In a weekend CNN interview, GOP Senator Mitt Romney argued that Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol protest on January 6 is impeachable. He not only supports the Senate impeachment trial, he wants to vote to impeach Trump a second time despite the fact he is now a private citizen.
Romney keeps making history, but not in a good way. At Trump’s first impeachment trial in 2020, he became the first Senator in American history to vote to convict a President from his own party. Now he’s looking for the opportunity to do it again.
Romney’s attitude seems to be, “If you can’t beat him, impeach him.” The anti-Trump Utah Republican Senator showed no compassion or even common sense in claiming the trial is Constitutional. His argument for the trial largely rested on his argument, “I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?”
To start, the Constitutional grounds for impeachment includes the person under trial being an active American President. If it’s acceptable and legal to impeach former Presidents, Republicans could have some fun the next time they are in power. They could take on Biden, Obama, Bill Clinton, and even Jimmy Carter — why not? Maybe they could even start holding mock trials for past Presidents who are no longer living!
The entire act has gone on far too long. Taking a more reasonable approach, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has labeled the impeachment trial counterproductive and stupid. True Americans heartily agree.
What’s the point of an impeachment trial against Trump after his term? The driving factor has now shifted from removing Trump from office to keeping him from ever running again. Democrats will not admit it publicly, but their greatest fear is for Donald Trump’s name to be printed on the 2024 ballot in a rematch against Joe Biden or another Democrat.
If the left can remove the competition now, it can keep the White House for another four years. If anti-competition works for the Big Tech companies Democrats support, why not try it in government?
Maybe Romney’s end game even includes another presidential run of his own. At his age, he won’t have many more chances. With Trump no longer an option, Romney might have an actual shot at the nomination in four or eight years.
God help us if this actually happens. Remember Romney versus Obama? Two nice guys at a debate talking about how to slowly destroy the nation? Obama won largely on his story as the nation’s first African-American President. Romney couldn’t even get Republicans to turn out to vote. Even in 2008, many conservatives saw him as too weak on the issues that mattered most.
Many are used to thinking of Romney as a shifty Republican, wondering, “What will Romney do next?” Now it’s clear conservatives need to watch the Trump-hater more closely, asking, “What WON’T Romney do next?”