Donald Trump continues to handle his impeachment like the overgrown petulant child we know him to be.
Under the levelhanded leadership of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House of Representatives has passed two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as disgraceful a partisan hack as has ever haunted the halls of Capitol Hill has already announced his intention to hold nothing more than a sham trial in the Senate.
McConnell fully intends to ensure Trump is acquitted, with no real consideration of the allegations against the president. He’d rather undermine our democracy and enable this White House’s authoritarian tendencies than anger the MAGA movement. With that knowledge out in the open, Pelosi has decided to hold off on sending the impeachment articles to the Senate until McConnell agrees to a fair trial. In the meantime, Trump is caught in a difficult political limbo. He’s been impeached and the entire world knows it, but he has not been acquitted yet so he can’t claim vindication.
This morning, Trump took to Twitter and whined that Pelosi has carried out the “most unfair trial in the history of U.S. Congress.” Ignoring the fact that the impeachment process was not a trial and is only considered such in the Senate, there was nothing unfair about it. More than enough evidence and credible testimonies were presented, all of which indicated that Trump exploited the vast powers of the Oval Office in an attempt to strongarm the Ukrainian president into damaging Joe Biden’s 2020 prospects with a drummed up investigation.
The president went on to accuse Pelosi of “crying for fairness in the Senate.” The idea of the steely-spined Pelosi “crying” about anything in political life is a laughable image. Such a word better describes Trump’s behavior and his constant self-righteous claims of being victimized. His allegation that she is “breaking all the rules” by not sending impeachment to McConnell’s domain is patently false and especially rich coming from a man who has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the law his entire life, a disregard which has only been exacerbated since he swore to defend the Constitution as President of the United States.
He ended the tweet by saying that Pelosi will lose Congress, which is just wishful thinking on his part. Trump is incredibly unpopular and as long as sane Americans show up at the ballot box in 2020, he will be booted out of office and a Democratic president with a Congressional majority will finally set about undoing all of the damage he has inflicted on our Republic.
Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2019
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.