Trump impeached for second time
Exactly one week after the House floor was stormed by rioters who descended on the Capitol by fighting through Capitol Police, smashing windows and ransacking offices in a violent desecration that left five dead, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump today.
The 232-197 vote was the second impeachment of his presidency, making him the first American president to be impeached twice.
House Democrats led the charge against Trump on the grounds of incitement of insurrection. There were 222 votes by Democrats in favor and 10 Republican votes to impeach Trump.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he wouldn’t try Trump before the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden next week.
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) issued a statement responding to the impeachment by attempting to tone down the current political situation.
“The Electoral College has spoken and President-elect Biden will be sworn-in a week from now,” Scott stated.
“The President has committed to an orderly transition and that process is underway. It’s time to prepare for that, take the crazy rhetoric down on both sides and move our nation forward.”
Congressman Byron Donalds, who represents Fort Myers Beach, most of Lee County and Collier County, voted against the impeachment.
Donalds did not respond to a message seeking comment. All Republican representatives voted against the impeachment with the exception of Daniel Webster (R-Winter Haven), who was not present for the vote.