On Wednesday night, Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) invited the Democrats in the impeachment hearings to President Trump’s second inauguration in 2021 during the House Judiciary Committee’s debate over the articles of impeachment.
During an exchange with George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, Buck pointed out that the Democrats’ “abuse of power” focused article of impeachment had a weak standard that would have applied to nearly all previous presidents. He later made the claim that the Democrats impeaching President Trump would cost them the majority and the presidential election again in 2020, and then invited the Democrats to Trump’s next inauguration, noting that many of the Democrats had boycotted the first one:
“Professor Turley was right when he said this impeachment, quote, “will be the shortest investigation, producing the thinnest record of wrongdoing, for the narrowest impeachment in history,” end of quote. At the end of the day, I want to invoke the words of my colleague from the [House] Rules Committee, Congressman Alcee Hastings, who said during one debate that the majority’s efforts would backfire. He said, “You will lose. This will cost you the majority next year, and some of you aren’t going to be here in the next Congress. I hope you’ve had your fun.” Well, I tell my colleagues: go ahead, vote to impeach President Trump tomorrow. But when you walk out of this hearing room, call your freshman colleagues and tell them they’re not coming back, and you hope they’ve had their fun. Say goodbye to your majority status, and please join us in January of 2021, when President Trump is inaugurated again.”
Buck’s predictions are supported by polling. According to FiveThirtyEight, support for impeachment peaked two months ago, and has dropped since. Further, recent polling in swing districts has revealed negative views on the impeachment process. Unsurprisingly, many Americans dislike the idea of Democrats trying to remove the president from office because they did not like the result of the 2016 election.