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Here’s What You Can Expect Now That President Trump Has Been Impeached By The House Of Representatives

Last night, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The historic votes on two articles of impeachment make President Trump the third president to ever be impeached in the U.S. He is also the first Republican president and the first president in his first term to ever be impeached. Here’s how it went down.

Last night, President Trump held a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan while the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.

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Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment last night. The first was for abuse of power related to his asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden to benefit his reelection efforts. The second article fo impeachment was for obstruction of Congress related to him telling staffers that were subpoenaed to testify to ignore the subpoenas and not testify. Both articles passed with a majority of the votes officially impeaching Trump.

Impeachment does not mean that Trump will be removed from office, however, the impeachment will follow him forever.

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In order for President Trump to be removed from office, there needs to be a 2/3 vote in the Senate following a trial on the articles of impeachment. While it is unclear if the Senate will hold a legitimate trial, the vote for impeachment is going to follow Trump the rest of his life. He will forever be marked in history books as an impeached president.

There was a lot of celebration from people on social media that the House of Representatives voted to defend free and fair elections in the future.

President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have jeopardized the sanctity of U.S. elections and has tarnished the reputation of the nation in the world. By asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a political opponent to benefit his reelection is a clear attack on democracy.

However, some people have questions about what impeachment means if he is not removed from office.

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A simple impeachment is not enough to get a president out of office. However, impeachment is something that will never disappear. His place in the history books will be one of impeachment for corruption and attempting to influence a U.S. election with foreign assistance.

The next step would be a trial in the Senate to determine if the presidnet is removed from office.

The Constitution states that the Senate has the responsibility to hold a trial to determine if the articles of impeachment warrant removing the president from office. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already let the country know that a legitimate trial is not likely.

“I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There’s not anything judicial about it,” McConnell told reporters according to NPR. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi mentioned that the articles of impeachment would be withheld from the Senate.

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Pelosi told reporters that the House would not be appointing impeachment managers and sending the articles to the Senate. Pelosi is withholding the articles until they had a better idea of what the trial would look like. Some people are calling for Pelosi to use the same tactic that McConnell used against President Obama when it came to appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Other people have an issue with the pressure on Nancy Pelosi to act while the Senate ignores the will of the American people.

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The Senate has refused to call witnesses for a legitimate trial on the impeachment. Polls show that the American people want a full and thorough investigation into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. It is to the benefit of the country to have a full and legitimate investigation to bring all of the facts forward.

President Trump reacted to the impeachment news by deflecting and trying to downplay the historic votes to impeach him.

“They happen to have a small majority, and they took that small majority and they forced people,” the president told reporters according to NBC. “Many of those people were like Jeff, where they didn’t want to vote that way,” he added. “But it doesn’t feel — to me, it doesn’t feel like impeachment.”

Trump’s cries that the impeachment proceedings are disenfranchising voters is furthering the argument that the Electoral College has done the same.

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Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in the popular vote by 2 million votes. The Electoral College has undercut the popular vote in several elections benefiting Republicans every time. It is something that Americans have become more and more frustrated with since votes are not being counted appropriately.

In the face of a hostile Senate threatening to give President Trump a pass, Pelosi stands firm in her decision to move forward with impeachment.

What do you think about the current impeachment process?

READ: The House Is Getting Ready To Vote On The Articles Of Impeachment And Here’s What That Means

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Here Are The Southern California Latino Politicians Gov. Newsom Should Consider For Kamala Harris’ Empty Seat

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Here Are The Southern California Latino Politicians Gov. Newsom Should Consider For Kamala Harris’ Empty Seat

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Now that Sen. Kamala Harris will Vice President-elect Harris, there is a lot of talk about who Gov. Gavin Newsom should appoint to the seat. There is a lot of pressure on Gov. Newsom to appoint a person of color and we agree. Here are six Latino politicians from Southern California that should be appointed to the vacant Senate seat.

Hilda Solis

Solis’s political career started in 1992 when she ran for and won a seat in the California State Assembly. In that position, Solis made her presence known and was a crucial voice in the debate on undocumented immigrants backing legislation to make college accessible to undocumented immigrants living in California. Since then, Solis has served in the California State Senate, represented California in the House of Representatives, served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama, and is currently on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Solis has history, experience, and knowledge of politics from local to national levels. In that time, Solis has backed and written legislation and policies on every issue ranging from domestic violence to the environment.

Robert Garcia

Garica is the current mayor of Long Beach and has established himself on the international stage. As mayor of Long Beach, Garcia has worked tirelessly to address climate change and establish strong trade partnerships with countries around the world.

As an openly gay politician, Garcia has used his time in office to work to expand LGBTQ+ rights around the world. The mayor has visited Peru and Honduras Victory Institute and the State Department to take the fight to Latin America.

Nanette Barrágan

Barrágan is currently a congresswoman reprensenting California’s 44th congressional district. The congresswoman would bring a legal background often needed by members of the Senate. Barrágan started to get involved with politics working on African-American outreach for the Clinton administration. Barrágan also spent time working with the NAACP working on health policy and racial health disparities.

Barrágan was one of the members of Congress to go to the U.S.-Mexico border during the Trump administration. Barrágan recorded and exposed the conditions of people legally seeking asylum under Trump’s assault on migrants.

Kevin de León

De León started his political career in 2006 when he was elected to the California State Assembly. After a brief tenure, de León was elected to the California State Senate where he worked on a wide range of issues. De León worked with his colleagues on issues like affirmative consent, the environment, gun control, and transportation.

De León ran for the Senate in 2018 against Sen Dianne Feinstein and lost. Now, de León serves on the Los Angeles City Council filling José Huizar’s former seat. Huizar stepped down due to an investigation into corruption and birbery.

Norma Torres

Torres has had a steady career in politics starting on the Pomona City Council before becoming Mayor of Pomona. From there, Torres served in both the California State Assembly and State Senate before becoming a member of Congress representing California’s 35th congressional district.

As a member of Congress, Torres has worked on the following committees:

  • United States House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
  • United States House Committee on Rules

Alex Padilla

Padilla has been a public servant for California for decades serving as president of the Los Angeles City Council before being part of the California State Senate. In 2015, Padilla became the Secretary of State of California. In 2017, Padilla pushed back against the Trump administration and refused to turn over voter data to the administration. He then went on to win reelection with 64.5 percent of the vote in 2018.

Padilla is currently the favorite to be Gov. Newsom’s choice to fill Vice President-elect Harris’ vacant seat in the Senate.

READ: Kamala Harris’s Husband Is Quitting His Job to Become America’s First ‘Second Gentleman’

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Maduro’s Attempts To Deprive Venezuelans Of Oxygen To Coerce Voters Rings Eerily Similar To Trump’s Threat To Withhold COVID Vaccines From New York

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Maduro’s Attempts To Deprive Venezuelans Of Oxygen To Coerce Voters Rings Eerily Similar To Trump’s Threat To Withhold COVID Vaccines From New York

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It is one of the oldest binding oaths in history: the Hippocratic Oath outlines a physician’s duty to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability and to do no harm.

Still, somehow, 16 members of Cuba’s medical missions to Venezuela say that they were forced to abandon this promise while serving patients. A new report by the New York Times details how these physicians detailed a system of deliberate political manipulation in which Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro Moros used coercion of their services to encourage votes for his Socialist Party.

According to the doctors, various tactics were used to secure votes from patients including the denial of treatment for opposition supporters.

“The Cuban doctors said they were ordered to go door-to-door in impoverished neighborhoods, offering medicine and warning residents that they would be cut off from medical services if they did not vote for Mr. Maduro or his candidates,” writes the New York Times in their latest report about the ongoings in Venezuela. “Many said their superiors directed them to issue the same threats during closed-door consultations with patients seeking treatment for chronic diseases.”

One former Cuban supervisor reported that she and other foreign medical workers were provided with counterfeit identification cards so that they could vote in an election. Another doctor claimed that she was told to give elderly patients “detailed” voting instructions.

“These are the kinds of things you should never do in your life,” the doctor, who spoke to the NYT under the condition of anonymity, stated.

These accounts of manipulation and fraud under Maduro’s legitimate time as president serve as a sort of parallel to the ones Americans face post-2020 election.

Just as Biden supporters have had to combat Trump’s grossly false claims about a “rigged” election, Maduros’ opposition-controlled legislature have had to fight combat claims by Maduro and the results of his undemocratic election.

According to New York Times, “Mr. Maduro’s opponents often accuse Cuba — which has long depended on oil from Venezuela — of propping up his embattled government by sending agents to work with Venezuela’s intelligence agencies, helping its ideological ally crush dissent.”

Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the New York Times report are claims that doctors saw medical supplied hoarded until the May election. (Oddly similar to remarks that Trump has made about withholding a COVID-19 vaccine from New York City.) One physician, Dr. Yansnier Arias, claimed that his supervisors expressed a desire to “flood hospitals” with supplies just before the vote was made in order to make voters believe that Mr. Maduro had solved the country’s shortage difficulties.

“There was oxygen, but they didn’t let me use it,” Dr. Arias told New York Times.“We had to leave it for the election.”

According to New York Times, Dr. Arias defected from the Cuban government’s medical program last year and now lives in Chile.

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