Charlotte, NC — George Washington University liberal law professor Jonathan Turley unloaded on the Democrats for trying to go after President Donald Trump with impeachment proceedings for supposedly ‘inciting’ in regard to the Capitol protest.
Turley pointed out the facts don’t support Democrats’ claims. Although Turley was not a fan of all the words President Donald Trump used during his rally prior to the Capitol protest, he said that “Trump was never called for violence or a riot.” The president’s remarks didn’t meet the definition for a criminal claim of incitement or the impeachment standard, Turley declared.
“Rather, he urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to express opposition to the certification of electoral votes and to support the challenges being made by some members of Congress. He expressly told his followers ‘to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.’”
Turley rightly indicated that such marches toward the Capitol are common, calling for rally/march is not a call for lawless action. Tens of thousands were there demonstrating peacefully before criminal actions were taken by a smaller minority of people. Even the Capitol Police didn’t seem to be too concerned about Trump supporters as they hold peaceful events traditionally. Some of the Capitol Police even let some of the people into the building.
Of course, that isn’t what Democrats are saying. They are once again spinning Trump’s words to fit their narrative.
Turley explained that the Democratic effort was damaging to the Constitution as it would “gut not only the impeachment standard but free speech, all in the mad rush to remove Trump just days before the end of his term.” It would create a harmful basis for impeachment based on rhetoric that wasn’t a crime, with Democrats even wanting to go after Trump despite him calling on people to be peaceful. Turley said this ‘standard’ would lead to something of a vicarious impeachment — inferring other people’s actions to the president to try to remove him. That isn’t what impeachment contemplates.
Turley said that Democrats didn’t really want to go down that path, that a variety of Democrats have made remarks in the past that could be interpreted as encouraging violence including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Kamala Harris.
The damage caused by this week’s rioting was enormous, but it will pale in comparison to the damage from a new precedent of a “snap impeachment” for speech protected under the First Amendment. It is the very danger that the Framers sought to avoid in crafting the impeachment standard. In a process meant to require deliberative, not impulsive, judgments, the very reference to a “snap impeachment” is a contradiction in constitutional terms. In this new system, guilt is not to be doubted and innocence is not to be deliberated. It would do to the Constitution what the rioters did to the Capitol: Leave it in tatters.
Democrats don’t care about the Constitution no matter how on the money a fellow Democrat constitutional scholar tells them. Democrats have show the past four years, especially, complete disregard for the constitution and its provisions. What they’re most afraid of is President Donald Trump running for a second term in 2024; therefore, this impeachment would close that door forever.
As they’ve often said and proved, Democrats never let a crisis go to waste.
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