Maybe I am taking their votes in the wrong way, but it sure seems that having had months of watching Trump do all he can to undermine our democratic processes to maintain his hold on power, and then after seeing Trump’s and his minions make a Charge! to the troops to kick off festivities on January sixth, Iowa’s three Republican congress members could have maybe seen a wee bit of a connection. But, nope they didn’t.
Given a chance to hold someone accountable for an attempt to overthrow our elected government Iowa’s three Republican congress members could not seem to make the correlation. They themselves were among the hunted group that Wednesday. Their lives were in danger. Maybe they weren’t specifically named as targets, but there were guns and bombs that could have wounded and killed unintended victims.
Makes me wonder if they feel the same compassion toward those who were actually in the Capitol with guns and bombs, looting and doing damage? If they are unwilling to hold the leadership accountable, why hold those guilty who were only doing Trump’s bidding?
What were the compelling reasons for these three freshmen congress members to use one of their very first votes in congress to shield a man who has spent months ginning up an attack against congress as a last ditch attempt to keep his position of power?
In a statement, Hinson said in part, “I believe the President bears responsibility, and that is why I urged him personally to call off those who were violently storming the Capitol last week. I wish he had spoken up sooner, but he did not.”
She went on to say:
“However, impeachment is the wrong path forward for several reasons. Speaker Pelosi is bypassing regular order – including the process of collecting evidence, conducting committee hearings, and having preliminary votes – to rush toward a second impeachment of President Trump. Just a week out from a new Administration, impeachment will only serve to feed the flames and further divide our nation.
Next week, there will be a peaceful transition of power to the Biden Administration, and we must re-focus on moving this country forward and solving the everyday problems facing Americans. Amid the chaos, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present real challenges to working people and businesses – Iowans are still trying to put food on the table, handle homeschooling, and struggling to pay their bills.”
“As horrific and devastating as the rampage on the Capitol was on Jan. 6, President Trump has conceded. He has committed to a peaceful and orderly transition of power on Jan. 20,” Miller-Meeks said, speaking on a Cedar Rapids news radio program Wednesday morning as the U.S. House for a second time deliberated impeaching President Donald Trump.
Miller-Meeks reiterated on Wednesday that impeaching Trump a week shy of the end of his term would “only further divide the nation and make it more difficult for President-elect Joe Biden to unify and lead our nation.”
As for Randy Feenstra it was a bit harder to get much, but here we go:
FEENSTRA SAYS HE VOTED NO BECAUSE TRUMP HAS COMMITTED TO A PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER AND ONLY HAS SEVEN DAYS LEFT IN HIS TERM.
THE 4TH DISTRICT REPUBLICAN SAYS IT IS TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER AND MOVE FORWARD — NOT TO PURSUE DIVISIVE AND RUSHED POLITICAL EXERCISES.
FEENSTRA HAD ALREADY STATED TUESDAY THAT HE WOULD STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY ATTEMPT TO REMOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM OFFICE BEFORE THE END OF HIS TERM.
We would like to note that all three of Iowa’s Republican congress members claim Trump called for a peaceful transition of power which lessened his impact as leader of the coup. None of them mention that Trump’s call for a peaceful transition happened AFTER THE COUP FAILED. Therefore it is much like any child or criminal whose contrition is caused by getting caught. In other words, like all things Trump, he only does the right thing when forced too.
It is truly sad and a bad omen for Iowa’s future that Iowa’s freshmen congress members had neither the courage nor the moral compass to stand up for their country over their party in such a stark circumstances. Voting not to hold instigators responsible for their actions is in direct contravention to the claims of what their party stands for. It was literally the executive branch attacking the legislative branch.
Party over country is the greatest threat to this country.