- - Thursday, January 21, 2021

Former President Trump is the first American president to be impeached twice. The vote the second time around was 232 for and 197 against, and four no votes. The first impeachment was a partisan “nothing burger” in my opinion. The second one is also a nothing burger because it doesn’t make sense. Mr. Trump was impeached by the House without being given the chance to defend himself in the House. He can’t be convicted as a private citizen. And criminalizing political speech sets a bad precedent.

Donald Trump is the only thing keeping the Democrats and the mainstream media together, so they will continue commenting on him even now that he’s out of office. I believe impeaching Mr. Trump and censoring his allies will only make them all martyrs. Even if Mr. Trump is convicted by the Senate as a private citizen and barred from entering public office in the future his voters won’t go away. So it is foolish for Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican, to think he can purge Donald Trump and his ideology for the Republican Party.

Trumpism is here to stay. The Republican Party is now seen as the party for workers and the common man, not the party for the rich. Never Trumpers and establishment Republicans want to go back to the days of being the party for Wall Street. In 2022, many of those Republicans who vote to impeach Mr. Trump will be primaried — they’re likely to lose. A lot of Democrats in vunerable House seats will likely lose.

I and many others remain “Trumpers” because of the unfair treatment and coverage he received from the Democrats and the media. They’re all trying to send a message to anyone planning on running “from the outside” that they have to fall in line with the status quo and not challenge it. Donald Trump triumphed in 2016; clearly that was voters sending a message to the status quo that it needed to change.

TEDDYLEE GRAY



St. Ann, Jamaica

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