First-term Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids will vote to impeach Donald Trump. “The evidence uncovered by the House impeachment inquiry is overwhelming,” she said. “And the facts are uncontested.” So will Pennsylvania’s Rep. Conor Lamb, another freshman Democrat who you might remember winning a squeaker of a special election last year. “I think the evidence is strong,” he says.
So if they can do it, the Blue Dog Democrats in the House should pull up their big-girl and big-boy pants and do the right thing. Instead, they’re whining about their districts and waffling. And that’s after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave them very narrow—and completely irrefutable—articles of impeachment. A handful of them have even been talking about maybe instead censuring Trump. Censuring him for trying to extort a foreign government to help him fix his reelection.
“I’m still thinking it over,” said Rep. Susie Lee, from Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, which she won by 10 points. “This is a very grave decision. […] I’m hearing all sides of it. […] It’s mixed, it’s very mixed.” It’s not at all mixed, and there aren’t more than two sides: neither with Trump and his endangering of national security to help Russia help keep him in office nor with the Constitution. Waffler Rep. Josh Gottheimer of NJ-05, which he won in 2016 by almost 5 points, says, “I’ve said all along, I need to see all the facts. I’m not going to prejudge anything until we get every bit of information.” You’ve gotten the information. The testimony and the report from the House Intelligence Committee could not be more clear.
Davids is there. Lamb is there. Rep. Susan Wild in PA-07, another who won a very tight special election in 2018, will vote for both articles. “I know from my own inbox that there’s plenty of antagonism out there, but on the other hand I’ve also gotten enormous numbers of people texting me, emailing me, private messaging me with supportive messages,” Wild said. “I don’t really know how it plays back home at this point, so ultimately, for me, it comes down to doing the right thing, and I think this is the right thing to do.”
The right thing to do. The thing you were elected to do. The thing you swore to do: defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Step up, snowflakes.
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