Trump and Republicans deliver for Kentucky

Published 11:55 am Friday, February 7, 2020

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By Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown

A few weeks ago, I accompanied Attorney General Daniel Cameron and other GOP leaders to file President Trump’s ballot paperwork in Kentucky. It is an honor to serve as chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky and our Party proudly stands behind Trump and his administration’s accomplishments for our state and country. Because of his leadership and popularity, Trump is the only Republican presidential candidate on the ballot in Kentucky this year.

Significant reforms such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, and the historic Phase-One Trade Agreement with China show that Trump is fighting relentlessly to level the playing field at home and abroad for American businesses and workers. Reforms like these are bringing more jobs and opportunities to Kentucky, like remarkably low unemployment, record-breaking workforce participation and private-sector investment and more.

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Meanwhile, Trump is also standing up to terrorists with American blood on their hands, by eliminating Qassem Soleimani, while putting forth a bold new approach for peace in the Middle East. This administration’s leadership at home and abroad shows that Trump will never stop fighting for Kentucky and America.

While Trump and Republicans continue to fight for what is right, the Democrats unfortunately continue to pursue what has become a partisan impeachment crusade. From the moment the Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, they’ve focused on undoing the results of the 2016 election through impeachment.

While the Constitution gives Congress the solemn responsibility of oversight, impeachment should be considered the last resort not the first. Further, the way impeachment was embraced by the Democrats not only weaponized the process for future political conflicts, but blurs the roles of the House and Senate. The role of the House of Representatives is to investigate and the Senate’s duty is to conduct a trial based on the case presented by the House, not to further the investigation.

Because the Democrats rushed the process they have built their case on hearsay and very few facts. Consequently they are calling for the Senate to continue the investigation by calling for new witnesses, for new information, not just to clarify key points in their case. This sets a bad precedent for the future.

Because Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats have shown their impeachment crusade to be anything but honest, they have divided our country in a very dangerous way. After bemoaning the alleged urgency of the House’s investigation, Pelosi dragged her feet for a month before sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. The only purpose for this was to drag out this process in the press.

Additionally, she initially recognized that impeachment should be “overwhelming and bipartisan”. However, because of the way they conducted the process in the House, the case was not overwhelming and the articles only passed on partisan lines. Not a single Republican, including our Kentucky GOP members of the House, voted for impeachment.

Consequently, if the House Democrats had done their job fairly in the first place, chances are we would be united around the truth and we wouldn’t be faced with a partisan, political impeachment process that threatens our country’s unity. Fortunately for Kentucky and America, our Bluegrass State’s Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul continue to stand up against the unfair, partisan tactics of the Democrats as the case goes through the Senate trial.

It is a shame that the Democrats have taken our country down this road, dividing the public and distracting us from the real results of Trump and his administration and turning the once-grave recourse of impeachment into nothing but a partisan, political ax to grind.

Sadly the Democrats have selected to use the impeachment process for political purposes; to impact the 2020 elections in their favor. Fortunately, Kentuckians can let their voice be heard in 2020 – by voting to reelect Trump, McConnell, our Republican candidates for the U.S. House Representatives and expand our GOP state legislative super-majorities. By recognizing the accomplishments of our Republican leaders and sending more of them to Frankfort and Washington, the voters will deliver to the Democrats a clear message: the people have had enough of these partisan games and our leaders need to get back to work.