors’ pockets. As long as he controls the GOP purse strings, he controls the electoral narrative.

We are going to relaunch the American Conservative Movement in the coming weeks. We had made the decision last summer to suspend it temporarily so we could focus our efforts on reelecting President Trump and other conservative Republicans. Because its initial revival last year was so close to the election, it could not yield results in time. We need this organization to be playing the long game, but the 2020 election was too crucial for us to spend our efforts building for the years to come. We were needed in the here and now, so we put the ACM on hold.

The GOP has to make a choice. If the greater party structure is going to fall in line with McConnell’s false brand of conservatism, then there’s nothing the Tea Party or the ACM or anyone else can do to fix it from within. And as much as we’d love to look at a new party, the only way that can be successful is if Donald Trump puts all of his weight behind it. If he’s going to try to fix the GOP, as seems to be the case, then the best way we can support him is to leave the GOP altogether until he fixes it. That may sound counterintuitive, but stay with me on it…

Assuming Donald Trump is forming a new faction within the GOP, our support must come in the form of embracing his efforts from the outside. The Republican Establishment will not feel the pressure from us as long as we’re still registered as Republicans. They definitely will not feel the heat as long as our dollars are still flowing to the party and its affiliated PACs. If Donald Trump puts together an official organization, then that will deserve our support. In the meantime, we need to put our time and treasure into outside conservative efforts.

We need to make our voices heard on this issue. That means we need to actively oppose whoever and whatever McConnell supports. Even though the election is just over three months behind us, primary season is already getting started. McConnell will embrace the Establishment Republican candidates he can control, which means we must put all of our support behind conservative candidates who oppose his efforts. As Todd Starnes Tweeted:
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There is no longer a single GOP. There are McConnellite Establishment Republicans and there are conservatives. The two must remain separate until one of them is abolished. I will not be a Republican under Mitch McConnell.
 

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Stephen K. Bannon said the start to taking back the Republican Party is getting rid of Mitch McConnell.

“Mitch McConnel has got to go,” he said. “He’s a poison.”

Bannon laid out a political road map during a speech to Boston Republicans on Saturday. Bannon explains how Republicans can take back their party, back the House in 2022, and the White House in 2024: sticking with Trump.

“[McConnell] doesn’t want any MAGA senators,” Bannon said. “You have to remember, in 2016 it was Trump who dragged [Richard] Burr across the goal line. It was Trump who dragged [Roy] Blunt across the goal line. It was who dragged [Ron] Johnson.”

“Mitch McConnell is not leader if it’s not for Donald Trump,” he said.
 

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Stephen K. Bannon said the start to taking back the Republican Party is getting rid of Mitch McConnell.

“Mitch McConnel has got to go,” he said. “He’s a poison.”

Bannon laid out a political road map during a speech to Boston Republicans on Saturday. Bannon explains how Republicans can take back their party, back the House in 2022, and the White House in 2024: sticking with Trump.

“[McConnell] doesn’t want any MAGA senators,” Bannon said. “You have to remember, in 2016 it was Trump who dragged [Richard] Burr across the goal line. It was Trump who dragged [Roy] Blunt across the goal line. It was who dragged [Ron] Johnson.”

“Mitch McConnell is not leader if it’s not for Donald Trump,” he said.
McConnel, Romney, just to name a couple.
 

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Mitt Romney Could Soon Pay the Price for Voting to Convict Trump

By Jack Davis

Some Utah Republicans are rumbling in disgust over Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

Although seven Republicans sided with Senate Democrats and voted to convict Trump, the total was far short of the number needed for conviction. Romney had also sided with Senate Democrats in Trump’s 2020 impeachment trial.

Louisiana Republicans have rebuked Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote against Trump, and pressure is building in Utah for some similar action, according to KUTV.

“I’ve gotten phone calls and emails, and I’m seeing a lot of chat on Facebook that people want to do a measure of censure against Sen. Romney, like we’ve seen against Liz Cheney in Wyoming, and the senator down in Louisiana,” said Bob McEntee, a member of the Utah Republican Party’s State Central Committee.

Brandon Beckham, a GOP State Central Committee member who supported censuring Romney over his 2020 vote, said he “absolutely will” vote to censure Romney for this latest action if the party puts the question up to a vote.

“If the Republican Party doesn’t respond here in Utah, then we look weak, we look complicit. We aren’t doing our job,” he said.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a petition to censure Romney is making the rounds among Utah Republicans. The petition reportedly slams Romney for “embarrassing the state of Utah” and says that he “appears to be an agent for the Establishment Deep State.”

Republican Richard Ott made the case for censure in an Op-Ed for The Tribune.

“Granted, Romney was right in the middle of the capitol riot. His life was in danger and was protected by a courageous police officer. He has been the subject of many personal Twitter attacks from Trump. It is also a fact that a majority of Utahns are not Trump supporters so, by voting with the Democrats, Romney could reasonably say he was representing his constituents,” Ott wrote, setting up his argument. “So why did Sen. Mike Lee not vote with the Democrats as well?”

Ott then said the trial was an unconstitutional political exercise and should have been judged as such.

“Because the whole thing eroded the Constitution. Everything from free speech to due process to impeaching a president who had already been voted out by the voice of the people. It all shredded the Constitution,” he wrote.

“Both senators took an oath to the constitution. One kept his oath. One didn’t.”

Ott said the impeachment vote raises questions about what Utah Republicans stand for.

“Now my question is can we trust the state Republican establishment to protect our constitutional rights? Will our governor and state elected officials stand up to any potential unconstitutional federal overreach? By remaining silent, my feeling is the answer is no,” he wrote.

“It is not about Trump. It is about the Constitution. It is about our rights to be free from tyranny. Romney failed the test and if our state party does not hold him accountable then they are failing the test as well.”

Ott said state Republicans need to show they support the Constitution.

“It is my opinion that the state Republican Party should move to censure Romney and take away all financial support. They should also immediately find a strong constitutional candidate to start a primary campaign to make sure Mitt is relegated to one term. That is all he needs as I think he has accomplished what he set out to do,” he wrote.

Utah GOP Chair Derek Brown said the statewide party is not issuing a comment about Romney’s vote.
 

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Romney Shows His True Colors, Reveals The Real Reason He Voted To Convict Trump
byMartin Walshabout 11 hours ago


BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY - 19 NOVEMBER 2016: President-elect Donald Trump & Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with potential cabinet members at Trump International. Mitt Romney after meeting

Some of the top Republicans in the government are just as bad as the Democrats which leaves many conservatives with some really tough choices.

On Friday, seven Republican senators exposed themselves as swamp creatures when they sided with the Democrats and voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.

Among them was Utah Sen. Mitt Romney who became the only senator in history to vote to remove a president of his own party two times, The Daily Wire reported.

“After careful consideration of the respective counsels’ arguments, I have concluded that President Trump is guilty of the charge made by the House of Representatives. President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state,” he said.

“President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well-known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol. Each and every one of these conclusions compel me to support a conviction,” he said.

And it is not the first time Romney exposed himself as who he really is. The senator and former Republican nominee for president led the charge against President Trump during his first impeachment.

In a speech in the Senate Romney gave his reasons for voting to impeach the president the first time.

“The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious,” he said in the Senate during the first impeachment. “As a senator juror, I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious, my faith is at the heart of who I am.”

“I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” the senator said. “I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.”

“The grave question the Constitution tasks Senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to a level of a high crime and misdemeanor,” Romney said. “Yes, he did. The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president’s purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of appalling abuse of public trust. What he did was not perfect, no, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values.”

“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destruction violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine,” he said. “I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the president from office.”

This is who Romney is. A political opportunist who will say and do anything to elevate himself. He is likely still smarting from his defeat to former President Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Add to that the fact that he watched a political novice and businessman, Donald Trump, d what he could not do and attain the presidency, and what you get is a bitter man.

Romney is part of the old guard. The Republicans who get together with Democrats in smoke-filled rooms and make deals that affect your life.

The new Republican Party, the one led by former President Trump, does not apologize for being conservative and does not make deals with people who want to sell our nation to the highest bidder.

That is what Romney cannot get past and it is why he continues to expose himself as a swamp creature.
 

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Mitch McConnell Deployed His Anti-Trump Ploy in The Exact Same Manner He Deployed Against The Tea Party…

Posted on February 15, 2021 by Sundance
An interesting, insightful and accurate article from Christopher Bedford in The Federalist [SEE HERE] outlines how Mitch McConnell delivered his impeachment floor speech as a ploy to destroy the MAGA movement. Bedford notes how Senator Lindsey Graham even outlined how McConnell’s attack was purposefully written and delivered to give any Democrat opponent in 2022 ammunition against Republican senators up for re-election.

However, what Bedford and Graham did not directly speak about is: (a) the historic pattern within exactly what Mitch McConnell did; and (b) the motive for him doing so.

Several DeceptiCon senators have already announced they will not run for re-election in 2020 [Shelby, Toomey, Burr, Portman and Johnson]. In the 2022 Senate races there are 34 seats up for grabs. 14 are held by Democrats and 20 are held by tenuous Republicans. [Breakdown Here] Due to vulnerability, their lack of support amid the republican base, and their insufferable 2020 behavior outing them as DeceptiCons it is almost guaranteed the GOP will lose seats in the 2022 mid-term election. Those exiting senators, among others, know what McConnell’s objective is. They also know this time the damage is far greater than previous times McConnell set about to destroy the base of the party.

Most casual political observers have absolutely no idea how McConnell works. However, for over a decade CTH has been trying –mostly failing– to awaken the base of common sense voters. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the #1 priority for McConnell was to destroy the threat represented by the Tea Party. In 2022 we are seeing an exact replay of the same intents and purposes, only this time the target is President Trump’s MAGA movement.

It is a motive and agenda all wrapped up in the senate power structure. McConnell does not fear being in the minority; the color of the flag atop the spire of the UniParty senate does not matter to those underneath it. McConnell maneuvers with just as much power in the minority as he does in the majority; factually, he makes more money selling his DeceptiCon caucus votes to Chuck Schumer (on behalf of Wall Street) than he does in the majority where he is forced to purchase them. The entire thing is a rigged-game.
THE FEDERALIST – […] “So what’s all behind this? After four years of yelling “MAGA!” while pushing his own classic, corporate Republican policies, McConnell had hoped to rid himself and his conference of the conservative populist nationalism the former president had championed and go back to the way things were.
He wants a return to promising to tackle illegal immigration before winking at corporate America that nothing will change. He wants to raise money on fighting the abortion of our infants while comfortably lifting nary a finger. He wants to shrug and change the subject when asked about men dominating women’s sports and using women’s bathrooms. He wants fewer taxes and more wars. Hell, he wants someone to blame for the Republican losses in the Georgia special election, and with them the loss of his seat at the head of the Senate.
Instead, his push to impeach ended with rebuke from his own conference. Angry and embarrassed, he blamed his own colleagues as well as the former president, performing a 20-minute attack ad for the left to use on Republicans for the next election cycle and beyond.” (read more)
Through his power structure, McConnell directly controls about 8 to 15 republican senators; we have called them “The Decepticons” for years. [Cornyn, Thune, Porter, Blunt, Portman, Burr, Barasso, Crapo, Murkowski, Gardner, Roberts, Sasse, Tillis, Rubio, Graham and Romney]
McConnell has a well-used playbook he deploys to retain power at all costs and select candidates that will be indebted to his Senate schemes. Senate candidate Doug Collins was up against the same Mitch McConnell machine readers here are very familiar with.

To remind ourselves how Minority and Majority Senator McConnell took down the threat of the Tea Party revisit these old articles: CNN Part I and CNN Part II both showcase how McConnell works. Then do some research on how McConnell worked with Haley Barbour in Mississippi [SEE HERE].

For those who follow the deep weeds of politics, McConnnell’s schemes are brutally transparent. For the remaining 97% of the voting electorate, they still don’t understand how the UniParty works. Decepticon leader McConnell doesn’t want the American electorate to see purchased senate republicans voting NO on border security.

Consider Senator Mitch McConnell telling the President of the United States that he had “excessive expectations” because President Trump doesn’t understand how things are done around here:
“A Congress goes on for two years. Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point.”
“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before, and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the Democratic process.”
~ Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell
That rebuke irked President Trump, as it should. President Trump responded via twitter: “I don’t think so”…


McConnell must preserve the trough – Corporations (special interest group) write the legislation. Lobbyists take the law and go find politician(s) to support it. Politicians get support from their peers using tenure and status etc. Eventually, if things go according to norm, the legislation gets a vote.

Within every step of the process there are expense account lunches, dinners, trips, venue tickets and a host of other customary financial way-points to generate/leverage a successful outcome. The amount of money spent is proportional to the benefit derived from the outcome.

When a House or Senate member becomes educated on the intent of the legislation, they have attended the sales pitch; and when they find out the likelihood of support for that legislation; they can then position their own (or their families) financial interests to benefit from the consequence of passage. It is a process similar to insider trading on Wall Street, except the trading is based on knowing who will benefit from a legislative passage.

Yes, Democrats are the opponents; they are ideological enemies to freedom. However, the far more urgent MAGA enemy is Mitch McConnell; the man who built the Trojan Horse.

 

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Pennsylvania County GOP Censures Sen. Toomey for Impeachment Vote
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Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. (Stefani Reynolds/AP)
By Brian Trusdell | Monday, 15 February 2021 07:37 PM

Republicans in York County in Pennsylvania rebuked Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, censuring him within hours of Trump's acquittal.

"For the past four years, Sen. Toomey sat silently as a hyper-partisan Democrat Congress relentlessly attacked President Trump, impeaching him twice on fabricated charges," Pennsylvania state House Rep. Dawn Keefer said in a release issued by the York County GOP. "Given his recent support of the second unconstitutional impeachment effort against a president, who is no longer in office, the York County Republican Committee has reached the limits of its frustration."

The release said the vote to censure Toomey was near unanimous.

Toomey was one of seven Senate Republicans to vote to convict, an effort that fell 10 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed.

"It is so sad that Sen. Toomey has never attempted to reach out the York county Republican Party to justify his vote to proceed with the House's impeachment of President Trump without an investigation evidence or due process," York County GOP Chairman Jeff Piccola said. "After weeks of ignoring his constituents, he has now demonstrated a lack of respect for our Constitution and the people who placed him into office. His participation in and support of a kangaroo court trial created by crazed, partisan Democrats, over which the Supreme Court chief justice refused to preside, is insulting to all Pennsylvanians."

Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump, in addition to the seven Republican senators, nearly all of which have been faced condemnation from local party officials.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was asked to resign by Wyoming state Republican officials as well as county officials after she voted to impeach.

York, a county of nearly a half million people in south central Pennsylvania, is overwhelmingly Republican with all but one county-wide office holder from the GOP and all but one representative to the state legislature a Republican.

The 59-year-old Toomey, who represented the state's 15th Congressional District when it was centered in the Lehigh Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania, has said he will not seek reelection in 2022.
 

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I'm actually hoping that President Trump decides to start a Patriot's Party. Of course, the current administration will immediately declare its followers violent extremist. So be it.
 

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Pennsylvania Republican Party Plans Meeting to Discuss Possible Censure of Never-Trumper Pat Toomey over Impeachment Vote

By Jim Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 7:01pm


On Saturday Senator Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania was one of seven Republicans to vote to impeach private citizen Donald Trump.

Already the Pennsylvania Republican Party is looking to censure the Never-Trump senator.


The Pennsylvania Republican Party shared their disappointment with Senator Toomey on Saturday night.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
Pennsylvania Republicans are heaping condemnation on Sen. Pat Toomey after their GOP senator voted to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, signaling how fealty to the former president has come to define the party.
Republican state party chairman Lawrence Tabas has advised committee members that he will soon call a meeting to “address and consider actions related to the impeachment vote.” Though the notice didn’t specifically mention Toomey, four party insiders said Monday that there’s growing momentum behind a push to censure the senator.

County parties across the state are already doing so.

“The York County Republican Committee condemns, in the strongest terms, the actions of United States Senator Patrick Joseph Toomey, Jr. for his failure to defend the Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees,” read one censure resolution, passed Saturday before Toomey even voted to convict Trump.
 

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UPDATE: Trump Attorney Michael Van Der Veen Says He Sent His Children to Secretive Location, Has Hired Armed Guards at Home and Work due to Threats (VIDEO)

By Jim Hoft
Published February 15, 2021 at 9:45pm


Attorney Michael van der Veen joined Rob Schmitt on Newsmax TV on Monday night following his big victory Saturday defending the President of the United States.

Schmitt asked Van der Veen about reports that his home was attacked.

Van der Veen said he had to send his kids away for their protection.
Rob Schmitt: They spraypainted “traitor” on your driveway… Tell us how you’re doing.

Michael Van Der Veen: We had a lot more than that happen to our home. We’re doing fine. I moved my children to a secretive location. We’ve hired armed guards to protect our places of living and working. And we’re doing fine. My family understands and my law firm understands that we fight on the side of right.
Via Rob Schmitt Tonight:

View: https://youtu.be/WgmGulmN7hg
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Maine GOP to discuss possible censure of Sen. Collins for vote to convict Trump

A group of 16 Maine county Republican chairs are set to meet Monday night over how to 'respond' to Sen. Susan Collins' vote to convict former Pres. Donald Trump.


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Author: Zach Blanchard (NEWS CENTER Maine), Gabrielle Mannino (NEWS CENTER Maine)
Published: 5:16 PM EST February 15, 2021
Updated: 5:19 PM EST February 15, 2021

The Maine Republican Party appears to be taking aim at Sen. Susan Collins over her vote to convict former President Donald Trump.

Collins was one of seven GOP senators to vote against their party in what is now being called the most bipartisan impeachment trial in our nation's history.

The heads of county Republican committees across the state are scheduled to meet Monday night to discuss how to "respond."

“I do know that a lot of people and are asking the GOP to do something," Helen Tutwiler, chairwoman for the Kennebec County Republican Committee told NEWS CENTER Maine. "What exactly that is, I’m not sure.”

Tutwiler said she was personally disappointed in Collins' vote against the former president, but would wait to "hear all sides" before making a final decision.

The Maine GOP has not yet released a formal statement in regards to the vote.

Executive Director Jason Savage confirmed Monday night's meeting Monday, but said any comment will wait "after matters are discussed by the county chairs."

NEWS CENTER Maine received several emails from angered constituents, including some who threatened to withhold future donations from the Maine GOP if it does not vote to censure, which is a formal statement of disapproval and essentially a public slap on the wrist.

However, it is unclear just what implications a censure by the 16 county chairs would have given that Collins was just re-elected to the U.S. Senate.

Collins defended her conviction vote on the Senate floor Saturday.

"My vote in this trial stems from my own oath and duty to defend the Constitution of the United States," she said.

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Collins joined Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania in voting to convict.

All of them are now facing some kind of backlash from their state Republican officials who still remain loyal to Trump and still believe the election was somehow unfair.

Collins addressed that inevitable reality in her speech.

"‘Pres. Trump’s falsehoods convinced a large number of Americans that he had won and they had been cheated," she said.

So far, Cassidy and Burr have been censured by their states' Republican parties.

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Collins was not available for comment Monday, per her spokesperson.

Watch Collins' full speech on the Senate floor here:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZxYqh6Qab8
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Mitt Romney accused of being ‘deep state’ agent in proposed censure motion

Utah Republicans seeking to punish Romney for voting to convict former President Donald Trump.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Some Utah Republicans are seeking to censure Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to convict former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial. The proposal accuses Romney of being a deep state agent and undermining Trump.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Some Utah Republicans are seeking to censure Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to convict former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial. The proposal accuses Romney of being a "deep state" agent and undermining Trump.

By Bryan Schott
| Feb. 15, 2021, 11:08 a.m.
| Updated: 2:47 p.m.

Some Utah Republicans are hoping to censure Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

The motion, being circulated on social media, says Romney failed to “represent the average conservative Utah Republican voter” and “misrepresented himself as a Republican,” when he ran for office.

The Utah Republican Party’s top leaders are not behind this effort. Instead, the party issued a statement Monday noting that both Romney and Sen. Mike Lee, who voted to acquit Trump, have faced criticism for their impeachment votes. “The differences between our own Utah Republicans showcase a diversity of thought, in contrast to the danger of a party fixated on ‘unanimity of thought.’ There is power in our differences as a political party, and we look forward to each senator explaining their votes to the people of Utah.”

The draft censure of Romney includes a list of criticisms. It says Romney “embarrassed the State of Utah” when he was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump during his first impeachment trial. Romney had voted to remove Trump for abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation into then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The censure, pushed by party insiders, then attacks Romney for opposing the effort to declare Trump’s second impeachment trial unconstitutional since Trump was no longer in office, and for voting in favor of calling witnesses. It further excoriates Romney for joining six other Republicans to convict Trump on Saturday. It takes two-thirds of senators to remove a president, so Trump was acquitted.

The censure motion concludes Romney used his “senatorial power and influence to undermine” Trump and claims “Romney appears to be an agent for the Establishment Deep State.”

Evan McMullin, a former Republican who ran for president as an independent in 2016, said he was dumbfounded by the backlash against Romney from members of his own party.

“Mitt has done more to defend the Constitution than any congressional Republican in modern history. He is serving the country and doing more to defend liberty than anyone else,” said McMullin. “We need to stand with him.”

McMullin, a frequent critic of Trump during his time in office, said Romney’s courage should be celebrated, not condemned.

“There is a tremendous need and opportunity for Utah to lead on this. There are plenty of good Republicans in Utah who are committed to the founding principles of our country, the very same kind of leadership Mitt is offering right now,” McMullin said. “This isn’t about Republicans, Democrats or independents. It’s about putting the country and Constitution first.”

Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown says he’s aware of the censure motion but has not seen it yet.

“I’ve been saying the best censure occurs at the ballot box,” says Brown, a reference to 2024, when Romney would face reelection.

In 2020, Romney was the first U.S. senator in history to vote to remove a president of his own party from office during Trump’s first impeachment trial. Following that vote, the Utah Republican Party Central Committee considered several proposals to punish Romney. Instead, the group passed a watered-down resolution praising Trump.

“There wasn’t enough support to censure Sen. Romney a year ago,” Brown said. “The impact of these kinds of resolutions has been minimal.”

The Utah GOP Central Committee is not scheduled to meet again until June and Brown says he’s got more important issues to tackle as party chair.

“My focus is retaining the people who joined the Utah Republican Party this past year and reaching out to those who have left the party in order to bring them back,” he said.

The backlash against Romney’s vote from some element within the Utah GOP is not confined to censure. Some pushed an online petition calling for Romney to resign following the first impeachment trial last year and it bubbled up again over the weekend.

Longtime GOP activist Janalee Tobias pushed out the old petition Sunday where it quickly gained traction in some social media corners.

“This is the second time he (Romney) has betrayed the people of Utah,” said Tobias in a phone interview Monday. “We assumed since he was a Republican presidential candidate, he would be a loyal supporter of President Trump.”

According to FiveThirtyEight analysis, Romney voted with Trump’s agenda nearly 80% of the time. Despite that level of support, the 20% apostasy from Romney is too much for Tobias.

“Utah is a red state. We elected Mitt Romney to be a part of the red team,” she said. “Trump is the quarterback of the red team. Romney has decided to play for the blue team, and he should resign.”

Seven Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats on Saturday in voting to convict Trump for inciting the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempted insurrection. Two of those Republicans have been formally reprimanded. Louisiana’s GOP censured Sen. Bill Cassidy on Saturday and several county Republican parties in Pennsylvania have rebuked Sen. Patrick Toomey. North Carolina’s Richard Burr is facing a censure vote Monday from his state party.
 
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