• on February 6, 2020

After Acquittal It’s Up to Us

Yesterday was a dark day for our country. After the House managers presented a clear case of President Trump’s abuses of power, Senate Republicans voted to acquit the president. 

The vote to impeach and remove the president was a party-line vote (Democrats voting to convict and Republicans voting to acquit), with the notable exception of Senator Mitt Romney from Utah. Senator Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict the president on the abuse of power charge. This also marked the first time that a member of an impeached president’s party voted to convict and remove the president. 

Ahead of the vote, Senator Romney gave an incredible speech on the floor of the Senate in which he reiterated the importance of upholding his oath of office and the oath that he took to carry out impartial justice during the impeachment trial. If only every Senator was able to live up to the oaths they took things would look very different. 

During his speech, Senator Romney made it clear that President Trump was guilty of abusing his power. He said: 

“The grave question the Constitution tasked senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor. Yes, he did. The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president’s purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”

Stand Up Republic believes that President Trump is guilty of the offenses he was charged with. We believe that it is wrong for the president, any president, to recruit a foreign government to meddle in our elections. The president should work to protect our elections from foreign interference, not invite it. 

I know you are probably feeling frustrated and discouraged by yesterday’s vote. I’m right there with you. But, we must push through and turn our frustration into motivation. That’s exactly what hundreds of thousands of Americans did last night. 

Yesterday, at over 300 rallies across the country, Americans gathered to Reject the Cover-Up. We came together to say that a trial without witnesses is not a trial at all. That a trial with jurors who say they are not going to be impartial is not a trial at all. That this was not a full and fair trial; it was a cover-up. 

Last night, at the rally in Washington, DC, Stand Up Republic’s co-Executive Director, Evan McMullin said: 

“For weeks, we’ve watched as too many Senate Republicans openly worked to cover-up the president’s dangerous abuses of power. First, they denied it happened. Then, they complained about the process. Eventually, they admitted it happened, agreed it was bad, but still excused it away, silencing witnesses and withholding evidence from the American people. They’re complicit in the president’s cover-up, plain and simple.” 

It was a cover-up, plain and simple, but that’s not the end of the story. We must push on. As Evan said: 

“We will remain hopeful and continue the fight. We will work even harder to build unity, despite our differences. We will find new ways to mobilize even more patriotic Americans to the cause. We will fight lies with truth, corruption with sunlight, and division with understanding. We will replace President Trump in 2020.” 

And that’s exactly what we are going to do. 

This is a crucially important year for our country. Our institutions are being threatened; our republic tested. 

We now know that Republicans in the House and Senate will not hold President Trump accountable. That task now falls to us. We the people must do everything in our power to make sure that Donald Trump does not win reelection in November. 

As the oft-quoted Benjamin Franklin once said, “A republic if you can keep it.” It’s on us to do the work to keep it, and if we have any hope of doing so, we cannot allow Trump to have another four years in office. 

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