Debates took place in the House of Representatives yesterday about the impeachment and consequent removal of Donald Trump from office. The Democratic majority and several Republicans (ten in total) agreed to condemn “hate speech” by the outgoing president and, furthermore, to vote in favor of impeachment. Nevertheless, there were representatives, including Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who were unequivocally against the impeachment and criticized the double standard for measuring violence in the House.
“I denounce political violence from all ends of the [political] spectrum. But make no mistake, the left in America has incited far more political violence than the right. For months, our businesses burned and they said nothing! On the contrary, they applauded it! They raised money for it! And they allowed it to happen in the best country in the world!”Intervention of representative in the debate on impeachment.
“Some cited the metaphor that the president lit the flame, well they lit actual flames, actual fires,” Gaetz said, “And we have to put them out”
As Gaetz delivered his speech where he pointed out the double standards for condemning violence, the Republican was booed by his Democratic colleagues.
According to the NBC News report, “When Gaetz began his speech, Representative Andy Levin, (D-MI), raised his right hand and pointed his finger at his head and spun it as if to signal that Gaetz is crazy. He then shook his head several times during Gaetz’s speech.”
Not only Gaetz has supported Trump
While Gaetz’s speech expressed unequivocal support for Trump, there was another big endorsement for the president, but only in constitutional terms.
Mitch McConnell, Republican majority leader in the Senate, anticipated Wednesday that there is no possibility of a “fair or serious trial” before Donald Trump leaves office next week, so he urged – both Democrats and Republicans – to instead focus on an “orderly transition of power.”
“Given the Senate rules, procedures and precedents governing presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial can be concluded before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” he said in a statement.
The impeachment debate took place after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence refused to bow to pressure from Democratic representatives to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Pence, just as he exercised his constitutional role when pressured by President Trump and his supporters to ignore election results, was also quite tough on the Democratic pressure and addressed a letter to Nancy Pelosi, Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives.
The Vice-President explained that just as he did not give in to pressure to exercise power beyond his constitutional authority over the election results, he would not “play political games at such a serious time for the life of our nation.”