Donald Trump has become the third president in United States history to be impeached. but many commentators believe that despite the “humiliation” that will accompany him from now on – the move, which will be blocked later in the Senate, will strengthen his chances of being re-elected. When it comes to Trump, “What doesn’t kill him makes him stronger”
US media outlets this morning discuss the implications of the historic vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump in the House – a vote that, by all estimates, will not lead to the president’s actual removal from the White House. Real humiliation, however, stressed that this could only increase his supporters’ rage and his chances of re-election next year.
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— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) December 19, 2019
Interestingly enough, many of the commentators argued that the result in the House of Representatives tonight was indeed historical – but equally routine. Dan Balz, the Washington Post’s political commentator, wrote that the vote did have a big impact in American history – Trump being the only president to vote in the House. Balz wrote that it was a “rare moment in state history, and the House of Representatives vote put Trump in the nation’s history books in the most humiliating way. The stain the House has taken on its biography and heritage, no matter what the end result in the Senate, is now part of the record His constant. ”
However, according to the political commentator, tonight’s vote appears to be just another in the chain of events since Trump’s surprise victory in 2016, one that is unclear whether it will necessarily lead to the president’s victory or loss in the upcoming election. “The impeachment process is expected to become another station in the four-year battle between those who oppose the president and fear his behavior will have a long-term impact on the country, and those who support him as a person who is ready to fight day-to-day forces and institutions they regard as destructive to their lives.”
Trump, no matter what the Senate does — and the likelihood is they will vote to not remove the President sometime early next year — will have this impeachment on his permanent record and legacy. https://t.co/BTKeTQW5Ym
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 19, 2019
Chris Cillizza, CNN’s political commentator, wrote similar things in a commentary he published shortly after the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of Trump’s impeachment – with the scathing majority of Democrats, except three, backing, and all Republicans opposing. Cillizza claimed that this vote would “forever change Trump’s presidency.”
“No matter what happens next year – or even the next five years – in Donald Trump’s time as president, the first paragraph of his political obituary will include this sentence (or something similar): ‘Trump was ousted by the House of Representatives in December 2019, becoming the third president Only scolded in such a way.”
WATCH: Complete remarks from @SpeakerPelosi: “I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the President of the United States.”
Full video here: https://t.co/0AklHmZCqk pic.twitter.com/R9jvdUKXVn
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 18, 2019
He, too, noted that the Democratic move “won’t make much difference in Washington’s day-to-day.” In fact, he wrote, “One of the most impressive things about Wednesday is how normal it felt. Trump tweeted insults at his political rivals and re-tweeted praises of his favorite programs at Fox News. Republicans defended the president – and the facts went to hell. Democrats insisted they do the right thing, as opposed to the politically correct thing. ”
Cillizza added: “For such a historic day, everything felt boring.” He mentioned Trump’s own remarks at tonight’s election rally, just as Democrats are voting for his ouster. “It doesn’t really feel like I’m being fooled,” the president said at a two-hour Michigan rally, his longest rally ever.
David Smith, the Guardian’s chief reporter in Washington, wrote that voting in the House is likely to provide many Democrats, “like seeing a thug get a bloody nose” – but warned there was no guarantee for them that the alleged thug would cease his behavior or be harmed The move.
Trump and Jesus
On the contrary, Smith argued, the vote could likely bolster Trump. He mentioned Republicans’ absolute stabilization of the president, “like human shields.” These are expected to win him later in a Senate trial, in which he has a majority. In the Senate, we will recall that a two-thirds majority is needed to remove the actual president from office.
One Republican defending Trump, Congressman Barry Loudermilk, went so far as to compare him to Jesus. “When Jesus was falsely accused of infidelity Pontius Pilate (Roman Empire, Judas Commissioner who condemned Jesus for crucifixion) gave him the opportunity to confront those who accused him of it. During the trial, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus more rights than the Democrats gave Trump in this proceeding.”
According to the Guardian commentator, such a comparison means that “like the Beatles, Trump is bigger than Jesus in the eyes of his cult-like base. For them, what doesn’t kill him makes him stronger. That’s why it’s hard to assess the consequences of the vote.”
This is your funeral, Pelosi
Marc Thiessen, a conservative who previously wrote speeches for George W. Bush, wrote two days before a Washington Post column, saying that despite the vote – or even because of it – “these are the best days of Trump’s presidency.” Thiessen outlined the president’s various achievements in the economy, including the lowest unemployment rate in decades, the revised North American trade agreement and the China-based trade agreement. He said, “When the Senate acquits Trump, as it undoubtedly does, the spirit of ‘resistance’ will subside, while Trump supporters will be encouraged by his victory.”
My column: Democrats’ impeachment push going south as vote looms: Goodwin https://t.co/c7HQylmxyX via @nypost
— Michael Goodwin (@mgoodwin_nypost) December 18, 2019
Indeed, Trump’s vote seems to only increase the anger of his supporters, a rage that might help him in route to victory this November. For example, in the New York Post, a newspaper considered part of the conservative camp in the US, the front page actually showed the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and not Trump. The headline that appeared beside her read: “This is your funeral.”
The newspaper’s commentator, Michael Goodwin, wrote a harsh opinion in which, among other things, he mocked the black “funeral” clothing worn by Pelosi, when she swore allegiance to the American flag, in her opening remarks at the House of Commons yesterday. “I would have been more honest if she had sworn allegiance to the Democrat.” He said Pelosi and the Democrats “degraded America into an ongoing nightmare.”