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Democrat Doug Jones Announces De Facto ‘Retirement’ With Vote to Convict President Trump

There’s no chance Doug Jones expects to be reelected after this vote. The Senator is going into de facto retirement.

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Alabama Democrat Senator Doug Jones revealed on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 that he will be voting to convict President Donald Trump during the impeachment trial.

Jones is viewed as a possible swing vote due to his presence in a state that overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016.

The Alabama Senator’s office issued a statement where he alluded to his oath of office and he vowed to “keep an open mind” during the trial before making this decision.

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“After many sleepless nights, I have reluctantly concluded that the evidence is sufficient to convict the president for both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,” Jones stated. He added that he “read thousands of pages of transcripts, watched videos of testimony, [took] copious notes, reviewed history and precedents and discussed this case with colleagues, staff, and constituents.”

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Jones came to the conclusion that Trump’s dealings with Ukraine “placed his personal interests above the national interests,” and put national security at risk. In Jones’s view, Trump was delaying military aid to Ukraine and sought an announcement that a foreign country was investigating his political opponents. Jones argued that Trump abused his power.

The Alabama Senator did criticize the way House Democrats handled impeachment proceedings.

He believed that they should have challenged Trump’s assertion of executive privilege in the court system. Instead they rejected or willingly decided to not issue subpoenas, and then asserted that Trump’s abuse of executive privilege demonstrated obstruction.

“The second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, gave me even more pause,” Jones stated.

Despite his criticism of the House’s behavior, Jones still maintained his belief that Trump was guilty.

“The president’s actions demonstrate a belief that he is above the law, that Congress has no power whatsoever in questioning or examining his actions, and that all who do so, do so at their peril,” he commented. “That belief, unprecedented in the history of this country, simply must not be permitted to stand.”

Jones expanded on his decision to convict Trump on the Senate floor on Wednesday morning.

“Throughout the trial, one piece of evidence continued to stand out for me,” he remarked “It was the president’s statement that under the Constitution we have Article II and I can do anything I want. That seems to capture this president’s belief about the presidency.”

The impeachment saga is just the latest in the attempts by the political establishment to derail the Trump presidency.

In a clear act to overturn the democratic will of the American people, D.C. hacks want to try to nullify the results of the 2016 elections.

Thankfully, the Senate is in Republican hands and there are not enough votes to convict.

Republicans should use this impeachment fiasco on the campaign trail to demonstrate how obstructionist Democrats are.

This is one saga that the American people should have not been subject to.

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Democrat Congressman Dismisses Low Black Unemployment under Trump

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Even with Black unemployment at its lowest rate in nearly 50 years under the Trump administration’s watch, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn dismissed these numbers.

Clyburn said these numbers are “not true” because Blacks “were fully employed during slavery.” So, “it all depends on how you measure” it, he asserted.

On Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto, host Neil Cavuto chatted with Clyburn about the Trump economy. Clyburn asked whether the president’s policies are beneficial to Black Americans.

“Let’s leave the words aside,” stated Cavuto.  “Whether you like his [Trump’s] style or not, or tweets or not, or comments or not,  he’s delivered the goods for a lot of African-Americans has he not? With record-low unemployment levels for one group or another. Among Africa-Americans, you don’t think that’s something constructive?”

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Clyburn, who voted to impeach Trump back in December, said, “Come on, Neil.  No, no, it’s not true.   I’m saying that the African-American unemployment is not the lowest it’s ever been unless you count slavery.”

“We were fully employed during slavery,” claimed Clyburn. “So it all depends on how you measure this up.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate for African American workers, 16 years and older, was 5.4% in August 2019.  Michael W. Chapman of CNS New said this was the lowest rate in recorded history.

The BLS data for African American begins in 1972, almost 50 years ago.  According to a chart that Chapman posted, the unemployment rate numbers from July through December 2019 were in the 5’s range — 5.9, 5.4, 5.5, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.9. In January 2020, the rate was 6.0 percent.

Clearly Democrat elected officials are in denial about Trump’s economic success.

However, if the Trump administration wants to win black votes, it will need to push immigration restriction given how unskilled labor tends to displace black labor.

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