Senator Mitch McConnell told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that there was “no chance” that the Senate would convict the president in any impeachment trial.
He should know. He’s the majority leader.
Of course, this isn’t news — to us, anyway. But the left must be crestfallen after McConnell’s comments. For the last six months, they have held out the slim hope that a stampede of angry citizens would storm the offices of Republican senators, demanding they vote to convict Trump. Alternatively, appeals to the senators’ “consciences” are being tried — condescending, but they mean well.
They’ve tried shaming Republicans, humiliating them, mocking them, screaming at them — but what they haven’t tried is presenting clear evidence that Trump committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
McConnell only acknowledged reality.
“The case is so darn weak coming over from the House. We all know how it’s going to end. There is no chance the president is going to be removed from office,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“My hope is that there won’t be a single Republican who votes for either of these articles of impeachment,” he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats. It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided.”
The website PredictIt saw shares in a Senate conviction drop to 9 cents. Any buyers stupid enough to invest in that probably would have bought an Edsel after it had been shown to be defective.
But the left won’t give up. Maybe Democrats in the Senate should force the Republican majority to hold a “secret ballot” on conviction or acquittal.
A secret impeachment ballot might sound crazy, but it’s actually quite possible. In fact, it would take only three senators to allow for that possibility.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will immediately move to hold a trial to adjudicate the articles of impeachment if and when the Senate receives them from the House of Representatives. Article I, Section 3, of the Constitution does not set many parameters for the trial, except to say that “the Chief Justice shall preside,” and “no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” That means the Senate has sole authority to draft its own rules for the impeachment trial, without judicial or executive branch oversight.
And when a constituent asks a Republican senator how he voted on convicting Trump, what’s he going to say? “None of your business”?
It’s amazing what Trump Derangement Syndrome does to the minds of the left. No fantasies are unimagined when it comes to overturning the election of 2016. As for Republicans, they are already sharpening their impeachment knives for the next Democratic president.
Someone, please make it stop.