Senator John Thune (R-SD), a coffee boy for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), said that Republican voters attempting to punish senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial are engaging in “cancel culture.”
Obviously, this man doesn’t have a clue what cancel culture is. Nobody is saying they want them silenced, and no one is saying they don’t think they should never work again. They are simply exercising their Constitutional right to decide who will represent them and their state, and if the majority of Republican voters feel that the seven turncoat GOP Senators who sided with the radical leftist Woke Supremacy mob Democrats to unconstitutionally try a private citizen for something he didn’t do isn’t their top choice then they have the right to let their grievances be heard and there is no better way I can think of to let politicians know they done screwed up than to vote them out of office.
“There was a strong case made,” Thune told the AP about the House impeachment managers’ arguments. “People could come to different conclusions. If we’re going to criticize the media and the left for cancel culture, we can’t be doing that ourselves.”
Not really. The Democrat House impeachment managers lied, they altered documents, and they withheld exculpatory evidence. In fact, legal scholars have said that had they been in a courtroom they not only would have faced disbarment but could have been charged with crimes and faced prison.
The statement from the Senate minority whip is one of the most high-profile comments on the inner turmoil going on among the Senate Republicans since earlier this week when Trump released a scathing personal statement berating McConnel. The former president called McConnell “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” and said, “if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”
Thune gave the interview to dumb down the anger among the great unwashed party faithful as a message to move on, while at the same time state and local Republican parties throughout the nation have taken action against GOP senators who sided with the Democrat lunatics to convict Donald Trump.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) faced potential censure in his home state even though he’s said he is not seeking reelection after this term. Many Pennsylvanian Republicans, myself include, wish he would run again just so that we can defeat him in a primary race. Local Republican parties have already moved against Toomey who has been a real disappointment to PA Republicans for some time. For example, Westmoreland County GOP censured Toomey while the Washington County Republican Party censured him as well.
“We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he’s doing,” Washington County GOP Chair Dave Ball told KDKA. “We sent him there to represent us.” Many DC swamp rats forget that they are elected to represent the people who elected them and not their own political ideologies or hatred for a particular president. The facts of the trial as laid out by the Democrats were bogus resembling a Soviet Union-style rigged court.
The North Carolina Republican Party has already censured Senator Richard Burr (RF-NC) who was one of the senators who voted for conviction. Burr’s vote to convict raised a lot of eyebrows by many in the GOP. Burr also said he’s not going to run for reelection.
“The NCGOP agrees with the strong majority of Republicans in both the US House of Representatives and Senate that the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former President lies outside the United States Constitution,” the state party said in a statement Monday night.
The senators who voted with Democrats to convict Trump have stood by their votes. Burr addressed the censure head-on in a statement.
“It is truly a sad day for North Carolina Republicans,” Burr said. “My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation.”
What a joke. The core principles of the Republican Party are the rule of law, the Constitution, and actually proving someone guilty, none of which was put on display during the trial by the Democrat impeachment managers. For goodness’ sake, the Chief Justice did not preside because he knew the whole thing was a sham. It wasn’t even Constitutional to try a private citizen to be removed from office when he already left office. A majority of clowns voting the trial was Constitutional is no different from a majority of people claiming McDonald’s is gourmet food. (I love McDonald’s by the way.)
Trump said in his statement this week, “… where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great again and our policy of America first.”
On Thursday, Thune argued this point, warning that if Republicans run a lot of candidates closely-aligned with the former president then they may end up sacrificing winnable seats. I know of 74 million American voters who would beg to disagree.
“At the grassroots level, there’s a lot of people who want to see Trump-like candidates,” Thune said. “But I think we’re going to be looking for candidates that are electable.” What a buffoon this man is to say something like that. Bob Dole was not electable. John McCain was not electable. Mitt Romney was not electable. America First Republicans are sick and tired of having RINO candidates forced onto them and it stops now.
I think Thune sealed his own fate when he accused the party faithful of needing candidates “who don’t go off and talk about conspiracies and that sort of thing.” Millions of Trump voters like me watched intently whistleblower after whistleblower and data experts and cyber experts testify that numerous state legislature hearings on massive amounts of election and voter fraud they witnessed and/or discovered. There was no conspiracy theory involved.
Thune a.k.a. “Mitch’s boy” will be one of the first to be targeted for a primary by Trump if he backs his promise to do so, and we know that Donald Trump goes out of his way to keep his promises.
Something interesting is happening in politics, and the indicators are everywhere that President Donald J. Trump’sAmerica First’ policies are still holding court in Washington DC, even though Democrat Joe Biden occupies the White House and Democrats hold the US House and the US Senate. For research, look no further than the troublesome RINOS who are not seeking re-election.
“Quiet Never Trumpers who have left: Lamar Alexander Quiet Never Trumpers who are leaving: Rob Portman, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Pat Toomey. Quiet Never Trumpers hoping to survive: Bill Cassidy, Mitch McConnell, John Thune. The GOP turning against Trump was a bad idea,” reported Emily Robinson, a White House correspondent.
“Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of GOP leadership, announced on Monday that he wouldn’t run for reelection in 2022 — marking the latest high-profile retirement for Senate Republicans.
“After 14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in a video.
Blunt, 71, said that he would finish out his current term, which runs through 2022. Blunt was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and previously served 14 years in the House, where he was also a member of GOP leadership,” Jordain Carney Reported, in his article, for The Hill, Roy Blunt won’t run for Senate seat in 2022.
The left feels that it is their unlimited power that has scared the Republicans off.
However, would the left have to cheat at elections if they were really that powerful and popular?
Here is Blunt, after years of hammering the working class, trying to look like a Populist to save face:
EVERYONE WANTS TO LOOK LIKE A WORKER NOW
So, think again about why Blunt and others would leave their cushy jobs now. Consider the overwhelming continuous popularity of Trump, which, no matter how hard the GOP tried, they could not persuade Americans to stop supporting him, and they could not demonize voters enough to drop out of politics. This latest defection from DC, by blunt, on the heels of other left-leaning Republicans like Richard Burr of North Carolina, is not because of the Democrats. It is not because their districts have all of a sudden turned progressive-liberal- Democrat.
The Populist movement had a taste of victory, was exposed to the corruption, and had been directed on how to fight back, and they want Trump back, or at least his populist policies.
One political watcher posted in response to the news, “Just In: Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt announces he will NOT run for re-election in 2022. This makes 4, with Burr, Toomey, and Portman. All 4 of these guys are of GOP’s earlier style – partisan, but not hyper-partisan; conservatives, not clowns. No surprise they’ve had enough.”
That is pretty typical for the left, who is nothing but hyperpartisan.
The RINO movement of going soft in the face of massive leftist power grabs is thankfully coming to an end, and it is the American people who have had enough of watching the transformation of the country happening while the RINO right appeared to be taking bribes to let it all happen, all while giving lip service that they were really upset by it.
2022 is the new 2020. Americans need to stay engaged and get engaged. Run for every office possible, including GOP party office, and get ready to volunteer for some “America First” candidates because obviously, Trump can not do all of the heavy lifting by himself.
On Monday night, Sean Hannity tore to shreds Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell on his show for the outrageous condemnation of former President Donald Trump after he was acquitted a second time during a rigged and highly unprofessional impeachment mess on Saturday.
McConnell voted to acquit Donald Trump and then proceeded to castigate him over the riot that happened at the Capitol on January 6. A lot of people feel that McConnell was trying to play to both sides of the aisle.
During his speech, McConnell accused Trump of being morally responsible for the riot that broke out and said that the only reason he voted to acquit the president was that it is unconstitutional to try a president who has already left office.
McConnell then doubled down writing on Monday, “There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone.”
How can people like McConnell, who has to have access to a television, not realize that it has already come out that the FBI gave warnings to him and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi days before the January 6 event that they had credible intelligence that there was going to be an attack with violence at the Capitol? How come neither Sgt at Arms for the House nor the Senate accepted help from the National Guard that was offered by President Trump says before January 6 and multiple times? According to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, the president offered up to 10,000 National Guard troops to protect that Capitol and the entire DC area, and each time his offers were rebuked.
“His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended,” he claimed.
McConnell said he had no ill will against the seven turncoat Republican senators who voted to convict Trump, but 74 million Americans who voted for Trump do.
Can we get something straight? Donald Trump did not incite the riot. There’s just too much evidence showing the contrary, and it’s worthless idiots like McConnell who lend credence to the hateful Democrats who are exploiting what took place at the Capitol on January 6 in order to demoralize Trump supporters. It’s not going to happen, because, despite the efforts of the Trump haters, they know what happened. They know Trump was not the cause of the riot. The FBI also arrested many leftists who were caught plotting and pre-planning the riot days before it happened. How come the Mitch McConnells of the world keep ignoring that?
Hannity ripped on “Republicans who have turned their backs on the former president,” during his show. He called on the carpet “sanctimonious” McConnell and the other seven Republican nitwits in the Senate who joined the Democrats in trying to convict Trump for allegedly inciting the riot on Capitol Hill.
“Where was John Thune (R-SD) and Mitch McConnell fighting against the biggest abuse of power corruption scandal in our history with Operation Crossfire Hurricane?” Hannity asked. And he’s right. There were some Republican heroes who tried to stop the never-ending onslaught against Trump from the minute he became president, guys like Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), but the majority of congressional Republicans let it happen. They did next to nothing to stop the lawlessness of Democrats who went after Trump in the most despicable ways.
“They were missing in action. Where’s the sanctimonious Mitch McConnell, John Thune, demanding that Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters — when is he going to give a speech on the Senate floor and hold those Democrats accountable for their incitement of insurrection and their insurrection-like language? The time is now coming for new leadership in the U.S. Senate.”
The Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump that Hannity was talking about are Sens. Richard Burr (NC), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Toomey (PA). Tomey and Burr are retiring and Collins and Sasse just got reelected, but conservative Trump supporters have a long memory. Most of the useful idiots in that group are catching flack back home from their angry constituents.
Three of the Republican senators who voted to convict Trump during the impeachment trial have already been censured by the Republican Party in their states including Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, and Pat Toomey.
With January 6th coming up quickly, attorneys such as Lin Wood and Sidney Powell, to name a few, are working feverishly to overturn the election via lawsuits while other everyday patriots are focusing on challenging the Electoral College vote results on Jan. 6 during a joint session of Congress.
If both a House member and senator object, the two chambers would have to meet separately, debate the issue, and then have a majority in both chambers vote to uphold the objection to a state’s slate.
In addition, a few state legislatures are holding election integrity hearings. AZ just ordered a forensic audit of the Dominion voting machines in the largest county. A group called, Stop The Steal, is fighting to hold politicians accountable.
In spite of all their efforts, short of a huge Supreme Court victories, Mitch McConnell and GOP Senate RINOs have decided to not back Trump’s team’s efforts on January 6th.
Yes, the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who did a great job pushing through 300 federal judges and 3 Supreme Court Justices.
Mitch just acknowledged Joe Biden as President-elect, the winner of the November election, congratulating him from the Senate floor on Tuesday, one day after the Electoral College voters gathered to make their votes. Biden and McConnell had their first known conversation since the election on Tuesday.
Now McConnell is urging Republicans to not object during Congress’s count and certification of the Electoral College vote next month.
McConnell’s made comments during a caucus call on Tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the call, and come as House Republicans are eyeing a challenge to the results on Jan. 6 during a joint session of Congress.
A Republican senator who participated in the call said that McConnell, Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) all urged colleagues not to object to states’ electoral votes when they are received on the House floor next month.
McConnell warned that any GOP senator who signed onto a House Republican objection to a state’s electoral votes would then force the Senate to debate and vote on the objection, putting fellow GOP senators in a bad position.
The GOP leader said an objection “isn’t in the best interest of everybody.”
No Senate Republicans indicated during the call that they are currently planning to object.
“Not that I heard,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), asked if anyone indicated that they would object during the call.
Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), the No. 3 GOP senator, added that he hasn’t “heard of any” GOP senator willing to object next month.
“I think that there was encouragement on the phone for us to accept the result, as much as it’s not what we, you know, would have envisioned for the next four years, and to try to do what’s best for American people, which is to look forward,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said about the call.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has said he will object as part of next month’s Electoral College count and is likely to gain support from other Trump allies in the House.
But to successfully force a debate and vote on his objection he’ll need support from at least one GOP senator. That’s only happened twice since 1887, according to the Congressional Research Service.
No Republican senator has joined Brooks, though a few conservatives, including Sens. Josh Hawley (Mo.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Rand Paul (Ky.), haven’t ruled it out.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) on Wednesday threw his support behind Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the Pentagon chief said he opposes invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy active U.S. military on American soil to quell urban protests.
“I think that these tasks ought to be relegated as much as possible to the state and local authorities, the law enforcement and police,” Thune told reporters Wednesday when asked about Esper’s opposition to President Trump possibly invoking the Insurrection Act.
“You got national guard in the states they can activate. I know there are instances in the past where they’ve had to call up active-duty personnel but I think the goal always is to de-escalate, not escalate. So my view is that’s the right call,” he added.
Thune said the U.S. military should maintain its longstanding tradition of staying nonpolitical.
“I think the Defense Department by and large ought to stay out of the political fray. They’ve got a job to do and we count on them heavily to do it,” he said.
Esper said at a news conference earlier Wednesday that regular active-duty troops should not be used for domestic policing jobs.
“I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations in support of local law enforcement,” he said.
Media outlets reported earlier in the week that Trump was considering invoking the 213-year old law to restore law and order in cities wracked by social unrest, riots and looting in recent days.
The president announced Monday that he would mobilize “all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.”
Esper on Wednesday pushed back on Trump’s consideration of the move, arguing that it should only be used as a “last resort.”
“As a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard, the option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” he added. “We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
Senate Republicans are taking the House impeachment proceedings against President Trump more seriously as damaging revelations against the president mount and the possibility of a quick dismissal of
Senate Republicans are taking the House impeachment proceedings against President Trump more seriously as damaging revelations against the president mount and the possibility of a quick dismissal of the charges shrinks.
Earlier this year, GOP senators pledged to quickly quash any articles of impeachment passed by the House. But as the Democrats compile more evidence that Trump withheld military assistance from Ukraine to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, they are adopting a more sober tone.
While no Senate Republican has said the charges against Trump rise to the level of being an impeachable offense, many have expressed concern over the drip-drip of damaging revelations.
Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) was the latest GOP senator to express concerns Wednesday even though he argued that the House has yet to provide any evidence that would support actually removing Trump from office.
Asked Wednesday if he had any concerns at all in light of recent reports on Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine, Scott said, “There’s lot of things that concern me.”
But he added, “That’s not the question.”
“The question on the table is impeachment and that’s the question we should get an answer to, and the answer so far is ‘For what would we impeach the president?’ And the answer is ‘I don’t see anything for that,’ ” he said.
At the same time, Scott acknowledged there is pressure on Senate Republicans to take any impeachment articles seriously.
“Everybody wants us to do the right thing. In order to do the right thing, we want to see all that there is,” Scott told reporters, explaining that he’s not ready to dismiss the House charges out of hand.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Wednesday that the prospect of a quick vote on a motion to dismiss any articles of impeachment against Trump seems unlikely.
“I certainly think we need to hear it out from the House. This is a serious thing. You’re considering removing somebody from office or impeaching them in that way. I think you got to hear it,” she said.
A Republican senator who requested anonymity to comment on internal party discussions said GOP colleagues are taking the possibility of an impeachment trial seriously as the Democratic-controlled House compiles more evidence.
“We’re all becoming much more aware of the process and that’s because of the situation we’re in with the House,” the senator said, who added of colleagues, “I don’t think they’re going to dismiss it.”
“Right now, based on the facts that we have currently, the president will have the support he needs to get through this,” the senator added, though the lawmaker said there are enough colleagues who feel they owe it to the public to give the articles of impeachment serious consideration.
It’s a more measured tone than Republicans used when the House was considering impeachment proceedings based on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election and subsequent attempts to obstruct his investigation.
“I think it would be disposed of very quickly,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in late May.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) at the time asked, “Why on earth would we give a platform to something that I judge as a purely political exercise?”
Now Senate Republicans are treating the allegations that Trump improperly withheld military assistance to Ukraine in an attempt to gain a political favor much more seriously than they did the findings of the Mueller report.
Senate Republicans initially dismissed the release of the transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky as a nothing burger.
GOP leaders labeled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) launch of a formal impeachment process a political mistake committed because of intense pressure from her liberal base.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed Pelosi on Sept. 24 for making a “rush to judgment” and said she “finally crumbled” to the pressure from “her far-left conference.”
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said in late September the House impeachment push was “a risky strategy on their part.”
“I know they’re under a lot of pressure to do it, but if you’re the leadership over there, you got to think long and hard about what the implications are if it looks like you’re overreaching,” he said.
Senate Republicans have since seen several serious revelations emerge, and support for impeachment has ticked upward in recent polls.
One pivotal moment came last week when William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified that he was told by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless Zelensky agreed to a corruption investigation.
Another came days before, when acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney appeared to confirm at a press conference that military aid was withheld as leverage to push Ukraine to investigate corruption, although he later tried to walk back the statement.
McConnell on Tuesday declined to echo White House language calling the House impeachment probe “illegitimate and unconstitutional.”
Instead, he observed that “impeachment as a practical matter is whatever a majority of the House decides it is at any given moment.”
After Taylor’s damning testimony, Thune admitted to reporters: “The picture coming out of it based on the reporting that we’ve seen is, yeah, I would say not a good one.”
On Wednesday, another blow against the president came when Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Trump’s nominee to serve as ambassador to Russia, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he was aware of an effort by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to remove Marie Yovanovitch as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday said it would be “inappropriate” if Giuliani or anyone else spread misinformation to remove a U.S. ambassador.
“I would be concerned if a U.S. ambassador anywhere in the world is the subject of a disinformation campaign directed from abroad or from any interest, for that matter,” he said. “That would be something I wouldn’t be happy about. That would be something I would find to be inappropriate.”
Rubio also said it is important that he and his Senate colleagues carefully weigh the facts compiled by the House investigation.
“It’s important for us to make decisions based on all of the facts taken in context and taken together,” said Rubio, who noted that all of the facts and evidence compiled by House investigators have yet to be shared with the Senate.