Democrats fall far short of votes to convict.
Mitt Romney sides with the Liberals.
The president defines his successes.
Two Congresswomen react.
(NewsReady.com) – The partisan, politically-motivated presidential impeachment process is mercifully finished. As expected, weaponizing the Constitution of the United States didn’t work out for the Democrats. As expected by everybody not suffering from severe delusions, the necessary 67 votes for conviction wasn’t even close to a pipedream at the end.
Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the single GOP vote to convict President Trump, solely on the abuse of power article. He was a candidate for the Republican Party presidential ticket in 2012 and then, starting in 2016, he became the face of the “never Trump” movement. He even ran a fake Twitter account under the pseudonym “Pierre Delecto” to vent. It’ll be up to the voters in Utah to decide if his was a vote of conscience or sour grapes.
The night preceding the historic vote that concluded a colossal waste of time and resources, President Trump gave his State of the Union (SOTU) Address. Some of the highlights of his speech include:
The president outlined the increase in productivity and jobs in America. He proudly, and rightly so, spoke of keeping his promise to replace NAFTA with the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and of staring down China over their international trade tactics.
There’s no question Trump is a strong advocate for a secure Southern border. Part of that was the recognition of the ICE agents tasked with the job.
At one point the president said:
“Last year, our brave ICE officers arrested more than 120,000 criminal aliens charged with nearly 10,000 burglaries, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 violent assaults, and 2,000 murders.”
He went on to cut through some of the rhetoric over the status of illegal immigrants in the country. Putting a real face to the pain that can be inflicted by such people.
Jody Jones, an invited guest, lost his brother Rocky when he was shot and killed by someone who should not have been in the country. His killer had been deported twice and arrested for violent crimes six times. After his release from custody the sixth time because of California “Sanctuary State” policies, the man murdered Rocky less than 24 hours later.
The president also took time to highlight the military’s efforts to eradicate terrorism. The military, acting under his orders as commander-in-chief, permanently removed two of the most violent threats from their positions as heads of terrorist groups. First was the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and then Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
As expected, the Democrats in attendance were not overly enthused by Trump’s speech. As has been the case for several decades now, those in the opposing party were subdued in their applause and ovations. But at least two went a bit further.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) walked out of the chamber while President Trump was still speaking. Perhaps since she’s an immigrant she’s unaware of the childhood axiom about sticks, stones, and words. She said she left because “…even the mention of Brett Kavanaugh for me is a trigger…”
As for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in what many are calling a childish temper tantrum, she ripped up her copy of the SOTU Address behind the president’s back:
Last night, President @realDonaldTrump delivered an inspiring State of the Union honoring so many amazing men and women in this country! This is the Great American Comeback! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/sFKZr0zhhL
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) February 5, 2020
Regardless of partisan politics, the speech brought humanity to the words. Long-time conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who had announced he has “advanced lung cancer” just the day before, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
No matter which end of the political spectrum one belongs to, one thing is a certainty: 2020 is going to be an interesting year.
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