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Here’s a summary of the arguments both sides are making
Okay folks, we’re getting into “wrapping up” territory for this period of debate. At this point, we’ve heard from dozens of Representatives. Each has put their own spin on things, but there’s a few recurring themes and broad patterns. I’m going to summarise and paraphrase what I’ve been hearing.
Most (all but six) Republicans we’ve heard from are opposing impeachment because:
1. Impeachment is a politically motivated action. It’s divisive and harmful for the nation at a time when the nation needs to heal.
2. Donald Trump did not incite the riot. There’s a range of reasons used to support this conclusion, but they include: Trump calling for peaceful protest on the morning of Jan 6, the Democrats’ failure to condemn violence over the summer from the racial justice uprisings, the Democrats’ failure to prevent this violence by investigating the election results.
All Democrats we’ve heard from today are supporting impeachment because:
1. Trump is a threat to democracy because he did incite the riot. Again, a range of reasons are given, but they include: four years of divisiveness, Trump’s words on the morning of Jan 6, Trump’s failure to condemn white nationalists and conspiracy theorists.
2. Carrying out impeachment when necessary is a duty, outlined by the US constitution, of Congress.