Primer on Impeachment. With all the hoopla over Wednesday’s vote to impeach Trump (which did not pass but garnered more votes than expected), people seem to have a hard time understanding the difference between IMPEACHING a president and actually REMOVING him from office.
Impeaching a president is similar to obtaining an indictment in criminal courts. A president must be impeached by the House of Representatives before he can be tried. Once he is impeached, a supermajority of the Senate must vote to remove him (2/3). Only then can he be removed from office.
Only two U.S. presidents have ever been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither of them got the 2/3 votes required from the Senate to remove them from office and they both finished their terms.
Richard Nixon was never impeached. As soon as the proceedings were referred to the House he resigned.
Given the current balance of Congress and their proven propensity to support child molesters and sexual predators, i doubt they will have the stomach to impeach, let alone actually kick Trump to the curb. All of which makes the midterm elections so much more important.
Fellow Texans, we must work diligently to defeat Ted Cruz in 2018 and John Cornyn in 2020. We must make sure our representatives hear our voices loud and clear. We will not stand down. We will not be silent. Republicans have called us Snowflakes. If that is the case, then I hope they have their heavy coats cause #WinterIsComing.