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In the category of: System failure
Republicans’ vote against Trump’s impeachment reveals a broken system — and a democracy at real risk of failure.
President Donald Trump deserved to be impeached over his conduct in the Ukraine affair. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did the right thing by pushing for an impeachment vote, and Democrats (all but a handful of them) did the right thing by voting to impeach.
But not a single Republican did. And the GOP’s willingness to back the president to the hilt, in spite of clear and obvious evidence of abuses of power, speaks to an urgent threat to American democracy: Our constitutional system is ill-equipped to withstand extreme polarization.
In the category of: Uncle Joe
In the category of: House rules
The Republican senator accused Nancy Pelosi of being afraid to send “their shoddy work product to the Senate.”
The top Senate Republican on Thursday denounced the “unfair” House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that “moments like this are why the United States Senate exists.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor that the House impeachment “risks deeply damaging the institutions of American government,” saying the Democratic-controlled House “has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future.”
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