After what happened last week, things will not be ‘normal’ in America for a long time. It’s not clear what normal even looks like in a democracy as fractured as ours. Only time, combined with an effort at seeking justice, will tell.
But it feels good that at least some of the forces of political sanity are asserting themselves.
A bipartisan majority of Representatives have charged the President on a single article of impeachment: incitement of insurrection. All Democrats voted in favor of it, as did 10 Republicans—still too few, but telling given that not one voted to impeach him in 2019.
Now, soon-to-be Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses, and several other Senate Republicans are interested in considering the article.
We promised we would soon be back at work, crowdfunding for Democratic women up and down the ballot. Well, here we are: back in your inbox to remind you that a single vote stands between us and losing the Senate in two short years.
This movement to impeach and convict the President would not be possible if Democrats had not won full control of Congress the same day the President sicced his mob on it.
We barely had a moment last week to celebrate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s wins, but we are celebrating now. We knew winning the Senate was a momentous achievement on Wednesday morning, but by Wednesday night, we realized their wins saved our country from being ruled by people who will use mob violence as a political tool.
We saw on our TVs and in our newsfeeds last week just how dangerous it is to have any Republicans who support Trump in power. Every Republican who stoked the fiction that the election was ‘stolen’ bears responsibility for the attack—and that’s a lot more than just the 147 who voted in favor of this insurrection, even after having their lives threatened.
Democrats *must* maintain control of the House and Senate in 2022. It’s not hyperbole to say the survival of our democracy depends on it.