DONALD Trump has copied the iconic Uncle Sam poster to warn his millions of supporters that the Democrats “are after YOU”.
In the black and white meme, the US President, 73, points his finger at the viewer after becoming the third US President in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives yesterday.
The president is facing allegations that he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the country launched an investigation into the son of Joe Biden, his likely opponent in next year’s election.
As the impeachment was passed, Trump tweeted a meme of himself pointing at the viewer in black and white.
The tweet, pinned to the top of his account reads: “In reality they’re not after me they’re after you.”
He appears to suggest that the Democrats will attack them once he is out of the way.
This is an assault on America
Trump spent much of yesterday tweeting about the impeachment process – even posting 45 tweets before the debate was to start at noon.
And as the House debated, the brash billionaire posted an angry tweet in capital letters calling the process an “assault on America.”
He wrote: “SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS.
“THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!”
He later mocked the vote while addressing a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, the state that helped him win in 2020.
Trump said: “By the way, it doesn’t really feel like we’re getting impeached”, before adding Pelosi and Democrats had given themselves an “eternal mark of shame.”
Tens of millions of people will show up next year to overturn Democratic control of the House and “vote Pelosi the hell out of office,” he said.
“They’re the ones who should be impeached, every one of them,” he said of Democrats.
Crowds booed the name of House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi several times during the speech.
What happens next?
- House speaker Nancy Pelosi must select a team of ‘impeachment managers’ to make the case against Trump in the Senate
- In the coming weeks, Democrats will transfer the case to the upper chamber of Congress – the Senate – which is controlled by the Republicans, Trump’s own party.
- The trial in the Senate could happen as early as January and will decide whether to convict and remove the US President from office.
- However, it is highly likely Trump will be acquitted because two-thirds of senators need to vote to remove him.
- And considering the Republicans have a 53-seat majority in the chamber – Trump will probably survive the process.
At one point during the rally, Trump was heckled by a protester calling for him to be kicked out of the White House.
The woman was quickly removed by security to jeers from supporters, as Trump said: “Get her out of here.”
He went on to describe the protester as a “horrible person” who “made a horrible gesture with the wrong finger.”
Trump told the rally: “The Republicans have never been so affronted but they’ve never been so united.
“The Democrats are lousy politicians but they are vicious, they are the most vicious people. It’s a phony vote.”
The night before the vote, Trump penned an angry letter to Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi branding the impeachment vote an “attempted coup”.
What is impeachment and how does it work?
IMPEACHMENT is a formal charge of serious wrongdoing against a holder of public office in the United States.
It is one of the few ways a sitting president can be kicked out of the White House before an election.
The US Constitution states a president “shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours”.
The “sole power of impeachment” is held by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress.
A simple majority is required – i.e. more than half of Representatives must vote to impeach the president.
Then the case would be tried by the Senate, the upper chamber of Congress, where a two-thirds majority is needed.
While the Senate is still controlled by the Republicans, with 53 of the 100 seats, the Democrats have control of the House of Representatives, with 235 of the 435 seats.
This means that it’s possible for the House of Representatives to pass a vote to impeach the president.
However, a two-thirds majority of 67 Senators voting to impeach Trump would still be needed in the Senate when it is tried.
Pelosi called it great day for the Constitution of the United States, a sad one for America that the presidents reckless activities necessitated us having to introduce articles of impeachment.
A balm for Trump have been opinion polls showing his job approval rating on the rise and the popularity of impeachment on the wane.
More than 600,000 first-time donors have contributed to Republican National Committee and Trump campaign coffers in the last six weeks, according to the RNC.
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