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US House votes to impeach Donald Trump for second time, LaHood explains why he voted No

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WASHINGTON – The US House voted Wednesday to impeach Donald Trump for the second time. One Congressional Republican member voted in favor of the impeachment article declaring President Trump incited violence with false claims claiming he won the election by a landslide.

In a vote with 221 Democrats and 10 Republicans voting yes, and 197 voting no, the US House referred impeachment to the US Senate. 

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Via text, Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood gave Illinois Review reasons why he voted against the measure, and his views on other hot topics conservatives are discussing throughout the state: 

1). Today, I proudly voted to NOT impeach President Trump. We should be using this time to bring our nation together and heal the partisan divisions. Unfortunately, Democrats believe that cancel culture and impeachment are the path to unity and healing. Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have once again decided to put political games before the people. I have ZERO interest in taking part in this. I stand with President Trump🇺🇸.

2). The censorship of conservatives and Republicans by Big Tech has to STOP! I support and will vote to repeal the Section 230 protection for these tech companies. Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness. It’s not who we are as Americans. I will do all I can to fight Big Tech and their criminal censorship! 

3). Rioters and protesters who broke the law and attacked the US Capitol need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Likewise, the criminal activity of BLM and Antifa need to be held to the same standard and accountable. Those BLM and Antifa perpetrators and anarchists should be equally prosecuted for their criminal activity and un-American actions. Unfortunately, there is a clear double standard when the Left incites violence. This needs to end.

In a formal press release, LaHood's office explained his vote with more information: 

In less than seven days, we will inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. We should be using this time to bring our nation together, heal the partisan divisions, and move forward with a peaceful transfer of power. As I have listened to constituents on both sides of the political spectrum this week, a common frustration and anger are evident among many Americans. In this moment of escalating tensions, Congress must rise above the division and help heal our nation.

As I stated last week, our Constitution is clear in laying out Congress' obligation to count and certify the Electoral College votes. I also believe our Constitution does not envision impeaching a President without an adequate investigation or hearings. Our democratic system is predicated on due process and a thorough review of the underlying facts and evidence. Congress has yet to even receive a full briefing by the appropriate federal authorities on the events that occurred surrounding the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. 

I oppose impeachment. Pushing articles of impeachment days before the inauguration will only inflame and further divide our country.

The impeachment article that passed the US House includes this wording:

On January 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the House of Representatives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol for a Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College. In the months preceding the Joint Session, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials. Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. There, he reiterated false claims that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.” He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged – and foreseeably resulted in – lawless action at the Capitol, such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country any more.” Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the coverage. I was hoping Rep LaHood would have voted to hold the President accountable for his actions. But at least he isn’t spreading the lie that Trump won. The Republic is really in danger from *another* terrorist attack and conservatives are the ones in the best position to ensure the terrorists never again use the force of the mob to try to advance a political agenda. The more conservatives speak out against the lies and the violence (even if you agree with the President on his policies, speaking out against his lies and his tolerance/incitement of violence), the faster those thugs will crawl back under the rocks from which they came. Thanks again for the coverage (and congrats on the scoop).

  2. Kinzinger is not a REPUBLICAN or a person with a backbone and he can bring out the fact that he was in the military. That does not mean he is a MITT Romney wanna be. The people of his district need to primary him out next time around. HE went on his feelings and NOT that of his district–he is a person of LOW morals.

  3. “There are going to be some hardcores that are always out there — for them it was about power. For them it was about being the Proud Boys and fascism and racism. I do hope they start their own party because I don’t think there’s any room in a Republican Party for them,” Kinzinger said.
    Wow this IL Republican just committed political suicide! Trump supporters are not racist and fascist see what happens when your base stops donating and stays home in 2022 lol!

  4. It’s not a lie we all know Trump won by a landslide in the Electoral College there was massive voter fraud WI, MI, GA, PA, AZ, and NV all the states Biden needed to win. Affidavits are being used right now by the FBI and DOJ to charge Trump supporters who protested but can’t be used for election fraud? The FBI was hanging up, putting on hold and not returning calls when people were reporting election fraud who ordered them do that the corrupt Christopher Wray I lost all respect for the FBI even the low level agents were complicit in the election fraud coverup. Precincts in Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Atlanta went over a 100% for Biden which is statistically impossible there would be a few Trump voters. NV and AZ had raffles, gift cards, money prizes for voting on their Indian Reservations bribing people to vote. I can go on and on we are now a 3rd world banana Republic mail in voting should not be allowed. Look what they did to Oberweis and DiFranco Judge race flips winners over 500 votes appear to defeat him after he is declared winner in Cook County.