In a new Op-Ed for the Hill, liberal Fox News contributor Juan Williams makes the argument that Democrats could possibly persuade the 20 GOP Senators they would need to vote with them to indict and remove President Trump.
Juan Williams goes as far as naming names and the reasons he has behind them, though many Trump supporters may find his logic laughable.
Juan’s first 4 names are:
Mitt Romney (Utah)
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
Of the 11 Williams names, these 4 are the most believable.
Williams then goes on to name Republican Senators in reelection states where Trump is not popular.
Cory Gardner (Colorado)
Joni Ernest (Iowa)
Martha McSally (Arizona)
Thom Tillis (North Carolina)
These 3 are already sounding outlandish. Does Juan really think McSally would vote with Democrats right after doubling down on calling CNN reporter Manu Raju a “liberal hack?”
Williams then adds 3 More Republican Senators about to retire
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Mike Enzi (Wyoming)
Pat Roberts (Kansas)
Williams then names Rand Paul and Ted Cruz as additional possibilities.
From Juan Williams – TheHill
So, let’s count the four senators who are open to witnesses as perhaps also being open to Trump’s removal, if the testimony is damaging.
Then there are Republicans trying to win reelection in states where Trump is not popular.
Maine’s Collins fits into that category as does Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).
In addition to those five Republicans, there are three GOP senators running in swing states where they have to worry about being labeled as Trump acolytes if an anti-Trump backlash stirs up a big turnout of Democrats in November.
Now add three more Republican senators who are about to retire. They are less vulnerable to intimidation by Trump since they are leaving the political stage.
That makes 11 possible votes to convict, taking us more than halfway to the 20 GOP votes necessary to remove Trump.
Now there is another element to consider — the political grudge.
There are way more than nine GOP senators who have been insulted, berated, demeaned and threatened by Trump since he ran for president.
Here’s a good example: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the loudest advocate for a restrained U.S. foreign policy and a recent critic of Trump’s action against Iran.
Trump once tweeted: “Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.”
Then there’s Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Trump famously suggested Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. He also insulted the senator’s wife and threatened to “spill the beans” about her.
By the way, there is no love lost between Trump and Murkowski.
After the Alaskan voted against the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill, Trump tweeted that she “really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad.”
I’m reminded of a Wall Street Journal piece from last year about Trump defenders who ended up being damaged by covering up for his wrongdoing — men such as National Enquirer publisher David Pecker and lawyer Michael Cohen.
“They pledged fealty to Mr. Trump and dedicated themselves to shielding him,” the Journal wrote. “For a while, they became wealthier and more powerful through their association with him. But Mr. Trump ultimately offered little back in protection or respect.”
The 20 votes may be there.