Seven senators justified their vote for acquittal in President Trump’s impeachment trial by saying they felt the president had learned a valuable less from the experience.
They were half right. It just wasn’t the lesson they had in mind. They wanted everyone to believe he’d been chastened, but instead he’d been emboldened. They bear responsibility because of their blind obedience, cowardice and speak up for justice.
Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, Rob Portman, Thom Tillis, Martha McSally, Ron Johnson and Susan Collins knew better but they were scared to cross a vengeful president who put his own interest above that of the nation and all else.
Their problem: In the words of Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.”
Of 53 Republican senators, only one showed the courage to honor his oath and follow his conscience, which has made him the target of a vicious campaign of revenge, led personally by a spiteful president and his favorite son. They want the party to eject Mitt Romney, who had been the GOP presidential nominee only eight years ago, back before it became the Cult of Trump.
Even the Seven Dwarfs were surprised by how rapidly Trump went out for revenge, and they’ve been evading reporters asking their reactions.
Those Republican senators — Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, Rob Portman, Thom Tillis, Martha McSally and Ron Johnson. – publicly rationalized their vote for acquittal by saying they believed Trump had learned his lesson and would behave better in the future. He wasted no time in making utter fools of them.
Especially Susan Collins who appeared to flirt with joining Romney in voting for at least one article of impeachment, but proved all talk. After saying she “expected” Trump would learn from the experience she amended that to merely “hoped,” but even that proved empty. Hopefully Maine voters will remember in November and award her with the title “former senator.”
Revenge has been called a dish best served cold, but Donald Trump prefers it red hot and steaming.
He wasted no time before going after his enemies. He began, of all places, at the National Prayer Breakfast and then expanded in an hour-long pity party at the White House lamenting how he’d been so mistreated while falsely declaring he’d been “fully exonerated.”
Payback began the next day when he axed three Jews he thought betrayed him.
It has been dubbed the “Friday Night Massacre,” a Watergate reference to Nixon’s firing of top Justice Department officials that ultimately led to his resignation.
First to be tossed overboard were the Vindman twins who came to America as Soviet Jewish refugees at the age of three. Both brothers are Army lieutenant colonels who were serving on the National Security Council staff, Alex in charge of following Ukraine and Yevgeny, the NSC’s chief ethics lawyer. Yevgeny had no involvement in Ukraine investigation, but his very title must have been seen as a threat.
Next was Gordon Sondland, who was fired as ambassador to the European Union. The post was considered a reward for his million-dollar contribution to the Trump inaugural. His sin: telling the truth (although it did have to be dragged out of him by congressional investigators) about his role in the Ukraine scandal.
Other Jews high on Trump’s enemies list can’t be fired but have already been subjected to a bitter barrage of presidential venom and smear campaigns. None is more despised by this president than Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead prosecutor in the impeachment trial. Also high on the list are Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which actually wrote the articles of impeachment, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
Read more about the Erev Shabbat massacre targeting Trump’s Jewish enemies and his expanding campaign of revenge in my Jerusalem Post column.