With much fanfare and oohing and ahhing from the usual corners yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named the impeachment managers for the latest round of the Democrats’ impeachmentpalooza campaign against President Trump.
Among them were a who’s who of prominent #Resistance™ “leaders”, including Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro and California Reps. Ted Lieu and Eric “Honeypot” Swalwell. Here’s the complete list, per The Hill:
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a former constitutional law professor, will serve as the lead impeachment manager. The others are Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette (Colo.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Joaquin Castro (Texas), Eric Swalwell (Calif.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Joe Neguse (Colo.), Madeleine Dean (Pa.) and Del. Stacey Plaskett (Virgin Islands).
“It is their constitutional and patriotic duty to present the case for the President’s impeachment and removal. They will do so guided by their great love of country, determination to protect our democracy and loyalty to our oath to the Constitution,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Pelosi’s inclusion of Swalwell among the managers had many on the right speculating that it was her attempt at rehabilitating his tattered reputation in the aftermath of the deeply disturbing Fang Fang scandal that was first revealed in December 2020.
But it was her naming of Rep. Raskin as the lead impeachment manager that had conservatives reaching back into the way back machine and crying foul. Why? Because Raskin was one of the House Democrats who objected to some of Florida’s electoral votes in the aftermath of the 2016 election where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton:
Interesting flashback here. Jan. 6, 2017. Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin objected to electors. https://t.co/9CUnpxVdwH
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 13, 2021
The lead House manager impeaching President Trump for, among other things, refusing to accept the results of the 2020 election is Rep. Jamie Raskin (D) who … objected to certifying the 2016 Presidential election results.
— RRH Elections (@RRHElections) January 13, 2021
Here’s how the Palm Beach Post reported Raskin’s actions at the time:
One objection — raised by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and quickly ruled out of order by Vice President Joe Biden, who presided over the meeting — contended that 10 of Florida’s 29 electoral votes for Trump should be disallowed because the presidential electors held other offices in the state.
Watch Raskin object to those 10 electoral votes below:
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin objected to Florida's electoral votes in 2017. pic.twitter.com/FsLvJLvA8v
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 13, 2021
So … let me get this straight. Trump is facing impeachment for, in part, urging Republican members of the House to object to electoral vote counts, and Sens. Josh Hawley (MO) and Ted Cruz (TX) are being treated as “traitors” for their objections to some of the electoral votes and are being urged to resign, and yet the lead House impeachment manager himself objected to 10 Florida electoral votes in 2016 for Donald Trump?
Democrats are already facing accusations from Republicans that this is yet another sham impeachment process. Choosing someone as lead impeachment manager who in 2016 did the same thing Hawley and Cruz did in 2020 and that Trump urged Republican members of Congress to do will only further feed into that.
You really cannot make this stuff up. You simply can’t.