If you think the Trump-Qanon crazies have only invaded the GOP at the national level, think again. Vox reports:
- It turns out in that Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Qanon) in 2018 and 2019 indicated support on Facebook for the execution of Democrats. But, hey, don't worry. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he's going to have a talk with her. That should do it.
- During a vote yesterday, 45 of 50 Republicans took the position that the Senate can't convict an impeached ex-President, i.e. that the impeachment clause only applies to current officeholders. While I don't agree with that assessment, it's not exactly a shock that they GOP Senators are taking that easy exit ramp.
- Yesterday on the Bulwark podcast, James Wallner, a professor of political science at American University, took the position that the impeachment clause does not apply to ex-officeholders and thus the Senate cannot convict Trump on the impeachment charge because he is no longer President. When podcast host Charlie Sykes pointed out that Wallner's approach was nonsensical as it would allow an impeached officeholder to avoid disqualification by simply resigning (free to run again later), Wallner said that such person would face other legal proceedings, such as criminal prosecution. Wallner (as well as perhaps Sykes) seemed unaware that federal courts have held that conviction of a person for a felony does not disqualify that person from running for federal office. If my iffy 14th Amendment option (discussed below) doesn't work, then the only option for disqualification is through the impeachment clause. Even if Trump is sitting in a prison cell, convicted of multiple felonies, he can still be a candidate for President in 2024.
- I still think both houses of Congress should pass a censure resolution, only needing a majority vote, condemning President Trump for his efforts at overturning the election results. and fomenting the January 6th attempted insurrection. As part of that effort, Congress should use the 14th Amendment, Section 3 to disqualify him from ever serving in any elected office ever again. (That section clearly applies to officeholders who are no longer in office.) Opponents of this approach point out the uncertainty of who, under Section 3, decides whether the person was involved in an insurrection, or even if "executive officer" applies to the President. My response is, who cares? Put the ball in Trump's and his Republican allies court to prove that it does not. This approach would make Republicans in Congress vote up or down on Trump's behavior without the easy impeachment off-ramp provided by the fact Trump is no longer in office.