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The Democrats believe Donald Trump is the key to revitalizing their party. Since Trump was elected President, they have used his figure to turn him into the supposed enemy of the nation; and, by creating a whole narrative around the former President, they managed to unite the party and grow their vote share. Trump has been very useful for the Democrats and continues to be so, now they are using him in the impeachment show.
The key question is the actual purpose of Trump’s impeachment trial. Democrats say they seek to set a precedent and prevent any president from encouraging people to what they have called an “insurrection” in the future. Some also talk about preventing the former President from ever holding public office again. All this is nothing but cheap talk.
No one in their right mind is betting that Trump will be convicted. The Democrats don’t have the votes to make that happen, as the former President will be acquitted. So the Democrats will neither succeed with impeachment in preventing Trump from ever holding public office again, nor will they achieve the supposed deterrent effect they claim to seek.
And they know all this, they are not fools and the whole move is rather obvious. This is simply a show that reinforces the Democratic party and its crazy narrative that Trump is the enemy of the nation, that his supporters must fall into the category of “domestic terrorism” and that much of the Republican party, including figures like senator Marco Rubio, is too extreme and becomes a danger to the nation.
Trump made a mistake, and rather a big one. He took hours to ask his followers to stop, but the truth is that it is outrageous to call what happened on January 6th an insurrection. However, that is exactly the idea that the Democrats want to impose with their impeachment: that Trump and a good part of the Republicans are endangering the republic. This is false! There was never a real possibility that Biden would not assume the presidency.
The decision by Congress to declare the second impeachment trial against Trump constitutional has nothing to do with the unfortunate event we witnessed on January 6th, for which, of course, those who committed crimes should be punished. What we witnessed is one more step in the Democrat strategy of delegitimizing the right and, beyond that, criminalizing it.
The vast majority of Trump voters would never behave like the group that took over Congress, and at least half the country wants to move on and move past this dark chapter and start talking about the important issues in the country. Yet Democrats are not willing to let this happen as Trump can still be taken advantage of.
And they are so skillful that they do all this show bragging about wanting to unite the country, when what they want is precisely the opposite. Polarizing is fundamental to them, it’s their strategy to divert attention from the important issues – like the madness of Biden desperately signing executive orders – while convincing more people that Trump and much of the Republican party endangers security and democracy in America.
They say they are going for unity when what they are doing is dividing; they claim that Trump voters are a danger to democracy, when TIME magazine revealed just days ago – all under the illusion that it was a heroic act – that a clique of powerful people got together “to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, direct media coverage and control the flow of information” so that Biden would win the election.
Democratic leaders are expert illusionists and the impeachment show has now well and truly begun.
Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.