Republican California Rep. Tom McClintock said there might not have been any Capitol riot if the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and antifa rioters had been prosecuted “with the same determination” as impeachment.
MCCLINTOCK: “And if we prosecuted BLM and Antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all. Now, short of declaring war, the power of impeachment is the most solemn and consequential act that Congress can take. To use it in this manner, in the heat of the moment, with no hearings, no due process, many members phoning in their votes after a hastily called debate, exactly one week before a new president is to take office, trivializes this power to the point of caricature.
The Democrats have won everything in sight. The House, the Senate and the presidency. In a republic that calls for magnanimity by the victors, only in a banana republic does it call for vengeance. Benjamin Franklin warned us that passion governs and she never governs wisely. In our passions this week, we’ve set some dangerous new precedents that will haunt us for years to come. Yesterday we redefined in tempered speech as a physical incapacity requiring removal from office. Today we define it as a high crime and misdemeanor.
Well, the moment any member of this body gives an impassioned speech and a lunatic fringe of their movement takes license from it, be prepared to answer to this new precedent that we established today. Now, I could cite plenty of provocative speeches made by Democrats that directly preceded violence this summer. But we’ve already had enough of that. You know, after 600,000 Americans have perished in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln appealed to the better angels of our nature. He said, with malice toward none, with charity for all, let us bind up the nation’s wounds.
Those words were so important to the unity of our nation, they’re inscribed in marble at the Lincoln Memorial. I cannot think of a more petty, vindictive and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated president a week before he is to leave office. President-Elect Biden’s promise to heal the nation becomes a hollow mockery in the harsh reality of this unconstitutional act. God help our country.”