Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) House of Representatives made history by passing an article of impeachment against then-President Donald Trump earlier this month, marking the first time that a president has ever been impeached twice.
That article will now be taken up in a trial before the Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is eager to proceed. But as Hot Air columnist Ed Morrissey argued on Friday, the chances of getting a conviction are unlikely.
Few Republicans support it
Morrissey cited an article by The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, which stated, “Only five or six Republican senators at the most seem likely to vote for impeachment, far fewer than the number needed, GOP sources say.”
“I thought if he pardoned people who had been part of this invasion of the Capitol, that would have pushed the number higher because that would have said, ‘These are my guys,’” one anonymous GOP senator said, according to Bolton.
What’s more, Morrissey speculated that efforts by Big Tech to silence Trump may have actually worked to reduce the former president’s chances of being convicted.
“Twitter and Facebook might have saved Senate Republicans by effectively gagging Trump in the final two weeks of his presidency,” he claimed.
“Had Trump continued his social-media ranting and stirred up another demonstration (or two), this situation would look a lot different,” Morrissey added.
Bar Trump from office
Also significant is that the president has already departed from the White House, leaving many to question why an impeachment trial should even be considered.
“For the most part there is a real strong consensus among our members that this is after the fact,” another Republican senator told Bolton.
“He’s out of office and impeachment is a remedy to remove somebody from office so there’s the constitutional question,” the lawmaker continued.
Despite this, Schumer and other Democrats are demanding that Trump be convicted so that a vote can be held on whether to bar him from seeking office in the future.
“After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again,” Schumer said Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported.