Joe Biden is worried that the House’s recent efforts, led by Nancy Pelosi, to impeach President Trump over the extremely bizarre and provably false charge of “inciting an insurrection” may hamper Biden’s ability to do much of anything as president.
He is almost certainly right to be worried, but he is worried for the wrong reasons.
An Extremely Sketchy Election
The 2020 election was shadowed by distrust and suspicion from the very beginning. Countless stories of election fraud and voter irregularities — eventually generating about 1,000 sworn affidavits — emerged after the election. Upon close examination, cases of voting machines switching votes in Michigan, Georgia, and Arizona emerged. Surveillance video in Georgia showed election officials pulling ballots out of suitcases and scanning them multiple times.
Many other suspicious things across many other states as well, and President Trump and his legal team — but more importantly, the president’s nearly 75 million voters — have sought answers to these concerns for months now.
At nearly every turn, they have been arrogantly rebuffed.
Courts have generally refused to even hear evidence of these things, state legislatures refused to do their duty and conduct legitimate audits, and clear evidence that tens of millions of voters may have been disenfranchised has been ignored.
The Elite’s Talk of Healing Is Insincere
These actions — as well as many others too numerous to list — may be irrevocably alienating Trump’s voter base from Biden. Under such conditions, Biden would almost certainly not be able to bring such people “into the fold,” as it were, and induce them to cooperate with him.
Pelosi’s push to impeach Trump a second time on vague and strange charges only exacerbates this already polarized situation.
It would be in Biden’s interest to call for a stop to this and to try and unify the country. But rather than being concerned over impeachment proceedings for those reasons, he is more concerned that the Senate may not have time to confirm his appointees. “Can we go half-day on dealing with the impeachment and half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?” asked Biden.
Biden seeks to pass a new coronavirus relief bill. He also plans other things for his first 100 days in office. But many of these things are sure to be heavily stymied. Rep. Jim Cleburne has suggested that the House could delay sending articles of impeachment to the Senate until after Biden’s first 100 days, but it’s not clear how Trump could be subjected to an impeachment trial if he is no longer president.
Whatever happens, it seems clear that the Biden Administration is in for a bumpy ride.