At a January 2016 political rally, Donald Trump famously said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Well, what I then thought was a farfetched exaggeration by a nonsensical and unserious candidate for president has come true. Just substitute the words “The Capitol” for “5th Avenue” and “Republican Senators” for “voters.” As the house impeachment managers have shown in compelling detail Donald Trump incited and encouraged a riotous mob to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, to “fight the steal” and disrupt the Electoral College tabulation. That attack resulted in deaths, hundreds of injuries and a trashing of the icon of our democracy. It appears that 40 or so Republican senators will vote to acquit Trump in his Senate impeachment trial. Most will hide behind a specious constitutional argument that a former president cannot be impeached rather than confront the fact that Trump is guilty of the high crime and misdemeanor of inciting a violent insurrection against our democracy.
Some will argue that this was all a waste of time and money. I disagree. The bi-partisan impeachment of Donald Trump by the House of Representatives and the cogent, factual and powerful case presented by the House impeachment managers will serve as an invaluable record of the disastrous and dangerous time we have been through since Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. It is a lesson we should not soon forget.