Republican Senators Are Right to Resist Impeachment
Published in The Washington Post
on October 9, 2019
Republican senators leery of removing President Trump from office are under assault as favoring “party over country.” In fact, defending Trump at this stage is exactly what these senators should be doing if they understand and respect their constitutional duties.
Impeachment advocates contend that it’s time for senators to place “country over party.” They say the evidence of Trump’s wrongdoing is so clear even at this stage that backing him is a profile in cowardice. But that belief is unfounded; in fact, the opposite is true.
Put yourself in the mind of a red-state Republican senator. He or she might believe that Trump is a buffoon, a huckster, a rogue. They might believe he is a man-child like Tarzan, raised in the jungle and knowing naught but its rules. They might believe he is corrupt, impressed by flattery and unknowing of right from wrong. Yet they still might conclude their duty compels them to maintain him in office.
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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.