Threat To Democracy: Senate Majority Leader Schumer’s Dismissal Of Mayorkas Impeachment Trial Could Affect Democrats This November And Beyond

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(Townhall) It was quite a memorable week for the Senate. With what narrow control the Democrats have, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was able to spare impeached Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas from a trial. Although Mayorkas was impeached by the House in February, Schumer and his fellow Senate Democrats successfully dismissed the articles of impeachment. In doing so, it’s not merely Mayorkas who is affected, but also vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2024.

The Senate map is looking particularly favorable to Republicans, especially in comparison to 2022. Among the “Toss Up” races are Ohio, where Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is running for reelection against Republican Bernie Moreno. Just like his fellow Democrats, Brown fell in line.


Moreno has been vocal in calling out Brown, releasing statements on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In response to Brown referring to the impeachment effort as a “distraction,” Moreno reminded that “Since Joe Biden took office, nearly 10 million people have invaded our country due to the open border policies of Biden, Mayorkas and Sherrod Brown. It isn’t a ‘distraction’ to demand accountability for the drugs, crime, death and destruction brought into this country because of these policies.” He also insisted that “Sherrod Brown should uphold his constitutional duty and hold a full trial in the Senate for Mayorkas, otherwise it’s a complete dereliction of his duty as a Senator.”

“Rather than uphold his constitutional duty that Ohioans elected him to do, Sherrod Brown sided with the Washington swamp, once again,” said Moreno in a subsequent statement. “By overseeing the worst border invasion in history, Mayorkas has neglected his duties. It is shameful that Brown ran cover for him rather than allowing a fair trial to proceed.”

Another “Toss Up” seat is Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is running for reelection. Although he too voted as he did, he still tried to play both sides of the issue.

The rest of a press release that Tester sent out criticizes the impeachment effort further, but also continues to try to offer self-congratulations, in spite of how he had failed to hold accountable the member of the Biden’s administration most responsible.

Referring to him as “Two-Faced Tester,” Republican candidate Tim Sheehy called out the vulnerable Democrat incumbent at length, including in a quoted repost of Tester’s statement.

Democrats are targeting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has spoken out at length about Schumer’s planned move and ultimate decision to do away with having a trial. In the days leading up to Wednesday, he spoke to Townhall about such a need to hold a trial.

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