Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) offered the obvious and obligatory point of order resolution that a Senate trial of a private citizen, that being former President Trump, is unconstitutional, which it unquestionably is. The resolution failed 55-45, with every Democrat voting for the measure along with five NeverTrump Republicans: Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
This means that 55 U.S. Senators, all of whom took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, have stated on the record that they will do no such thing. Yet their votes do not decide what is constitutional. The Constitution decides. Consider: not a single Democratic Senator had the integrity, independence and courage to declare that what the Constitution says is what the Constitution says, and that the U.S. Senate should not, indeed must not, ignore it to satisfy obsessive Democratic spite. Not one.
That’s one helluva party you got there, Joe.
In addition to that,
- Since at least 17 Republican senators would need to join Democrats in order to convict Trump, the vote means that the “trial,” which has already been rejected as such by the Chief Justice declining to preside, which he could not do if the trial were constitutional, is also a waste of time. Acquittal is assured.
- Those who voted in direct contradiction of the Constitution are depending on the incompetent/ enabling news media to keep the public ignorant by failing to explain what their votes mean.
- Ironically, holding an impeachment trial, since it is a direct breach of the Constitution, is a genuine impeachable offense, unlike what the invalid trial seeks to convict the former President of committing.
- “I think a lot of Americans are going to think it’s strange that the Senate is spending its time trying to convict and remove from office a man who left office a week ago,” Sen Tom Cotton told the Associated Press yesterday. If Republicans have an ounce of competence, they will use the “trial” to explain to such Americans why Democrats think the Constitution doesn’t matter, and what the implications of that are for democracy and the nation.