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.
“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.”
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.
Here’s Where Hispanics Will Play a Decisive Role in the 2020 Elections
In 2020, Hispanics will leave their mark in presidential elections.
During the present election cycle, Hispanics will be the country’s largest ethnic minority in a U.S. presidential contest. 32 million Hispanics will be expected to cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election. They will make up 13.3 percent of all eligible voters. That said, the number of Hispanic eligible voters is significantly lower than the 60 million Hispanics who live in the country.
Nationally speaking, 62 percent of Hispanic registered voters identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party On the other hand, 34 percent hold similar inclinations with the Republican Party.
Pew Research Center highlighted five key facts about the geographic distribution of the Latino vote for the 2020 presidential election:
Here are five facts about the geography of Latino voters for the upcoming 2020 presidential election:
1 Two-in-three Latino eligible voters live in just five states. California alone holds roughly a quarter of the nation’s Latino electorate, with 7.9 million Latino eligible voters. Texas is second with 5.6 million, followed by Florida (3.1 million), New York (2.0 million) and Arizona (1.2 million).
2 Latinos make up the highest share of eligible voters in New Mexico (43%). The other top states are California (30%), Texas (30%), Arizona (24%) and Florida (20%).
3 Texas’ 20th Congressional District is home to 359,000 Latino eligible voters, the highest number of any congressional district in the country. Texas’ 16th, 34th and 23rd districts, and Florida’s 26th District, round out the top five, each with at least 321,000 Latino eligible voters.
4 California’s 40th District has the nation’s highest share (80%) of Latinos among its eligible voter population. Texas is home to the next four highest districts, where at least seven-in-ten eligible voters in each are Latino: the 34th District (79%), 16th District (77%), 15th District (73%) and the 28th District (71%).
In 26 congressional districts, Latinos represent at least half of all eligible voters. Most are in California (11 districts) and Texas (eight districts). Florida (25th, 26th and 27th districts), Arizona (3rd and 7th districts), New York (15th District) and Illinois (4th District) also are home to congressional districts that meet this threshold.
5 Only about half of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics are eligible to vote – the smallest share of any racial or ethnic group. While the Hispanic population has grown rapidly in recent decades, many are not eligible voters. More than other racial or ethnic groups, many Hispanics are young (18.6 million are under 18 years old) or non-citizen adults (11.3 million, more than half of whom are unauthorized immigrants).
Hispanics will be one of the key constituents that will play a huge role in American politics from here on out. Despite all the media hype about them being a reliable bloc vote because of the GOP’s supposedly tough stances on immigration restriction, many Hispanics do in fact support tighter controls on immigration. Additionally, in certain crucial swing states such as Florida, Hispanics are beginning to head on over to the Republican side.
Trump’s national populism, not Hispandering, is key in making sure that Democrats don’t turn the Hispanic vote into a dominate segment of its coalition. All things considered, Hispanics will play a pivotal role in leading Donald Trump to victory on November 3.
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