The United States Senate voted to acquit Donald John Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress today. South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds voted with most of the rest of the Trump party to ignore clear and largely uncontested evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors and tell our children that being naughty is o.k.
Donald John Trump broke the law. Donald John Trump hijacked money appropriated by Congress to assist a European ally in resisting Russian invasion. Donald John Trump used that money for his own personal, political purposes. Donald John Trump violated the law and the public trust as surely as a city finance officer who takes money allocated for public works and spends it on beer and perfume or gas and groceries.
John Thune and Mike Rounds told our children that breaking the law is no big deal.
Donald John Trump defied Congress’s authority to investigate the use of our legally appropriated tax dollars. Donald John Trump told his party to reinterpret the Constitution to mean Congress is powerless and the President is King.
John Thune and Mike Rounds told our children that ignoring the Constitution is no big deal.
John Thune and Mike Rounds told our children that lying is no big deal.
47 Democrats had the courage to send our children a simple message: even the most powerful person in the world has to follow the law, respect the Constitution, and tell the truth. One Republican, Mitt Romney, had the courage to join them on one vote:
In the last several weeks, I have received numerous calls and texts. Many demand that, in their words, “I stand with the team.” I can assure you that that thought has been very much on my mind. I support a great deal of what the President has done. I have voted with him 80% of the time. But my promise before God to apply impartial justice required that I put my personal feelings and biases aside. Were I to ignore the evidence that has been presented, and disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history’s rebuke and the censure of my own conscience [Senator Mitt Romney, speech, Senate floor, 2020.02.05].
John Thune and Mike Rounds showed no such character, conscience, or courage. John Thune and Mike Rounds told our children to care more about partisan loyalty than about reason, law, and fact.
Senator Thune, we’ll come for you in 2022. Senator Rounds, your number is up this year. You deserve no vote, not to mention no respect, from any decent parent in South Dakota. Donald John Trump is a lying, lawbreaking menace, and you support that menace. It is time to replace you, Mike Rounds, with any decent person who promises to reject lawbreaking and lying and get back to teaching our kids the importance of following the law and telling the truth.