The Conviction of Donald Trump: 6 Down, 11 to Go

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By Pam Pollard | Contributor — RNC Committeewoman for Oklahoma
The Senate impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump officially began Tuesday on charges of “incitement of insurrection.”
While Senate Democrats vehemently argue that Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Constitution gives them the authority to try the former President, this same Article is their greatest impediment to conviction.
After hours of opening statements, highly edited videos and debates over Constitutionality, the motion to proceed with the trial passed with 56% support, or 50 Democrats and 6 Republicans. The Clause expressly states, “no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds (66%) of the Members present”. Six Republicans sided with Democrats; they need seventeen, so 6 down, 11 to go.
Impeachment of a federal officer or president is organized much like a grand jury. The House of Representatives serves as the “grand jury” and hears evidence to decide whether to “file charges” or in this case articles of impeachment.
Nine members of Congress, hand-picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will serve as House Managers or prosecutors, and will present the case for impeachment to the full Senate. Former President Trump has a team of lawyers that will present their defense following the prosecution.
Under rules agreed upon by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team will each have 16 hours to present their arguments. If the managers decide to call witnesses in the trial, they must first get the approval by a vote of the Senate. As in a normal trial, each side will have an opportunity to present closing arguments.
Last month Sen. Rand Paul challenged the Constitutionality of impeaching a president after he has left office. The measure failed by a vote of 55-45, revealing that 5 Republicans sided with Democrats to go forward with the trial. Today’s vote of 56-44 added 1 R to the defector count.
NBC News’ latest poll revealed that 88% of Republicans support Donald Trump and oppose his impeachment. To think the trial will change the minds of 11 Republican Senators is foolhardy and at best, a desperate political move by Democrats.
The fact that articles of impeachment passed with minuscule testimony in the House reveals the Democrats’ strategy is nothing more than to inflict as much damage to Trump’s future as possible. The fear of, in 4 years, Trump running a campaign against Biden/Harris has fueled the Democrat’s impetuous attempt at impeachment.
The Democrats are unified in conviction. Their attempt to persuade Republicans so far is 6 down, 11 to go. However, it will be a cold day in Senate chambers when that will happen.

The Mote in Nancy Pelosi’s Eye

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By Pam Pollard, Contributor | RNC Committeewoman for Oklahoma

House Democrats, along with 11 Republicans, have voted to remove freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from all Congressional committees. The action was taken by Speaker Pelosi who stated she was “profoundly disturbed” by the Republican Caucus’ earlier refusal to remove Greene from the committees due to statements made months and years before she was elected to Congress.

Earlier, Republican House Caucus members met to discuss the actions of Congresswoman Greene. The meeting was private but reports state that Greene gave an impassioned testimony and an apology that was followed by a standing ovation by over half the members. Republican leaders chose not to remove Greene.

Pelosi was angered and called for a session to remove Greene. “If any of our members threatened the safety of other members, we’d be the first ones to take them off a committee,” Pelosi said. “That’s it.”

That’s it, huh?

Perhaps Pelosi should get the blue mote out of her eye before she goes after the red. Just two years ago, her fellow California Congresswoman Maxine Waters in a speech at the Wilshire Federal Building called for attacks on cabinet members and in a duly elected White House administration.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” said Waters.

I guess inciting violence is okay toward Cabinet members but not House members. You’ve got some blue mote in your eye here Mrs. Speaker.

Then there is this quote, again from Maxine Waters as she spoke about President Trump and Vice President Pence, “I say knock off the first one and then go after the second one.”

Again, it must be okay because the direct threat is not against a fellow member of the House. Is that mote blinding you, Mrs. Speaker?

Before Speaker Pelosi lectures us from on high through the Sermon of the Mount, it would behoove her to remember what Matthew 7: 1-5 taught us: be careful that you do not judge others, lest you be judged yourself.

No one, and I have asked plenty of Trump supporters, no one condones any threat made against any member of Congress, nor any government official. It is time to call on Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats to get the blue mote out of their eyes.