See Trump’s Epic CLAPBACK to Dems Impeachment Votes, Late Thursday night, President Donald Trump reacted to the House impeachment vote with a meme on social media.
“In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you,” the text of the meme, which features a photo of the president, declares. “I’m just in the way.”
Trump’s post hits at the heart of the partisan vote. Without even a clear crime convincingly laid out in the articles of impeachment, without a single Republican voting in favor of either article, and with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) potentiality withholding the articles from the U.S. Senate, the impeachment process appears to be a route to overturning the 2016 election, not upholding the Constitution.
Mere hours before Trump’s post, Democrats voted along party lines in support of two articles of impeachment: “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” While not a single Republican voted in support of either article, some Democrats defected from the party-line vote.
“On the first article of impeachment, ‘abuse of power,’ Democrats voted 228–2, Republicans voted 0–195, and the one independent member of Congress voted for impeachment,” The Daily Wire reported. On “obstruction of Congress,” “Democrats voted 228–3, Republicans voted 0–195, and the one independent member of Congress voted for impeachment.”
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted “present” on both articles.See Trump’s Epic CLAPBACK to Dems Impeachment Votes
“I could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country,” Gabbard explained, according to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram.
While the House debated and voted on the articles of impeachment, President Trump spent his time at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, delivering on the same message.
“With today’s illegal, unconstitutional and partisan impeachment, House Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for American Voters,” he said. “This lawless and partisan impeachment is a political suicide march for the Democrat Party!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2019