Impeachment Day One: Act Now
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” ― Carl Sandburg, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and journalist.
And so, on the first day of Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, the Democratic impeachment managers presented a compelling case of both facts and law, while Trump’s lawyers pounded the table and yelled, sometimes rambling to the point of incoherence. At the end of the day, the roll call vote on the constitutionality of the trial was 56-44, with six Republicans all 50 Democrats voting “Yea.” The trial will continue.
Trump is on trial for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government in order to subvert the results of a free and fair election. Make no mistake: the attack on January 6 was a prelude to attempts to replace our democratic process with authoritarian mob rule.
Trump’s Republican enablers must be held equally accountable. Contact your Representative and urge them to support and cosponsor Rep. Cori Bush’s H.Res.25, to investigate, sanction, and expel members of Congress who voted against certifying the election and otherwise aided and abetted the former president in his quest to remain in power by any means necessary, including violent insurrection.
PDA supports heroic progressives like Cori Bush. We know there can be no unity without justice, and there can be no justice without accountability. Help us maintain and expand our efforts to defend democracy of, by, and for all the people.
NB: Randy Shannon, from Pennsylvania PDA, wrote this exceptional essay on the historical resonance of this moment: Stop the Revival of Sedition