Mitch McConnell open to Trump impeachment?

"The View" questions how many GOP members will vote in favor of impeachment against the president.
6:37 | 01/13/21

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American history is set to be made today because the house is voting on a second impeachment of you-know-who, and even though some in the GOP are still objecting, there are high profile Republicans siding with the Democrats this time. Here's what happened on the floor this morning. Take a look. If these actions are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense? The president of the united States is an insurrectionist. He led an insurrection against the United States of America. Right now our focus should be on healing. Unfortunately, I don't believe this resolution will achieve those goals, especially seven days ahead of the inauguration. Today we not only demand accountability for his gross misconduct, but more importantly, we declare to the next trump-like aspiring tyrant, not in America. After the traumatic events of last week, the majority should be taking steps to unite us. Instead, they are only dividing us further. Reportedly Mitch Mcconnell is also pleased at what's happening I don't understand, you know, why suddenly now we're being accused of not wanting peace after there was a huge insurrection in Washington, and a whole bunch of folks who were hellbent on tearing down the government, you know, tried to take all of them out. All of those people's lives were in danger, all of them. I mean, am I -- what am I not seeing here, joy? What's your take? You're perfectly right. It's, like, start telling the truth, and stop, you know, saying that trump won the election, and maybe you'll have some unity in the country, but the thing with Mitch Mcconnell is so interesting. He's such a power broker, you know? It's all about politics with him, and he now knows trump is more of a liability to him than an asset because look at what happened in Georgia. He basically lost the power base for Mitch Mcconnell, and Mitch is not happy. Mitch is not happy, and also I think that, you know, we can see now that the Republican party is split into four different factions. They're a mess, and he wants his faction to be in control, and trump is just in the way. The other thing is I want to just say one word about Liz Cheney who I never have agreed with her, in fact, I never really liked her at all, but and she also is positioning herself possibly to run for president in four years, but I have to give her props today because 70% of Wyoming voted for trump, so she's really out on a limb when she goes up against him and says, we should impeach, and I think that the cheneys, no matter what you may think of them, they're probably traditionalists and probably very patriotic Americans, and let's give it to her for that. Yeah. And hope Liz Cheney continues on this streak of the righteous. Yeah. Hope so. So where do you hope to see things today, Sara? Where do you hope they go? I hope the vote goes through to impeach president trump, and this is why. So we are hearing on the floor, all these representatives, and both people that are for impeachment and those who are against it, keep dropping the word "Unity." We haven't unified right now. We're more divided than we've ever been, and it's continued -- the division is deep and runs years long right now. This voting not to impeach doesn't all of a sudden make it better or unify anyone. We only can show unity if people cross the aisles and vote to do the right thing here. Enough is enough. This was the end of the road for what is acceptable. A lot of these politicians and we've said this over the last four years, language and words matter, and they have flown loose playing politics about how they speak on TV, and a lot of people that defended trump early on said, we want a straight talker. We want someone to shake it up. Well, the civility has dropped so low that this is what it's come to, and right now those same politicians will go home at the end of the night and say, it's my job. It's what I'm paid to do, but people were arming themselves and throwing on fatigues and that's what brought us to where we're at right now. So the scary thing for me is that even when we remove trump, we have a radicalization of people right now that is brewing, and I thought -- I had a stereotype of what that looked like, and it was very uneducated people, and as Meghan mentioned the other day when she said, these are CEOs, and then Martha Raddatz came on and said there were military vets and we saw an olympic swimmer yesterday. I don't even know what the packaging is. It does always happen to be white, but other than that, it's men. It's women, it's all socioeconomic levels, and we have a problem here waiting for a new leader. Even if we get trump out and he needs to be out, like, four years ago, now we need to start asking, what do we do about this brewing, this temperature that keeps flaring its ugly head? Because I don't think getting rid of trump solves our problem completely. What about you, sunny? Do you think -- what do you think needs to happen? Well, certainly getting rid of trump doesn't solve our problem completely, doesn't solve the problem of white supremacy and racism in this country, but it's a start, and I think in order to have unity, you have to have accountability. Now the bottom line is the Democrats have the numbers to impeach, just relying on their own members, just relying on the Democrats. The Democrats need approximately 215 votes to impeach president trump a second time. He will be the first president in U.S. History to be impeached not only once, but twice. I think what will be crucial here will be to see how many Republicans join their democratic members and also vote to impeach. That I think will signal a sea change in that type of unity to see both sides of the house come together and say, this is where it stops. We are stopping this sort of -- this type of divide. We are telling the country that insurrection, someone just trying to incite violence against the members of the house, the members of the senate is wrong. If we see that, I think the country can perhaps start to heal.

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