When it comes to the math of impeach, much has been made about the congressional Democrats who were elected in districts that heavily favor Donald Trump.
As is always the case, it is these “swing” districts that will become the focus of our political might in the coming weeks, not only due to the 2020 elections looming high over the horizon, but also due to the inevitable votes on the subject of impeachment that will occur in the House and Senate that will soon be upon us.
For Freshmen Democrats who find themselves in these hotly contested regions, the question of whether or not to support Trump’s impeachment has been weighing heavy.
We now know how at least one of these precariously perched politicians will vote.
Rep. Slotkin wrote an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, explaining how she decided to back impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The Michigan Democrat, a former CIA officer, said, “President Trump used the power of the presidency for his own benefit, to give himself some advantage in the very election that would determine whether he remained in office.”
Slotkin would go on to address the two articles of impeachment directly in her op-ed.
On abuse of power: I believe that the President illegally solicited the help of foreigners to influence the American political process. On September 19, the President’s lawyer announced proudly on live TV that he had encouraged Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. On September 22, in response to a reporter’s question, the President affirmed it. The President later went on to encourage China to “investigate” his political rival, doubling down on it when asked by reporters.
These first-person statements, on top of the raft of first- and second-hand accounts provided in sworn testimony, paint a clear picture of a president abusing the power of his office for personal political gain.
And if a President admits that he’s done it, and solicits additional help from even more capable foreign governments, then isn’t it our constitutional duty to provide a clear response to that abuse of power? Our democracy is in danger if this behavior becomes the new normal.
As of this time, there are no indications of any movement from the right side of the aisle on impeachment, and Slotkin’s statement is just another indicator that Trump will likely be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.
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