Sherrod Brown: ‘In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear’

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote that "fear had its way" in the Senate with President Trump's acquittal.

Senate Republicans handed President Donald Trump the biggest — and most dangerous — win of his presidency to date on Wednesday, voting to acquit Trump of the impeachment charges against him as was expected.

But in private, GOP lawmakers have made clear that their decision was based on fear, according to their colleague Senator Sherrod Brown. The Ohio Democrat wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times that Republicans are afraid of the president — of the massive power he holds to make or break them.

“Of course, the Republican senators who have covered for Mr. Trump love what he delivers for them,” Brown acknowledged. “But Vice President Mike Pence would give them the same judges, the same tax cuts, the same attacks on workers’ rights and the environment. So that’s not really the reason for their united chorus of ‘not guilty.’”

What underlies their acquittal is fear, he wrote.

“They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like ‘Low Energy Jeb’ and ‘Lyin’ Ted,’ or that he might tweet about their disloyalty. Or — worst of all — that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary.”

And they worry that Fox News will turn on them, and conservative talk radio hosts begin their attacks. And they worry about social media — will the Twitter trolls sic their angry followers on such vulnerable Republican senators who stand up for what is right?

Despite the well-rehearsed talking points they spout on cable news, Republicans privately admit that Trump was wrong in seeking foreign election interference to benefit his personal reelection campaign. Some even admit his lies, Brown said.

“They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out,” he wrote.

Brown said he has asked his Republican colleagues, “If the Senate votes to acquit, what will you do to keep this president from getting worse?” Their responses? “Shrugs and sheepish looks.”

These are politicians for whom remaining in power is the ultimate goal.

“But history does not look kindly on politicians who cannot fathom a fate worse than losing an upcoming election,” Brown warned. “They might claim fealty to their cause — those tax cuts — but often it’s a simple attachment to power that keeps them captured.”

“Fear had its way” in the Senate on Wednesday, the lawmaker lamented. But he added: “In November, the American people will have theirs.”

Read the full op-ed.

Comments (15)
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Patriotic Vet
Patriotic Vet

It is despicable that these adults, who formerly seemed to care about their Country, allowed this criminal reality show flim flam man to make fools out of every one of them. History will not be kind to these traitorous ( a person who betrays a friend, country, principle), fools who allowed their countrymen, neighbors, family, and children to be forced to endure what this administration has done to our rivers, streams, wildlife, future economics (as the wealthy have been given tax free status), and any semblance of love of family/neighbor/country. He has replaced that patriotism with hate, racism, and divisiveness.

SDupree
SDupree

Yes, they definitely sounded afraid when they were yelling “Hail the Chief” when Trump entered to do the SOTU address. They were quivering in their boots every time they stood and clapped. This is a prime example of false media, and Democrats eat it up because they actually believe it. SMH

BCSHelby
BCSHelby

...guess they forgot about the old saying "Sticks and Stones".

Channelling the great Vince Lombardi, "what a bunch of candyasses!"

ChrisP
ChrisP

Excellent article. I personally cannot understand how someone can put personal gains above the country like these Senators did. I wish the Constitution had more safeguards in place such as time limits for Senators, age constraints on Supreme Court justices and less power for the executive.

Tamleigh
Tamleigh

This article is one sided... Of course a democrat would say this. They are the ones trying to vote him out.

Starjocky
Starjocky

It's time to vote the Republicans out of office. They are the enemy of intelligent people who know how to think rather than following the mindless heard. My deep admiration goes to Mitt Romney who had the balls to stand up and do what was right. No doubt Trump will go after him, but then, what else could you expect of a man with a vengeful, disgraceful, personality such as Trump's. Get the Republicans out of office and let's have a decent government once again. A government that cares about people rather than just profits and personal gain and glory.

W Detroit
W Detroit

Cowards

MnSkeptic
MnSkeptic

If trump gets impeached again, Congress should vote to have all future voting be anonymous. Then let's see if they will vote with their conscious.


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