Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera and congressional aides on Trump’s impeachment
Herb Boyd | 2/4/2021, midnight
Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera has threatened to quit the GOP if Rep. Liz Cheney is ousted for her vote to impeach Trump, insisting she is right to do so.
“She spoke her conscience,” Rivera tweeted on Wednesday. A longtime Trump supporter, Rivera, whose political roots can be traced back to the militant Young Lords, said the Senate should not vote to convict Trump because he believes it would be unconstitutional since he’s no longer in office.
Rep. Cheney of Wyoming is the third leading GOP lawmaker in the House and she awaits the action from her colleagues. It is rumored that the GOP members may also reprimand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia for her promotion of conspiracy theories in support of Trump.
Rivera appears to be trying to have it both ways on the impeachment. On the one hand he has said that Trump incited the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill that led to the deaths of six people; he also said he hopes Trump “beats the case…but there’s no doubt he incited the riot.”
Meanwhile, more than 370 Democratic congressional aides signed a letter urging their bosses, the senators, to convict Trump for inciting the riot in the place where they worked.
“Many of us attended school in the post-Columbine era and were trained to respond to active shooter situations in our classrooms,” the aides wrote in the letter that was published in the New York Times. The mob, the letter continued, was also incited by Trump’s “political allies, some of whom we pass every day in the hallways at work.”
The letter goes on to describe the actual circumstances they faced during the invasion of the Capitol as they hid “behind chairs and under desks” and barricaded themselves in offices, all the while “frantically” trying to reach bosses and colleagues “as they fled for their lives.”
They charge Trump with breaking “America’s 230-year legacy of peaceful transition of power” and they remind their bosses that “six people died. A Capitol Police officer—one of our co-workers who guards and greets us every day—was beaten to death.”
How this letter will aid the move to convict Trump is debatable since for the most part his acquittal, as it stands today, is assured. To convict him requires a 67-vote majority, which means 17 GOP senators would have to join the Democrats.
But Rivera and the congressional aides are to some extent on the same page, though they depart radically on whether Trump should be convicted.