US President Donald Trump has survived his impeachment trial. This ends Democrats’ vicious and malicious bid to remove him from office on fake charges which were given the verisimilitude of truth by the fake news propaganda run by the liberal media.
The House of Representatives, dominated by Democrats, had approved the articles of impeachment on December 18. The main charge was that Trump had pressured the Ukraine to malign former US vice-president Joe Biden (in the Barack Obama administration) who is also trying to get Democratic nomination for the White House.
The Republican-dominated Senate, however, acquitted Trump 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. The voting was on party lines with the exception of Mitt Romney, who was the Republican nominee for presidency in 2012. For his treachery, Romney was lauded by the liberal media—the same media that had hauled him over the coals for the crime of being a Republican.
Trump derisively tweeted: “Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election.”
While there was a defection from the Republicans, there was none from the Democratic side. Republicans were hopeful that three centrist Democratic Senators would vote in favor of Trump, but their hopes were dashed. This, however, didn’t hurt Trump.
Democrats were hoping that two other moderate Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would vote against Trump but that didn’t happen. While Trump’s removal required 67 Senators opposing him, a simple majority would have pave the path for calling witnesses and prolonging impeachment.
Trump, who has emerged stronger in his own party with his personal rating jumping to his best at 49 per cent, will be the first impeached president seeking second term. Trump, America’s 45th President, not only denied any wrongdoing but also castigated the impeachers as vindictive liars and impeachment as a “hoax.”
In a statement, his re-election campaign said, “President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people. The do-nothing Democrats know they can’t beat him, so they had to impeach him.” Further, it added: “This impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”
While some Republican senators were critical of Trump, they believed that this did not warrant impeachment. This was in line with the views of the retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Though a liberal scholar, he defended Trump. “I would be making the very same constitutional argument had Hillary Clinton, for whom I voted, been elected, and had a Republican House voted to impeach her on these unconstitutional grounds,” Dershowitz said. “I am here today because I love my country and our Constitution.”
The entire impeachment exercise was based on the assumptions of the officials who deposed against him. Dershowitz rightly underlined that the danger of basing an impeachment on assumptions, and that too on the assumption what a president was thinking when he made a controversial decision because “everybody has mixed motives.” Dershowitz said, “A constitutional impeachment based on mixed motives would permit almost any president to be impeached. How many presidents have made foreign policy decisions after checking with their political advisers and their pollsters?”
Democrats’ political strategy was not to remove Trump, for they knew it could not be done with his party’s majority in the Senate; the idea was to malign him, to show him as a mean-spirited leader who uses foreign policy levers for personal political gains. Unsurprisingly, the re-election campaign focuses on depicting impeachment as another instance of the liberal-dominated Washington establishment to boot out the President using means fair and foul, mainly foul.
The charge against Trump was that he asked the Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The US President made, the accusation goes, the $391-million security aid to Kyiv contingent upon the probe. Hence the quid pro quo.
The Democrats alleged that, on a phone call on July 25, 2019, Trump asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to “do us a favor.” The assumption was the “us” meant the Trump team, not the United States of America. An anonymous government whistleblower filed a complaint against the President, following which Democrats began a probe in September. In the process, they compiled a massive report, running into 28,000 pages.
It is astonishing that Democrats found nothing wrong in Hunter Biden’s engagement with the Ukraine’s most corrupt company, Burisma, from which he got millions of dollars despite having no competence or experience in the oil sector in which it operated; but they found everything wrong about the probe they claimed Trump wanted to initiate into the Burisma-Bidens nexus.
Trump disputed of having asked Zelensky for any personal favor; he even declassified the transcript of his talk with the Ukraine President. But Democrats were adamant and obstinate in their pursuit of impeachment. They failed.
Quite expectedly, Democrats are furious that Trump has been acquitted. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump “an ongoing threat to American democracy.” She also accused the Senate Republicans of having “normalized lawlessness.” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that there would always be “a giant asterisk next to the president’s acquittal.” Sore losers.
Trump, on the other hand, is ebullient, especially because the economy under him is booming. The unemployment rate is the lowest in half a century; it is at the lowest for African-Americans and Hispanics. The median income has increased $7,000 in the three years of Trump's presidency, against less than $1,000 during eight years of the Obama administration. This is the reason that the Republican establishment, to which he is an outsider, supported him.
Trump’s victory is the triumph of facts over malicious propaganda.