IA/MN political reaction to impeachment faiilure

Democrats disappointed. Republicans pleased.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 4:33 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 12:37 PM

KIMT-TV 3 News – Reaction to the failure to remove President Donald Trump from office is coming in.

DFL Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement:

“This is a deeply tragic day for our country, our Constitution and our Republic. Senate Republicans have chosen corruption over justice, party over country, and the shameless pursuit of power over their oaths to protect and defend our Constitution.

“Today, Republicans have emblazoned their names into a disgraceful chapter of our history books. Through their acquittal votes, Republicans normalized foreign intervention in our elections and set a precedent that politicians can lie to the American people, abuse the power of their offices, obstruct justice, and get away with it.”

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan released the following statement:

“Today is a good day for our nation as the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump. Following years of baseless attempts to overturn the 2016 election, Senate Democrats including Minnesota’s own Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Flint Smith chose to further divide our nation rather than joining Republicans to focus on bettering the lives of Minnesota families."

“Klobuchar and Smith’s votes prove they have abandoned Minnesota voters to jump on the bandwagon with the far-left, radical Democrats running Congress and their party. Minnesotans deserve better than these partisan games, and in November, Smith’s vote to impeach President Trump will be her own undoing."

“Now that we’ve put this impeachment nonsense to bed, it’s time for Senators Klobuchar and Smith to get back to work for the Minnesota families they claim to represent.”

Jeremy Taylor, candidate for Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, released the following statement:

“Today, Republicans stood up for the Constitution and acquitted President Trump on all articles of impeachment that were sent over by House Democrats. From the President’s first day in office, the socialist left has tried to overturn the election of a duly-elected President, but they failed. It is time for House Democrats to put aside their partisan views and dislike for our President and get back to their constitutional obligation of serving the people that elected them.”

Senator Tina Smith (DFL-Minnesota) posted the following to her official Senate Facebook page:

"Last day."

"Today Senators filed onto the floor of the United States Senate for the last time in this trial of impeachment. One by one we voted, twice, on whether President Trump should be removed from office."

"It was not a suspenseful moment, but it felt as weighty as when I first raised my right hand and pledged to provide impartial justice. I know that is what I did. I have asked myself whether I would have voted to remove a President of my own party had they corruptly abused their power for personal, political benefit, damaging our elections and national security in the process. It’s easy to say yes when the choice is hypothetical. But the answer is yes."

"Now, we go forward. This trial has changed us, but it doesn’t change the core value of America that no one is above the law, including and most especially the President."

"There is nothing inevitable about democracy. It’s not a natural state, it’s a state we have to fight for. The fight for democracy and our Constitution has chosen us in this moment and it’s our job to rise to the moment."

"After this vote, the work of reinforcing the American values of fairness and justice will continue. We have a lot of work to do, but democracy is hard work, and I know that Minnesotans are up to it."

"The truth is that I see more signs of common ground, hope and determination in Minnesota than I do the fractures of division, distrust and partisanship. That is a foundation for us all to build on going forward."

IA/MN Republican National Committee Spokeswoman Preya Samsundar was clear and concise in her opinion:

“Democrats know they can’t beat President Trump, which is why they had to impeach him. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, along with Reps. Cindy Axne, Dave Loebsack, Abby Finkenauer, tried to invalidate the results of the 2016 election, and they will be remembered for their reckless actions. President Trump’s campaign only got stronger as this impeachment sham went on and Iowans will remember the partisan tactics of the do-nothing Democrats on Election Day.” 

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King had this to say:

“As the only Member of Iowa’s House delegation to vote against these sham impeachment articles, I was feeling pretty lonely until I was joined today by both of Iowa’s Senators, Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst, who cast ‘Not Guilty’ votes in the Senate to acquit the President,” said King. “I commend the United States Senate for voting to acquit President Trump. The House impeachment effort was illegitimate from the outset, and President Trump was correct to describe it as a ‘witch hunt’ brought by bitter partisans who never accepted that Americans preferred him to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election."

"Americans have watched this sham impeachment unfold, and what the Democrats have done in their zeal to attack this successful President has appalled them. Rep. Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, faced censure for his misrepresentation of President Trump’s words. In addition to facing censure, Rep. Schiff also held secret impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee that were so one-sided and unfair to the President, I joined many of my Republican colleagues to storm the SCIF in the name of getting transparency into the proceedings. Americans are also deeply suspicious of the coordination that many believe occurred between Rep. Schiff’s staff and the so-called whistleblower."

"The fact of the matter is that there is something deeply un-American about attempting to overthrow a duly elected President while providing little to no information to the public about the person or persons who may be behind the nefarious effort. The Senate did the right thing by voting to acquit President Trump, and I commend Iowa’s two Senators for their votes. I also congratulate President Trump on this outcome, as he has been fully vindicated by the Senate’s actions.”

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann also issued the following statement on what he called the Democrats’ “impeachment madness”:

“By voting for acquittal, Sens. Ernst and Grassley have defended Iowans against the unhinged forces of the radical Left. With this vote, they have upheld our democracy and finally put an end to the Democrats’ efforts to undo the 2016 election results.

“While The Swamp has been trying to impeach the president since Inauguration Day, Sens. Ernst and Grassley have been getting results for Iowans -- including passing the USMCA and working on bills to lower prescription drug costs and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. It’s past time Democrats join them in working on these issues instead of wasting taxpayer money on partisan political stunts.”

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 544046

Reported Deaths: 7037
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1133801672
Ramsey46957847
Dakota41493415
Anoka37550413
Washington24418273
Stearns20651216
St. Louis16500296
Scott15592116
Wright14440124
Olmsted1260496
Sherburne1031779
Carver956143
Clay769089
Rice7454101
Blue Earth682140
Kandiyohi621879
Crow Wing596486
Chisago539948
Otter Tail535173
Benton521396
Mower447732
Winona435749
Douglas434270
Goodhue431971
Nobles396848
Morrison386359
McLeod383254
Beltrami366957
Isanti363959
Itasca359451
Polk359466
Steele349714
Becker346548
Lyon343748
Carlton324352
Freeborn321729
Pine306521
Nicollet300742
Brown291239
Mille Lacs272548
Le Sueur266222
Todd265830
Cass243826
Meeker229337
Waseca227820
Martin209729
Wabasha19803
Roseau194718
Hubbard168541
Renville168543
Dodge16834
Redwood163935
Houston161814
Cottonwood152520
Fillmore15089
Pennington148719
Chippewa143736
Faribault141819
Wadena141221
Sibley133210
Aitkin127436
Kanabec126121
Watonwan12439
Rock121218
Jackson114710
Yellow Medicine109019
Pipestone107525
Murray10169
Pope9936
Swift97718
Marshall84117
Stevens79610
Lake77819
Wilkin75812
Clearwater75614
Koochiching75612
Lac qui Parle73122
Big Stone5544
Lincoln5542
Grant5398
Norman5139
Mahnomen4898
Unassigned48778
Kittson44922
Red Lake3817
Traverse3595
Lake of the Woods2962
Cook1440

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 355246

Reported Deaths: 5797
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk55552598
Linn20170329
Scott18763234
Black Hawk15468306
Woodbury14792219
Johnson1387680
Dubuque13035202
Dallas1082796
Pottawattamie10627160
Story1024647
Warren549086
Clinton531989
Cerro Gordo519386
Webster506191
Sioux503473
Marshall476274
Muscatine455096
Des Moines439365
Wapello4246120
Buena Vista421240
Jasper406670
Plymouth394179
Lee366855
Marion353975
Jones292355
Henry285537
Bremer278260
Carroll277750
Crawford261739
Boone256331
Benton249155
Washington248249
Dickinson238743
Mahaska223449
Jackson217242
Kossuth211561
Clay208625
Tama206371
Delaware201039
Winneshiek192633
Page189320
Buchanan187331
Cedar182723
Fayette182641
Wright178835
Hardin178742
Hamilton177049
Harrison174673
Clayton165455
Butler161834
Mills157520
Cherokee156438
Floyd154542
Lyon153641
Madison152219
Poweshiek152133
Allamakee149051
Iowa144824
Hancock142734
Winnebago135331
Grundy134732
Cass133954
Calhoun133011
Jefferson130535
Emmet127340
Shelby126637
Appanoose126247
Louisa126049
Sac125819
Mitchell125241
Union123732
Chickasaw122015
Humboldt117926
Guthrie116828
Franklin112421
Palo Alto109622
Howard102622
Unassigned10040
Montgomery99737
Clarke98023
Keokuk94330
Monroe93228
Ida88533
Adair84032
Pocahontas83021
Monona80430
Davis79824
Greene76310
Lucas74822
Osceola73816
Worth7018
Taylor65012
Fremont60410
Decatur5899
Van Buren55318
Ringgold53322
Wayne51823
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Adams3264
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