President Trump invited his supporters across the nation to attend a Washington, D.C. protest to show the Democrats that Americans would not sit idly by and watch all allegations of fraud pushed aside without a thorough investigation. Well, after the debate over the Arizona electoral count was interrupted by protesters entering the Capitol in droves, it seems safe to say, “message received.”
The president never said to storm the Hill and besiege Congress – but he did call for the protest to begin with, which appears to be enough for his detractors. What little media hate that’s left over seems reserved for those members of the GOP who dared object to the certification of electoral votes from states in which fraud has been alleged but not properly addressed.
The 25th Amendment, That Old Hat
Congressional Democrats demanded Vice President Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office – even though, unless something highly unlikely occurs, he’ll be leaving anyway in just under two weeks. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) called the president “detached from reality” and tweeted at the vice president, imploring him to try to get the president declared mentally incompetent.
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) said Trump had been “encouraging domestic terrorists since before the election.” She called on the Cabinet to remove him.
The 25th Amendment states:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
This is not the first time President Trump has been threatened with a 25th Amendment removal. Democrats have been trying to have him labeled insane from the very beginning.
Impeachment … Again?
Many are calling for impeachment. According to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the articles of impeachment are already being drawn up. Democrats have attempted to impeach the president about as many times as they have attempted to get him removed by the 25th Amendment – and they even succeeded once, sort of. Donald Trump was impeached by the Democrat-led House of Representatives but acquitted by the Senate. Will Donald Trump make history not only as the third president to be impeached, but the first to be impeached twice? After the January 6 shenanigans at the Capitol, Democrats and the activist media seem to think Trump might actually get convicted this time and removed from office.
Despite all the barking by the establishment media, it seems quite unlikely that the Senate would vote to convict him on a second impeachment – but equally likely that the House would absolutely vote to impeach this second time. Congrats, Mr. President, you’re making history again!
Social Media Lockdown
Numerous politicians from both sides of the aisle, and the media at large, beseeched the president to appear on screen and condemn the attack on the Capitol; Trump did exactly that. But he still called the election results a sham – and that was just not going to fly with the elites of Silicon Valley. YouTube removed his video, and Twitter pulled the president’s tweets and locked his account.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter revealed in a statement. The president’s account is locked for 12 hours, but the company warns that “future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies” will result in permanent suspension. Facebook followed suit quickly after, banning the president for 24 hours.
The Damage Done
But Democrats and the media – both social and mainstream news – hounding President Trump is nothing new. The true damage done may well have been that this took the wind out of the sails of many previously fired up to question fraud allegations. Sen. James Lankford’s (R-OK) impassioned objection to the Arizona electoral certification was interrupted mid-sentence by the Capitol conquest, yet when the Senate reconvened to continue, he said that he knew they wouldn’t get the desired ten-day audit now. When the objection to Arizona’s electoral count came up for vote, he did not say “aye.” Indeed, only six did. Another 93 voted “no.”
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) were the only six who voted not to certify Arizona’s electoral votes. Of the ten who signed on to Sen. Cruz’s letter, only three stayed with him. We never expected the challenge to succeed to begin with, but now most of those few who stood firm in the Senate against the blatant election fraud feel pressured to stand down.
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