Depending on who you ask, former President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is either of the utmost importance for the future of this nation or the dumbest waste of time and money possible.
According to Politico, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) falls in the group who believe the latter, as he released a video prior to the start of Trump’s impeachment trial in which he charged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with “flippantly” weaponizing impeachment as a political tool.
In the video, Cramer didn’t pull any punches in his harsh criticism of Pelosi and her idea to charge the former president with an “incitement of insurrection” impeachment charge following the January 6 Capitol riots, which Democrats believe was a result of Trump’s fiery rhetoric pertaining to the outcome of the 2020 election.
“As a response to her view that Donald Trump demeaned the Office of the President, the House Speaker is now making a mockery of Congress and one of the most serious institutions in our country,” Cramer said, adding that he thinks the debacle is “disgusting.”
He went on to call the House impeachment managers “backbenchers” who were only sent to handle the Senate side of the impeachment process so that she could send the rest of the lower chamber home, adding that there’s still much to be done on behalf of the Americans who voted those lawmakers into office.
According to the calendar, while the Senate carries through with the impeachment trial, the House will use the week to focus on committee-related tasks, with speculation that they’re gearing up for the upcoming vote on President Joe Biden’s insanely expensive COVID-19 relief package.
According to the New York Post, Cramer’s frustration about Pelosi’s handling of current events is shared by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who wrote in a recent set of op-eds that Democrats are purposely avoiding debate on critical legislation by instead holding a “political impeachment charade.”
Last week, Paul forced the upper chamber to hold a vote on the constitutionality of Trump’s impeachment trial, with 45 Republican senators agreeing that it is not, in fact, constitutionally sound. It wasn’t enough to kill the process before it started, but it signaled that short of an unprecedented turn of events, Trump is all but guaranteed to secure an acquittal.