Manage episode 282235152 series 2328093
Today, President Donald Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice. A majority of the US House of Representatives—including 10 Republican members—voted to impeach Trump following last week’s violent attack by right-wing extremists on the US Capitol. “Donald Trump will go down in history as the most impeached president, ever,” says Washington DC bureau chief David Corn, on this breaking news edition of the show.
By the time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gavel formalized the historic rebuke of Trump, 232 members had voted for the measure, 197 against. Corn suggests that in the final weeks of his presidency, Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and persistent attacks on the election results will leave an everlasting stain on his legacy. “It was inevitable that the Trump presidency would end ugly.”
The impeachment moves next to the Senate. It is unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will support it. But fractures have already appeared in the traditionally watertight Republican caucus, which has previously acted as a loyal force for Trump over the past four years. The future of the Republican party hangs in the balance.