A new Rasmussen survey released Friday shows 51 percent of likely voters agree with President Donald Trump that his impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by House Democrats.
In the wake of impeaching the president for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was busy obstructing the Senate by withholding delivery of the articles of impeachment, pending her approval – a power she does not have under the Constitution she so vigorously defended – of how the Senate trial is conducted.
She was essentially abusing a power that doesn’t really exist.
According to Rasmussen, 46 percent of respondents disagree with Pelosi’s contention that “Our democracy is what is at stake.” Forty percent disagreed with Trump’s post-impeachment statement.
A separate Rasmussen poll earlier in the week, just before the impeachment debate, revealed that 71 percent of likely voters didn’t expect any Republicans to support the impeachment, and none did.
If the impeachment vote aftermath showed anything, it reinforced the notion that if it were not for the double standard, Democrats would have no standards at all.
That much was beginning to surface in Virginia this week as the “Second Amendment Sanctuary” movement swept the Commonwealth, with an overwhelming majority of counties voting themselves sanctuary status. It presented an interesting dilemma for Virginia Democrats, according to the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, which contrasted the chagrin of Democrats over the gun issue, while having earlier seen anti-gun Gov. Ralph Northam twice veto legislation that would have made it illegal for any city in the Commonwealth to declare itself a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens. The editorial was brutally blunt:
“Democrats would be justifiably outraged by this preemptive resistance, except for the fact that they have a sanctuary problem themselves. Gov. Ralph Northam twice vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned sanctuary cities or counties in the commonwealth because, he explained, it would send “a chilling message” to illegal immigrants.
“So Democrats in Richmond will be in the very awkward position of having to condemn rural counties’ stated intentions to ignore any gun laws they might pass—after employing the same tactic themselves with arguably even less legal justification. Unlike immigration and marijuana laws, the Second Amendment is part of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.”
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion this week declaring the “Second Amendment Sanctuary” status has “no legal effect.”
While Pelosi is busy trying to essentially get a quid-pro-quo from the Senate leadership on how it will conduct the actual impeachment trial before she hands over the impeachment documents, Democrats down in Richmond will have to figure out a way to dance around their own hypocrisy.
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