Betray Trump. The lower house of Congress voted to impeach the U.S. president. And the resolution was supported even by 10 fellow Republicans. The head of state is accused of inciting mutiny after his supporters seized the Congress building.
The promise has been fulfilled. Democrats quickly, in a matter of hours, approved an impeachment resolution. They were helped, however, by 10 Republican opponents. The same ones who had approved Joe Biden’s victory a week earlier. Five of them had publicly announced before the congressional vote that they would support impeaching Trump. Among them are high-ranking conservatives: former federal prosecutor John Katko and former Vice President Liz Cheney’s daughter. True, they do not consider themselves traitors, but rather the American president.
“Impeachment is an opportunity for all of us to break with Trump. The President of the United States is fully responsible for the riots at the Capitol. He called the crowd together and ignited the flames of hatred. This is the greatest betrayal of his office and the oath of office he took to the Constitution,” U.S. House member Liz Cheney pointed out.
“It’s true. The president is guilty. He is unfit for office and unhealthy. Now he must voluntarily or not, relinquish control of the executive branch,” said U.S. House member Adam Kinzinger.
Trump has now been charged with particularly serious crimes and “inciting a riot” against the U.S. government. The document was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Today the bipartisan House of Representatives demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States, that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that we once again honor our oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God,” noted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
To prevent Congress from being obstructed by supporters of the outgoing president, 15,000 National Guardsmen — more than the entire U.S. contingent in Iraq and Afghanistan — guarded the building. Hundreds of soldiers slept on the floor in the halls which made the Capitol look like an army barracks, according to congressmen.
The unprecedented security measures don’t seem excessive after what happened a week ago. On Jan. 6, in the first minutes of the congressional session, while votes for Biden were being counted, angry Trump supporters attacked Capitol Hill. The crowd swept away security and stormed inside the building, not even return fire could stop them.
Five people were killed in the assault, including a police officer. Democrats blamed Donald Trump for the tragedy, believing that through social media he provoked people. He was later permanently blocked on Twitter. So now still the White House host is reaching out to supporters from the White House account. And while he has previously called impeachment from Democrats a “witch hunt,” he did not comment in any way on Congress’s decision in the latest video.
“There is no excuse for violence for either the right or the left – Democrats or Republicans. Those who participated in last week’s attacks will be held accountable. Like all of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened last week by the tragedy at the Capitol,” Trump pointed out.
What the Senate will decide on impeaching Trump will be known after Jan. 19, when members of the upper chamber return from recess. By that time, Donald Trump will surely have left the White House and Joe Biden will take his place.