“The question then is not whether the President did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did. I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday. …Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with ‘the consent of the governed,’ not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide.”
Lamar Alexander, mind you, is actually being applauded for at least having acknowledged that Trump committed the act of which he is accused. Alexander has conceded that Adam Schiff proved his case. In today’s Republican blindness to facts, the half-right man is king.
Here, however, is the problem: Alexander has willfully ignored the central issue of the impeachment, which is that it has now been proven that Trump will cheat to win the 2020 election, and that an acquittal will empower him to continue cheating. Alexander is saying that “the people” should decide whether to keep Trump as president, but ignores the fact that it is Trump who is urgently trying to interfere with the people’s ability to make that decision.
Senator Alexander does not seem to grasp the weapons-grade incongruity of his position. He is at once advocating for the people’s right to make a decision in a free election, and simultaneously arguing that Trump should be free to interfere with that election.