Two im­peach­ment votes ac­quit Trump

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

The whirligig mat­ter of Trump’s im­peach­ment fell to the United States Se­nate floor af­ter two votes Wed­nes­day.

Fifty-two sen­a­tors sup­ported a ver­dict of “not guilty” on Ar­ti­cle 1, and 53 shouted out their “not guilty” on Ar­ti­cle II.

The first ar­ti­cle in­volved a charge of abuse of power and the sec­ond ob­struc­tion of Con­gress.

The end results were widely pre­dicted af­ter the pres­i­dent was im­peached in De­cem­ber.

In a the­atri­cal move, Utah Sen. Mitt Rom­ney voted against the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity on Ar­ti­cle 1 with a vote of “guilty.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her mem­bers also knew go­ing in, that their strat­egy was likely to re­sult in the sta­tus quo, but they con­cluded the Trump’s con­duct in a Ukraine af­fair left them no re­course but to cen­sure him in the most se­vere way they could.

On Tues­day night, Trump de­liv­ered what could jus­ti­fi­ably be called a stem-winder State of the Union speech that lasted nearly one-and-a-half hours.

He touted the na­tion’s strong econ­omy and de­lighted Repub­li­cans in the room with a se­ries of made-for-TV mo­ments.

His ea­ger sup­port­ers rose from their seats more than 100 times for stand­ing ap­plause.

At the be­gin­ning, Pelosi of­fered Trump a hand­shake that was re­jected. At the end, she tore up the print ver­sion of the speech for all to see.

Af­ter the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed two votes for im­peach­ment, Pelosi said the la­bel would cling to him for the rest of his life.

His ad­dress also laid bare his bit­ter par­ti­san stand­off with Democrats and left lit­tle doubt that leg­isla­tive ac­com­plish­ments be­tween now and the Novem­ber elec­tion will be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, if not im­pos­si­ble.

His theme was “the state of our union is stronger than ever be­fore.”

He did not men­tion im­peach­ment through­out the lengthy speech.

He did not make an overt men­tion of the 2020 elec­tion, though GOP sup­port­ers chanted “Four more years!” sev­eral times.

His teleprompt­er speech re­peat­edly cel­e­brated his record on job cre­ation and in­creased de­fense spend­ing and warn­ings about im­mi­gra­tion.

The pres­i­dent went on at­tack on the top elec­tion is­sue of health care, la­bel­ing Democrats who sup­port univer­sal health care “so­cial­ists.”

He called on Con­gress to pass leg­is­la­tion that would lower pre­scrip­tion drug prices — a big is­sue with vot­ers — men­tion­ing a Se­nate bill pro­posed by Iowa Repub­li­can Chuck Grass­ley but op­posed by Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mc­Connell.

Democrats re­sponded with chants of “HR 3,” the name of a sweep­ing bill on drug prices passed by the House in De­cem­ber that’s un­likely to move in the Se­nate.

Again and again in his speech, Trump talked about poli­cies aimed at black Amer­i­cans: His sup­port for his­tor­i­cally black col­leges, school voucher and “op­por­tu­nity zone” tax breaks for in­vest­ment in des­ig­nated low-in­come neigh­bor­hoods.

Near the end of the speech, the pres­i­dent’s wife Me­la­nia, fixed the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom around the neck of Rush Lim­baugh, a con­ser­va­tive talk ra­dio host, who has re­vealed that he has ad­vanced lung can­cer.

Trump wins two “not guilty” im­peach­ment votes in the U.S. Se­nate on Wed­nes­day, fol­low­ing a lengthy State of the Union ad­dress on Tues­day night.

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