Have we talked about just how dangerous the Republicans’ plans are for the next few years if they manage to take control of the House and Senate? Yes? Well, it’s time to discuss it again. If Republicans manage to take over the U.S. government in the 2022 elections, they have a series of plots to make the 2020 attempted insurrection — both the violent mob attack and the efforts of legislators to falsify the outcome — disappear.
The latest of those is a piece of legislation introduced by Markwayne Mullin, a Representative from Oklahoma, who says that Trump’s second impeachment — which was for his efforts to incite an insurrection — was actually just about his “election concerns,” which he says are the same concerns Democrats voiced in 2016.
Remember when Democrats tweeted asking supporters to show up and ‘be wild’ and prevent the 2016 electoral vote confirmation, and when they tweeted out that the Vice President was a ‘coward’ for carrying out his role, after a violent armed mob had already started seeking him out? No, you don’t, because it didn’t happen — but those are the things Trump did after losing in 2020.
The legislation lists five pages of gripes about Trump’s second impeachment before getting to the resolution:
Resolved, That the January 13, 2021, impeachment of President Donald John Trump is expunged, as if such Article had never passed the full House of Representatives, the facts and circumstances upon which such Article was based met the burden of proving neither that President Trump committed ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors’, as set forth in section 4 of Article II of the Constitution, nor that President Trump engaged in ‘insurrection or rebellion against the United States’, such that he is forever precluded from ‘hold[ing] any office under the United States’ pursuant to section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
Though it could never pass in the current House, the document lays out a clear goal: erasing Trump’s role in the violence of January 6th, and ensuring that his support of an insurrection doesn’t prevent him from holding office again.
They’ve already proposed some outlandish notions for reinstalling him in the White House. Now they’re laying foundations to clear his path.
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