Trump Has Been Rebuked Like No Other President — But Really Only By Democrats

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Donald Trump has now been rebuked like no other president: He is the first-ever president to be impeached by the House of Representatives twice, and he is also …
Donald Trump has now been rebuked like no other president: He is the first-ever president to be impeached by the House of Representatives twice, and he is also the first-ever president to have the House call for his Cabinet and vice president to remove him from office.

In fact, there have been just four presidential impeachments in American history — and Trump now represents half of that total. The actual words used in the article of impeachment adopted by the House on Wednesday were both incredibly damning and also an accurate portrayal of the president's conduct since November's election. Trump, according to the House, was "inciting violence against the Government of the United States," "threatened the integrity of the democratic system," and "imperiled a coequal branch of Government."

But the power of the rebukes of Trump is somewhat blunted by the fact that they have been largely partisan. No House Republican voted for Trump's impeachment in 2019 over the pressure he exerted on the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens, and only one Republican senator, Mitt Romney of Utah, supported removing Trump from office. In the wake of the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, only one Republican House member, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, supported invoking the 25th Amendment to have Trump removed from office on Tuesday, and today only nine House Republicans joined Kinzinger in supporting impeachment.

This strong Republican loyalty to the president is a very important and historic dynamic.

It's important not to overstate the size of the opposition to Trump in the GOP simply because it includes some high-profile members of the party. Romney, the party's one-time presidential nominee, and Rep. Liz Cheney, both the No. 3 Republican in the party's…
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