Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) made a fool of herself and embarrassed her state on Friday by bizarrely responding to Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) warning that removing President Donald Trump from office is the only way to truly protect the 2020 Election.
Trump is on trial in the Senate for abusing his power when he tried to extort Ukraine into interfering with the 2020 Election via opening a sham investigation into his political rivals. Therefore, he must be removed from office to ensure that the election is fair because he will only continue trying to rig it in his favor if Senate Republicans vote to acquit.
“The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box,” Schiff said in his role as a House impeachment manager this week. “For we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”
Cue Trump’s most desperate defenders, including McSally, who is currently in a tight Senate race in Arizona against retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.
In a reply on Twitter, McSally insisted that the American people should get to decide if Trump should still be president and falsely accused Schiff of having a low opinion of the voting public.
I could not disagree more strongly with Schiff and his managers that we can’t trust American voters to decide who should be their president. They could do without his disdain for opinion of the American people and for the durability of our representative republic. https://t.co/vbfG8vuY2q
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 24, 2020
Of course, Schiff has never demonstrated nor spoken any such disdain, and the reason why impeachment exists is so that Congress can remove a corrupt president from office. If the founders wanted to leave it up to the people, they would have excluded impeachment from the Constitution. But they didn’t.
While the American people are a safeguard for our democracy, impeachment serves the same purpose, something McSally would know if she knew anything about the Constitution and history.
In response to McSally, GOP strategist Stuart Stevens fired back by reminding her that the American people did not put her in the Senate.
Not to get all technical but if it was up to voters, you wouldn’t be in the Senate. https://t.co/NzK5ueJR5Z
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) January 24, 2020
Indeed, McSally lost her bid for the Senate in 2018 when she lost to Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) by 50,000 votes. The only reason she is in the Senate now is that Arizona’s Republican governor appointed her to fill the late Senator John McCain’s seat after he died and after Jon Kyl retired from the post himself. The voters had no say in who filled McCain’s seat. Had they, McSally would likely have not been elected.
But Arizona voters will get the chance to decide McSally’s fate in November when she faces the consequences of choosing to protect Trump over the Constitution and the country.
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