Impeaching Joe Biden is the Only Way – When the Democrats impeached Republican President Donald J. Trump for a mostly acceptable phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in 2019, the evidence undergirding their investigation was scarce and circumstantial at best.
Even if the Democrats had greater evidence proving Trump’s wrongdoing than what they had when they had pressed for impeachment, the fact remained that Trump’s fellow Republicans controlled the United States Senate.
It was, therefore, highly unlikely that the Senate was ever going to vote to convict President Trump of that which he was accused of doing (tethering aid that Congress had authorized for Ukraine to Ukraine’s government digging up dirt on Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden) even if Democrats found explicit evidence proving Trump committed crimes.
Impeachment as a Political Act
After all, an impeachment, while it does have elements of a legal proceeding, is, first and foremost, a political process.
For an impeachment to be successful and end in proper conviction—and removal—of a sitting president, one simply needs the requisite number of votes.
In the case of the Senate, a two-thirds majority is required to convict and remove a president from office.
The Democrats knew they weren’t going to get that from the Republican-controlled Senate in 2019.
Yet, the Left still pressed ahead. It made sense from a political perspective.
The Democrats needed to generate buzz and galvanize their demoralized base in light of what appeared—at that time—to be an inevitable landslide victory for Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.
The impeachment tarnished Trump’s already controversial image and militated the Democratic Party’s base in time for the 2020 election.
Thus, the political nature of the Democrats’ impeachment gambit was revealed. If, somehow, the Democrats had managed to impeach and remove Trump, they would obviously be happy.
But, every vote tabulating Democrat understood that they lacked the requisite votes.
Impeachment Can Be Used to Tarnish a Political Rival
So, as a meaningful consolation prize, the Left would use the impeachment trial to divide further America’s already divided political system, cleave support from those in the electorate who were tired of the drama surrounding Trump (much of it created by the Democrats, while some was of Trump’s own creation), and propel their candidate to victory against Trump in 2020.
While the impeachment of Trump was not the cause of his defeat in 2020, it helped to tar his image. That, compounded with the other perceived failures of Trump, led to Biden’s victory over Trump.
Similarly, the Republicans will likely be unable to get enough votes in the Democratic Party-controlled Senate to convict President Joe Biden of the crimes they believe he is guilty of.
Yet, the Republicans should impeach the forty-sixth president nonetheless.
It is obvious that his son deserves the legal scrutiny that Republicans have placed him under.
What’s more, there is ample circumstantial evidence to suggest that there was at least some kind of bizarre connection between Hunter Biden’s allegedly illicit business practices and his father’s bank account. These linkages make President Biden susceptible to impeachment.
Once impeachment gets underway, a very public airing of the otherwise censored evidence of the entire Biden Family’s alleged corruption will be unavoidable.
With the extent and nature of the Hunter Biden scandal revealed, inevitably investigators will be able to cast enough of a shadow of a doubt about Joe Biden’s misdeeds that it will impact the election.
President Biden is already deeply unpopular in the American electorate. An impeachment scandal, even if it fails to convict and remove him from office, will be necessary to undermine his already unpopular reelection bid.
Why Trump Wants to Impeach Biden
That is the real reason behind former President Donald Trump’s calls for the House Republicans to initiate an impeachment inquiry immediately. It doesn’t matter about convicting Biden of crimes.
That’d be great, if the Republicans could do it. But the politics of the current situation prevents that from being a real possibility.
Instead, the Republicans can use this venue in the same way that Democrats used Trump’s first impeachment trial: a chance to besmirch and undermine the sitting president while galvanizing voters for their candidate in the coming election.
It’s ugly. But there it is. And the Democrats have proven that they won’t hesitate to do the same to the Republicans.
Reciprocity, therefore, is key.
The republic is dying due to a severe imbalance that currently favors the Democrats. Republicans can correct the imbalance by using the exact same standards and methods to pursue Democratic Party presidents that Democrats used against Republican presidents.
Further, the Republicans should use those methods and standards before it’s too late.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.