Pressure on President Joe Biden to take a position on predecessor Donald Trump’s second impeachment has grown over the last several weeks, forcing him to finally break down and endorse the wild scramble to convict the former president.
After weeks of dithering, Biden declared on Monday that the impeachment trial of Trump “has to happen,” despite promises of unity during the lead-up to his inauguration.
So much for “healing”
Biden told CNN on Monday that the trial of Donald Trump “has to happen,” though he reportedly acknowledged that the trial will disrupt his agenda by distracting the Senate from the important business of confirming his cabinet nominees.
However, according to CNN’s White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, Biden said that not having the trial would have a “worse effect” than going forward with the event.
Biden also reportedly told CNN that even though he supports going ahead with the trial, he doesn’t believe enough Republicans will cross the aisle to convict Trump of the charges.
17 GOP Senators would have to defect to convict Trump, an unlikely scenario considering the backlash several GOP Representatives are experiencing after voting in favor of impeachment.
Biden promised in his inauguration speech that he would bring America back together and end the divisiveness of the last four years, declaring that “[T]o restore the soul and to secure the future of America – requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. Unity.”
It appears that his speech really was just words because backing an impeachment push that is highly unlikely to succeed and will surely only increase the political divide in the nation is not a unifier.
No intention of following through
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) seized on Biden’s admission on Monday, telling Breitbart that if Biden really wanted to unify the nation, he would “tell [Senate Democrat leader] Chuck Schumer to call off the dogs” and end the impeachment sham.
“It would do a lot to convince half the country that he really is serious about bringing us together,” McClintock added.
“The fact [Biden] hasn’t done that is a damning indictment of his hypocrisy in calling for unity, yet pursuing policies that are extremely divisive and downright vicious,” the California representative continued.
Of course, none of this is a surprise to Americans that have always seen through Democrat rhetoric. “[It is] the most petty, vicious, vindictive, gratuitous thing you could possibly imagine [to] impeach a defeated president, who’s already left office, on specious charges,” McClintock concluded. “It’s outrageous.”