As President Donald Trump faces down a second impeachment, the embattled president is being stabbed in the back by members of his party.
Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump a second time just days before his presidency ends on Jan. 20, Axios reported.
House Republicans vote to impeach
On Wednesday, Democrats voted to impeach Trump for having incited an “insurrection” when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol last week.
The impeachment has divided the Republican Party like never before since Trump’s rise to power shocked Washington and cast aside the party’s establishment.
The pre-Trump GOP was clearly feeling its oats ahead of Wednesday’s vote, as a beleaguered Trump faced a deafening public outcry and accusations of having enabled “terrorism.” In the end, only ten House Republicans broke ranks and voted to impeach (although it’s 10 more than the last time.)
“The President of the United States summoned his mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WI), who decried Trump’s “betrayal” as the worst of any American president. Besides Cheney, the ten Republicans are: Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Tom Rice (R-SC), David Valadao (R-CA), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), Fred Upton (R-MI), John Katko (R-NY), and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH).
McConnell favors impeachment?
In more dramatic news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is said to be privately savoring an opportunity to rid the GOP of an “outsider” who never really got along with the party establishment, according to The New York Times.
However, McConnell has no plans to bring back the Senate before Jan. 19, raising the unusual prospect of an impeachment dragging on after Trump leaves office.
It all adds up to a remarkable spectacle of a party at war with itself and trying to decide whether to alienate its own voter base.
Kinzinger summarized the view of the anti-Trump partisans, saying he hopes Trump’s “hardcore” supporters “start their own party” where “fascism and racism” are welcome, ABC News reported.
“She doesn’t represent Republican voters by supporting this political witch-hunt impeachment of President Trump,” Greene said. “She is not connected to the base and is voting for a hurtful lie.”