Briefly, what’s going on in D.C., well like we were saying yesterday, Dems want Trump out, they’ve always wanted Trump out, but now they think they have a smoking gun reason to get him out.
Schumer and now Pelosi have called for the removal of the president from office, either through the invocation of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment by Vice President Pence and the President’s cabinet, or through the impeachment process in the House followed by a trial in the Senate.
Neither of those situations seem highly likely, given that Vice President Pence is reportedly, according to an anonymous source for the New York Times, opposed to invoking the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, and many cabinet members do not want to invoke the Twenty-Fifth either because they think it will simply add to the current chaos in D.C. rather than help it. Speaking of cabinet members of course, two of Trump’s cabinet members resigned yesterday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who also happens to be Mitch McConnell’s wife, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Trump’s removal is also unlikely using the congressional path because that path takes time and also willingness, even if Democrats did impeach Trump in the House, and they would still need some Republicans because they would need two-thirds to impeach in the House, and beyond that you would need a two-thirds majority in the Senate to actually convict him of the crimes laid out in the articles of impeachment, meaning that several Republicans in both houses of Congress would have to vote to convict Trump.
And while I think that would be a marvelous repudiation of Donald Trump by his own party, I doubt that enough Republicans would have the grit to go along with that, though at least one Republican in Congress would, as I mentioned yesterday, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois’s Sixteenth Congressional District said, “Here’s the truth: the president caused this.
The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.” Thus far, Kinzinger is the only Republican member of Congress to express such an opinion. Of course Donald Trump released a recorded statement yesterday in which he condemned the attack on the Capitol and urged the country to move on.
He said his focus now turns from contesting the election to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. I’ve put a link to Trump’s statement in the description below along with a transcript of the follow statement. Honestly, this was too little too late. The damage has been done, and Trump is the one who incited it. By the way, Trump confirmed this morning on Twitter, yes he’s back on Twitter, that he will not be attending Biden’s inauguration on January Twentieth.
Now let’s talk about two thousand dollar stimulus checks, which if they are passed will for many people be fourteen-hundred-dollar stimulus checks because you already got the six hundred because the way these bills are written at this point, it’s merely increasing the stimulus payment in the previous bill.
Good news on that front is of course that Joe Biden wants two thousand dollar stimulus checks, Nancy Pelosi wants two thousand dollar stimulus checks, Chuck Schumer wants two thousand dollar stimulus checks, matter of fact, Schumer said that they’re one of the first things he wants to do when he becomes majority leader.
However, there are still roadblocks, we know Republican senators will be a roadblock, however, it appears that we have also lost one Democratic senator when it comes to approving two thousand dollar stimulus checks, which is unfortunate because if two thousand dollar stimulus checks are put on the Senate floor, we will need all the help we can get from Senators on both sides of the aisle, and it appears that it’s no longer a certainty that all fifty Democrats and Independents will be in favor of two thousand dollar stimulus checks.
This morning Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, who was quarterbacking the bipartisan proposal that captured our attention for so long, said he would “absolutely not” support a new round of stimulus checks even though Biden wants them even though Pelosi wants them even though Schumer wants them. In an interview with the Washington Post, Manchin said when asked if he would support another round of stimulus checks, “Absolutely not. No. Getting people vaccinated, that’s job Number One.
How is the money that we invest now going to help us best to get jobs back and get people employed? And I can’t tell you that sending another check out is gonna do that to a person that’s already got a check.” Folks, this is unfortunate.
Do we have a new stimulus villain here in Joe Manchin? Remember, that bipartisan bill, didn’t even include stimulus checks, the six hundred dollar stimulus checks, that was a Steven Mnuchin innovation. Oh and by the way, Manchin’s also the guy who said he would not be the fiftieth vote to do away with the filibuster, so if you’re thinking, well the Dems are gonna do away with the filibuster, I don’t think that’s gonna happen either.
So that is some unfortunate news there. Despite Schumer calling two thousand dollar stimulus checks one of the first things he want to do as minority leader, there are still some roadblocks ahead.
And even in terms of the other things that Biden wants to do for stimulus, like extending unemployment for example, let’s just say I think there’s even less support among Republican senators for that than for two thousand dollar stimulus checks.
In terms of COVID-19, folks, it’s getting scary out there, I haven’t really put this chart on the screen recently, but two hundred and eighty thousand, two hundred and ninety-two new cases yesterday with four thousand, one hundred and twelve deaths, that’s a new death record.
Some good news on the COVID front, though, is that a new study suggests that the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is effective against a new mutation of the virus that we’ve heard about in the news recently.