Trump's bipartisan impeachment is historic

The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. This impeachment, unlike his first, was bipartisan. 모두 말했다, 10 Republican representatives cast their vote to impeach Trump.

This vote makes Wednesday’s impeachment the most bipartisan impeachment of all time.
To be clear, 197 Republicans still voted against impeaching Trump. That shouldn’t be too surprising, 같이 only about 15% of Republicans nationally want Trump to leave office before his term is up next week.
아직도, the fact that so many Republicans got behind removing Trump from office is historic.
Only three other impeachments have ever taken place. They all tell a similar story: impeachments are almost always down the party-line affairs.
During the impeachment of Democrat Andrew Johnson 에 1868, no Democrats voted to impeach him.
Just five House Democrats voted to impeach Democrat Bill Clinton 에 1998.
그리고 마지막으로, no Republicans voted to impeach Trump 에 2019.
What makes the Trump vote even more amazing is that we’re at a very high level of polarization right now. The Democrats who abandoned Clinton were all moderate Democrats. 두 (Virgil Goode and Ralph Hall) would eventually switch parties and serve as Republicans.
There are very few moderate House Republicans right now. 대표. Liz Cheney and Rep. 톰 라이스, who voted for impeachment, are certainly not what most objective observers would consider moderate.
The relatively high number of Republican defectors comes at a time when Trump’s job approval rating with Republicans has dropped below 80% (though it is still well above 70%).
From a statistical angle, it would have been unexpected if more Republicans went against Trump. Trump may be in a valley of Republican support, but he’s still got a lot of it.
Most Republicans hail from safe districts where there is a far greater chance of losing a primary than a general election. Two of the Republicans who voted yes (대표. Don Newhouse and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler) hail from Washington state, where there is the untraditional top-two primary system in which all the candidates regardless of party run against each other.
The only historical parallel to what happened on Wednesday is the abandoned impeachment of Republican President Richard Nixon 에 1974. Nixon stepped down before the House could impeach him.
Although no formal impeachment vote took place involving the entire House, seven of the 17 House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted for at least one article of impeachment against Nixon in July 1974. Keep in mind, there were a lot more moderate Republicans in the House in 1974.
Perhaps as interesting as the divide within the Republican ranks is the uniformity within the Democratic ranks.
Not a single Democrat voted against impeaching Trump. That’s a record for an impeachment.
에 1868, an Independent Republican and Conservative Republican voted against impeaching Johnson.
에 1998, four Republicans voted against all the articles to impeach Clinton.
And when it came to Trump’s last impeachment, two Democrats voted against both articles and one voted present for both.
The fact that Democrats are unified makes a lot of sense. Neither of the Democrats who voted against impeaching Trump last time are still sitting Democratic members of Congress. One of those Democrats is now a Republican (대표. 제프 반 드류) 그리고 나머지 (Collin Peterson) lost re-election last fall. The member who voted present (툴시 개 버드) is no longer in Congress.
더욱이, the Democratic caucus is smaller than it was last go around with fewer moderate members overall.
물론이야, impeachment is just the first step in a two-step process.
The big question going forward is whether the Senate partisan divide mirrors that of the House. 만약 그렇다면, there will be a lot of votes against Trumpbut still not enough to convict.

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