By Ryan Montes
For nearly 11 hours at Capitol Hill on Wednesday December 18, 2019, both the Republican and Democratic parties butted heads in frustration on the House of Representative floor as they both gave reasons as to why 45th President of the United States Donald John Trump should or should not be impeached. It almost seemed like a form of political reality show. The Republicans resorted to the “sham”, “hoax”, and “disgrace” comments to go against impeachment and the Democrats provided any factual evidence given, from the Russian scandal to the Ukrainian scandal that was just brought to life a few months ago from a whistleblower.
During the debates on the vote, Republican Congressmen of Georgia Barry Loudermilk made an extreme comment by comparing Jesus’s crucifixion to Trump’s impeachment with this statement:
“Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process.” (CNN)
In translation, Loudermilk unnecessarily exaggerated Trump’s impeachment to make it seem like he was being treated worse than Jesus Christ’s encounter with Pontius Pilate before he walked through the streets of Jerusalem with his cross to Calvary Hill. Republican Representative from Pennsylvania Mike Kelly also made a bit of an odd comment himself by comparing the impeachment to the Pearl Harbor attacks of December 7, 1941. It was just simply madness from both parties on the House floor during the debate.
Once the speaking from both the Republicans and Democrats were in the waning stages, the voting started to take place. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi began the voting on the first of two articles of impeachment, Article 1: Abuse of Power. The number of votes needed to impeach President Trump was 216. Votes that were for impeachment began coming in rapidly from the Democrats and votes that were against impeachment came in a little slower from the Republicans. After 15 minutes of voting, the total amount of votes were 230 yeas, 197 nays and 1 present. With those results, the president was impeached. He was impeached for abuse of power for his own, personal gain. Speaker of the House Pelosi made it official by announcing it to the House floor and adopting Article I by the hit of her gavel.
Next up was Article II: Obstruction of Congress. This was a five minute voting session, ten minutes less than the voting session for the first article. A similar flow of votes were coming in from the both parties. The total amount of votes for Article II: Obstruction of Congress tallied up to 229 yeas, 198 nays and 1 present voter. That was it. President of the United States, Donald John Trump was impeached on both articles of impeachment.
President Trump is now the third president in United States history to be impeached, with President Andrew Johnson and President Bill Clinton being the other two presidents to be impeached.
As the votes were going on, President Trump arrived at one of his rallies in Battle Creek, Michigan. Trump, as expected, was furious of the results of the impeachment. During his rally, he managed to tell an extremely distasteful and possibly inappropriate joke about Congresswoman Debbie Dingell’s late husband John Dingell. The reason behind the unacceptable joke? She (Debbie) supported the impeachment of President Trump. No matter who you are, that’s an extremely disgraceful thing to say or joke about.
What happens next now that President Trump has been permanently impeached? A trial in the Senate is what happens. However, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to not send the articles of impeachment until there is an assurance of a fair trial. Also, all signs point to President Trump remaining in office since the Senate majority are Republicans at 53-47. Tomorrow, December 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. ET (7:00 A.M. MT), Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell will read a very imperative speech on the next steps that should take place in the Senate trial whenever it takes place.
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