In what amounts to a historic betrayal of their oaths of office, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump of his impeachment charges today. Not only does it prove that the GOP cares more about maintaining power than upholding the rule of law, it ensures that an emboldened Trump will escalate his abuses of office ahead of the 2020 election. Essentially, the Republican Party has told the American people that Trump can do whatever he wants so long as his minions control the Senate. The president has been given carte blanche to run ourx Republic straight into the ground.
Already, Trump is gloating about his crooked acquittal. He took to Twitter to share a clip that he has shared in the past which shows his campaign signs stretching into the future forever. The message is clear: now that he’s proven he get can get away with directly attacking our democracy he wants to escalate things even further. He’s floated the idea of running for a third term despite the Constitutional restriction before and his circling back to the idea should be a cause for concern to every Amerian.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has already announced his intentions to affect a nightmarish scenario in which Trump could exceed the presidential term limit. Their plan seems to be claiming that he deserves more time in the Oval Office beyond the legally permitted eight years because of the investigations that Democrats launched against him and his administration. The rationale is completely ludicrous and feels much more like something out of a third world authoritarian dictatorship than the United States of America.
The fact that Republicans have not publicly denounced this idea every time it rears its head indicates that at least on some level they’re okay with the idea of a de facto monarch. Donald Trump represents a clear threat to our democracy. If he is not voted out of office in 2020 he will push the limits of his power even further and before long this country could end up unrecognizable.
America does not and never will need a king. It’s vital that we make that abundantly clear this November.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.