Tuesday’s testimony by the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine must be a turning point in Republican senators and House members’ blind loyalty – fear, really – of President Trump.

First published in October 2019.

Other than those who believe in conspiracy theories or the existence of a dark state in the government, you had to have heard the testimony not only as another validation of the whistleblower’s report on Trump, but a frightening tale of a President of the United States clearly using his office as a private throne to honor him and only him, and to serve only his selfish and childish needs. Our country is of the people, by the people and for the people. Not for Donald Trump.

He thinks the Russia investigation was a hoax? He thinks the whistleblower is a made up person? He should try believing that President of the United States attempted to extort another country’s leader to help him win an election. Who’d believe that would ever happen?

But, with Donald Trump it’s always “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” so I expect we will be hearing even more tales of a man who thinks the presidency is like a mafia boss who’s power is unquestioned and whose orders are followed… or else. Trust me, there is more to the story involving matters other than Ukraine.

If the GOP members of the House and the Senate can just acknowledge that their souls are worth more than being tied to the death with a man with a death wish, we could rid the country of this criminal in the Oval Office. Yes, he is a criminal. If you don’t think extortion of another leader is a quid pro quo, it doesn’t have to be. It clearly is a high crime AND misdemeanor.

I never thought Trump would be impeached by the House AND found guilty by the Senate. But how can you not vote to convict a man who used his office to extort to gain a domestic political advantage. Not to mention deprive an ally of millions of military dollars to defend itself.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if he could be shown evidence of a quid pro quo he would change his mind about the President being innocent. Lindsey, is this enough? A 50-year, respected man who has given his entire adult life to this country speaking on the record – does that do it for you? Along with the other evidence already on the table? If not, what the hell will?

And if it’s true that Trump tried to extort the Ukrainian president, what else has he done that we don’t know about? I mean besides getting wealthier by having foreigners stay at his properties? OR trying to award himself a big government contract? He blamed the Democrats and the media for that. No, it was his greed and belief that he is all powerful that did it.

Republicans, hasn’t this gone far enough? This is not a debate over whether we should have conservative or liberal judges. This is not a debate over how big government should be. This is not a debate about free education, or health care.

This is a debate over right or wrong.

Which side are you on?🔷

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[This piece was originally published on the Screaming Moderate and re-published in PMP Magazine on 26 October 2019, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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