Trump's Senate Trial Ends with a Whimper, Not a Bang
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
There never was any doubt about how things would end. Following proceedings was like seeing a film seen before, knowing how it ends.
Impeaching Trump had nothing to do with removing him from office — everything to do with trying to delegitimize and weaken him, Dems hoping to gain a political advantage ahead of November 2020 elections.
A new Gallup Trump approval tracking poll showed they failed.
Trump's approval rating rose from 45 to 49%, the high water mark of his presidency despite overwhelming reasons to denounce his domestic and geopolitical agenda, featuring endless wars of humanity and serving US privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the general welfare he disdains.
Among Republicans, support for him is 94%, 7% among Dems, 42% among independents.
"The 87-point gap between Republican and (Dem) approval in the current poll is the largest Gallup has measured in any Gallup poll to date, surpassing the prior record, held by Trump and Barack Obama, by one point," the polling agency reported, adding:
"The poll finds 52% of Americans in favor of acquitting Trump and 46% in favor of convicting and removing him from office."
Yet there's ample just cause to impeach and remove him from office, the same true about most of his predecessors and congressional members.
He's guilty of crimes of war and against humanity, the highest of high crimes against peace.
There's plenty more, notably betraying the public trust, serial lying (though not under oath), supporting terrorism while pretending to combat it, economic terrorism on targeted nations, complicity with Israel in stealing Palestinian land, targeted assassinations, and ecocide, among other impeachable offenses.
Dems can't charge him with the above crimes because they share guilt. So do most Republicans.
With rare exceptions, the US political establishment, past and present, is guilty of major impeachable offenses.
Yet rarely is anyone in Washington held accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Throughout US history, only 20 congressional members were expelled from office, 17 for supporting the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Senator William Blount was expelled for alleged involvement with Native Americans in aiding the British seize western Florida territory in 1797.
In 1980, Rep. Michael Myers was expelled for alleged bribery in connection with the Abscam corruption scandal.
In 2002, Rep. James Traficant was expelled for alleged bribery, racketeering and tax evasion.
Only three US presidents were impeached, Trump the latest, none convicted or removed from office.
Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment on trumped up charges — for threatening military/industrial/security and other interests relating to his social, environmental and geopolitical agenda, one of the most shameful political chapters in US history.
Jack Kennedy was removed from office by state-sponsored assassination.
It was largely for wanting US forces out of Vietnam, urging rapprochement with Soviet Russia and nuclear disarmament, wanting the CIA "splinter(ed) into a thousand pieces and scatter(ed) to the winds," opposing Israeli nuclear weapons, and supporting Palestinian rights, among other reasons.
Trump was targeted by Dems and pro-Hillary media for winning an election he was supposed to lose, charged with dubious offenses, major ones ignored.
His wars on humanity, corporate favoritism at the expense of the general welfare, tax cuts for the rich, support for tinpot despots and apartheid Israel, involvement in the great wealth transfer from ordinary Americans to its privileged class, among other major offenses are supported, not opposed, by most congressional members on both sides of the aisle.
On Wednesday as expected, he was acquitted of two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote was along party lines with one exception on the first charge. Senator Mitt Romney, a Trump antagonist, voted with Dems to impeach him for abuse of power.
Last year, Trump called him "a pompous ass who has been fighting me from the beginning."
He responded saying "(t)hat's as accurate as it is irrelevant."
Does Wednesday's acquittal mark the end of Dems' political warfare to diminish Trump in the eyes of voters ahead of November elections?
Most likely it's prelude for months more to come, more dirty tricks by both wings of the one-party state for political advantage in the run-up to November elections.
Politics isn't for sissies, featuring mudslinging and other dirty tactics, likely no-holds-barred this year.
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," Harry Truman once remarked.
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