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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Rashida Tlaib was right: We impeached the motherfucker

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 8:13 AM

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Less than a year after Rep. Rashida Tlaib famously promised that she'd "impeach the motherfucker," it has now officially happened. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump, marking only the third time in history a president has been impeached.

The only thing Tlaib was wrong about is how exactly Trump would be impeached. In January, Tlaib, a lawyer, and John Bonifaz, also a lawyer, published a joint-byline op-ed in the Detroit Free Press outlining their case.

According to Tlaib and Bonifaz, Democrats had a veritable laundry list of impeachable offenses committed by Trump as of January 2019 to work with, including "obstructing justice; violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power; directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes; advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of the laws; ordering the cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families at the southern border; and conspiring to illegally influence the 2016 election through a series of hush money payments."



Why the Democrats didn't go after any one of those violations earlier is a question for another day. Instead, House Democrats approved just two articles of impeachment against Trump — abuse of power and obstructing a congressional inquiry into the abuse of power — both stemming from a whistleblower complaint that Trump solicited foreign aid from Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.

On the House floor, Tlaib made this statement:

"I rise today in support of impeachment. I learn so much every single day from my residents at home. Their common sense and understanding of what is right and wrong is centered on why they oppose any person using the most powerful position in the world for personal gain. We honor our veterans in this chamber almost on a daily basis, but do we ever follow their lead where we serve the people of the United States and uphold the Constitution not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans? We should learn from their sense of duty and responsibility to country and democracy, not political party. Doing nothing here, Madame Speaker, is not an option. This is about protecting the future of our nation and our democracy from corruption, abuse of power, criminal coverups, and bribery. And this, Madame Speaker, this vote is also for my sons and the future of so many generations. So I urge my colleagues to please vote yes on these articles of impeachment. With that, Madame Speaker, I yield."

The Democrats' hands were forced. Brazenly, Trump made the request to Ukraine on July 25, 2019 — just one day after special counsel Robert Mueller failed to indict the president in connection to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

It's almost as if Trump has learned nothing. Or maybe, terrifyingly, Trump has actually learned something: that he can get away with this shit as long as he has a cult of sycophants behind him.

Next, the impeachment vote heads to the Senate, which will hold a trial in January about whether to remove Trump from office — a prospect that seems unlikely to happen, as Senate Republicans appear to have decided to support Trump no matter what.

But if there's anything that Trump's unlikely presidency has taught us, it's to never say what is possible and what is not. Mass pro-impeachment protests formed across the country on Tuesday evening. It's possible more disruptive protests could cause some Senators to be swayed into abandoning their historically unpopular leader.

"When people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it, and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another president again," Trump, not a lawyer, wrote in an unhinged letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the impeachment vote.

Let's hope not. Impeachment is part of the democratic process as outlined in the Constitution — a safeguard against wannabe dictators like Trump. And we needed to impeach this motherfucker.

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