The day after President Trump was impeached by the House for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, questions continued to swirl about the timing and scope of an anticipated Senate trial regarding his conduct toward Ukraine.
House leaders suggested a possible delay until they can get a guarantee of a fair trial in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, in a floor speech, sharply criticized the House process as rushed and unfair and suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “too afraid” to transmit “their shoddy work product.”
Meanwhile, Trump, who is just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, praised Republican unity Thursday in opposing the move, claiming that is “what people are talking about.”
●Trump is impeached by the House, creating an indelible mark on his presidency.
●After being impeached, Trump embraces the warm bubble of a rally where he’s listened to and cheered, no matter what.
●However historic, impeachment is but a way station in the struggle over Trump’s presidency.
Trump campaign says Democrats who voted to impeach are ‘TRAITORS’
Trump’s 2020 White House campaign sent an email to supporters Thursday seeking to raise money off the president’s impeachment and describing House Democrats as “TRAITORS.”
In the email, sent under the subject line “Make them pay,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale writes that Democrats “have declared open war on American democracy,” echoing the language Trump used in his letter to Pelosi this week.
“229 Democratic TRAITORS voted to impeach President Trump for NO REASON other than the fact that they don’t like him,” Parscale writes in the letter. “The American people elected President Trump, but Democrats and the FAKE NEWS still can’t accept it.”
Trump’s campaign also seized on comments House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) made earlier Thursday on CNN. Clyburn had criticized McConnell’s recent remark that a Senate trial would be inherently political, likening the Kentucky Republican’s position to that of someone saying, “Let’s give him a trial and hang him.”
But in its tweet, the Trump campaign falsely claimed that Clyburn had said “Hang him!” in reference to Trump. “This hatred and anger is out of control!”