Washington D.C. – US President Donald Trump was last week impeached again by the House of Representatives.
This is the first time in the nation’s history that such an ignominy was heaped on a sitting president.
Voting 232 to 197, Trump was impeached on charges of “inciting a violent insurrection against the government of the United States” resulting in the loss of five lives including that of a police officer.
Last January 6, Trump, as shown on national television, egged on a horde of rabid loyalists to attack the Capitol and derail the ongoing certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s win as 46th president of the USA so he might remain in power, forcing senators and congressmen to scamper for safety.
Trump was first impeached by the House in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress with regard to his dealings with Ukraine to smear political rival Biden. But he was later acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate
This time around, the move appeared to have the backing of Senator Mitch McConnell, the top-ranked Republican, as a way of purging their party of the toxic Trump.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader of the House, was reportedly quite passionate in imploring colleagues to embrace the impeachment: “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation.”
During Trump’s first impeachment in 2019, Republicans stood unanimously behind Trump, but were split this time around because many of them had a first-hand experience of the terror wrought in the Capitol building by rampaging pro-Trumpers.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)