All Said and Done By Anil Shrivastava “Musafir”

April 20 impeachment

President Trump was impeached by the Democrats on December 18, 2019 and was acquitted by the Republicans on February 5, 2020. All said and done, this was a mere power play, egoism and a waste of time. Everyone knew the outcome including the Democrats. Overall, the biggest losers, undoubtedly, were the voters who didn’t ask for the impeachment or the acquittal. Neal Katyal summed it up on Twitter like this:

“There’s no sense of apology for putting our nation through something that will tear at us. Nothing. Just insults to the opposition. I can’t think of something more un-American.”

Although the Congress provided a good reality show for us to watch, I don’t think it was worth it. During all this drama, the only person who worked indefatigably and without pay was President Trump. As a result, Mr. Trump is in an advantageous position now, but there is no denying that he persuaded the Senate to block the witnesses and was indifferent to Democratic requests. The Republications were in denial that Mr. Trump abused the power of the office though it may not have been an impeachable act, after all. The Republicans didn’t care about the fact that holding up duly appropriated aid to Ukraine was illegal. Rep. Val Deming’s tweet said this the best:

“Apparently the White House team decided to pretend that John Bolton doesn’t exist.”

Dave Brook, an opinion columnist at The New York Times describes Mr. Trump’s success as:

“As several people have noticed, this was the most politically successful week of the Trump presidency. First, President Trump’s job approval numbers are rising. When the impeachment inquiry got rolling in October his Gallup approval rating was 39. Now it’s 49. If he can hold this level, he’ll probably be re-elected.”

President Trump’s State of the Union speech was so effective that Nancy Pelosi had to tear that in full view of the camera. Consequently, she got a new name now, Nancy the Ripper. Michael More supported her by twitting:

“Thank you. That felt good. #NancyTheRipper

Many are comparing Trump’s post impeachment attitude with Clinton’s. Bill Clinton conceded in public that what he did was wrong. In contrast to that, Mr. Trump publicly denied that he did anything wrong. Monica Lewinsky summed this the best (pardon the language):

“this is definitely an “are you f*@&#^g kidding me?” kinda day.”

I also wondered what Chief Justice John Robert was doing in the Senate trial. Well, his role can be described by the following tweet from Kimberly Robinson:

“Some details about Chief Justice’s impeachment role: – He’ll wear his normal robe (no stripes) – He’ll attend arguments in the AM, Sentate trial in the PM – If he misses an argument, Justice Thomas will preside – He’ll be driven across the street, escorted by #Scouts security”

Overall, the growing public support for the Republicans and Mr. Trump may not bode well for the Democrats in 2020 elections. Mitt Romney’s position in the Republican Party is that of a pariah. We shouldn’t be surprised if he, eventually, becomes a Democrat or an independent. This is what the President said about him:

“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on.”

Ultimately it was an interesting but a futile show. Shakespeare would have said, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.” (Macbeth)

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