Four Florida moments from the debate over the impeachment of the American house


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President Donald Trump has the dubious honor of becoming the only president in history to be recalled twice – first on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and recently for encouraging his supporters to interfere in confirming election results and inciting an attack on the US Capitol.

Ten Republican members of Congress broke up with their party to vote to accuse Trump inciting rebellion. Miami Republican representatives in the House – MPs Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos A. Giménez and Maria Elvira Salazar – voted against recalling the president because of his role in the invasion of the Capitol. And a number of 197 lawmakers from the House, who voted against the impeachment, including several from Florida, used their platform to continue defending the president after the mafia attack and repeated lies about voter fraud spread by Trump.

Below are four Florida moments of voting on the recall of the US House of Representatives.

Rep. Matt Gaetz spreads false claims and teaches a master class whataboutism. U.S. MP Matt Gaetz, who represents the western part of Panhandle State, is among the president’s staunch defenders in Congress. Gaetz voted for decertification Arizona Voice College, threatened a former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Twitter before Cohen testified against Trump at a House oversight meeting, and openly said that Trump should sorry and members of his administration to avoid future prosecution.

On the floor of the House on Wednesday, Gaetz sounded like a cross between Shakespeare’s monologue and a two-bit lawyer going on fire for this client.

“We have elections in 2020, in which the president correctly pointed out unconstitutional behavior, voting irregularities, concerns about the vote count, dead people and impeachment again,” Gaetz said.

Electoral security experts said it was a 2020 presidential race the safest in American history and that it existed there is no evidence of voter fraud. News too exposed conspiracy theories about people voting behind the grave in states like Michigan.

Gaetz also appears to have blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for some violence at the Capitol.

“Before the rioters broke through that glass, President Pelosi stood behind that rostrum and penetrated through the president’s speech on the state of the Union, provoking anger, indignation, division,” he said. “Some believe that indeed these true colors are now being shown through this divided partisan impeachment.”

Gaetz argued that Democrats incited more violence than Republicans, alluding to social justice protests that followed the police assassination of George Floyd and Breonne Taylor last year.

“Our cities have been on fire for months, police stations have been on fire, our businesses have been smashed and [the Left] they said nothing, “Gaetz said.” They cheered for it, raised funds for it and allowed it to happen in the largest country in the world. Some quoted the metaphor that the president lit a flame. Well, they lit real flames, real fires and we have to put them out. “

Apparently a reference to the arson of a third police station in Minneapolis, Gaetz failed to mention that a self-proclaimed member of the far-right group Boogaloo Bois was arrested on charges of inciting riots after he sprayed a police building with bullets and boasted he helped to ignite it.

Rep. Bill Posey blames the national division for Resist Movement. Posey County includes Vero Beach, Melbourne and Titusville on the east central coast of Florida. The president backed him in his candidacy for re-election last year. Posey discussed how politically divided the nation is and said it was partly the fault of the Resistance, a liberal political movement that formed after Trump was elected president.

“We are now more than ever in our lives a divided nation,” Posey said. “One of the reasons – the Resistance movement, which has harassed, harassed and denigrated the president since his second nomination. Although his sins may be different from yours or mine, they are clearly not treason.”

Posey said the effort to impeach Trump “means nothing more than revenge.”

Republicans generally argue that Americans should go further than what happened at the Capitol. There is nothing to see here. But Democrats argue that releasing Trump with impunity for using his power to incite his base to attack the legislative branch of government is not an option.

Rep. Greg Steube is calling for a KKK lawsuit to defend Trump’s rhetoric. Not every day does a U.S. congressman cite a significant Supreme Court case involving a hate speech by Ku Klux Klan leader to absolve Trump of responsibility in an attack on the Capitol. Rep. Greg Steube, whose district includes Ft. Myers, Sarasota and part of Tampa insisted that there was no language in the president’s address to his supporters that would provoke violence.

“The legal elements of incitement are based on the case of the Supreme Court Brandenburg v. Ohio, in which the Supreme Court has set a standard for speech that can be processed without violating the First Amendment, “Steube said on the floor of the house.” Brandenburg’s speech called for violence against groups of Americans, and the court found that Brandenburg’s comments were not aimed at encouraging or producing ‘immediate lawless action.’ The court determined that it was a protected speech, and he called for violence. That is the current law of the country. The president did not even mention the violence [on January 6], and even less to provoke or encourage. “

In 1964, Clarence Brandenburg, the Clan leader in rural Ohio, gave a speech during a KKK rally and claimed that the United States government was trying to suppress the “white, Caucasian race” and spoke of “revenge” (sic) on blacks and the Jewish people. He announced a plan to march on Washington that year on Independence Day.

Brandenburg has been accused of advocating “the necessity or appropriateness of crime, violence or illegal methods of terrorism as a means to carry out political reform” under state law enacted to oppose social. political and economic radicalism. He was fined $ 1,000 and sentenced to one to ten years in prison, but appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. SCOTUS has reversed its belief and repealed the law under which he was charged. The Court has found that speech advocating unlawful conduct is protected by the First Amendment, unless the speech is aimed at inciting “immediate lawless action“and that such an action is likely to occur.

In the months leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Trump undermined the election process on several occasions and falsely claimed that the election was marred by voter fraud and that Democrats tried to steal his victory. During his speech on Jan. 6, the day Congress met together to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, Trump told a crowd of his supporters that they should be strong, fight, and “suffer no more.”

“We’re fighting too. We’re fighting hell. And if you don’t fight hell, you won’t have land anymore,” Trump said before the riots.

Unpleasant silence of Brian Masta’s representative. Rep. Brian Mast, whose congressional district stretches from West Palm Beach to Port St. Lucie, he thought he had highlighted the point during the recall hearing. He asked if any of the people who stormed the Capitol had been brought to Congress to answer if he had done so because of the president. After standing in silence for 30 seconds, the congressman said, “I don’t seem to get an answer,” and then turned from the podium to an awkward applause.

Mast certainly didn’t realize that his question was incredibly his own, because 1) there is a video of rioters screaming at the police: “We were called here” and “The President of the United States called us” and 2) this does not work like this. You don’t get to storm the Capitol building with riot gear, weapons, and plastic handcuffs, and then show up on the floor of the House with your tail tucked between your legs.

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