The opinion piece by Republican Ken Buck titled “How I Would Vote on the Impeachment of Donald Trump” is a no-holds-barred assault on Democrats and their attempts to impeach the president. Buck has chosen an approach of uncompromising opposition, and it is clear that he is an unwavering defender of Donald Trump, even as others in his party waiver.
Bucks chooses to call the impeachment effort by Democrats an ‘unconstitutional power grab’, saying they are attempting to undo the result of the 2016 election. He goes on to say that it is a ‘terrible shame’ that Democrats have chosen to eliminate the will of the majority of Americans, and he shows no moderation in his stance.
Buck defends the president’s actions, arguing that any attempt to impeach the president ‘for political gain’ is an abuse of power. He also contends that Democrats are guilty of hypocrisy, suggesting that many of the impeachment efforts are out of personal vendettas.
While the opinion piece is not necessarily a surprise, given Buck’s loyalty to the president, it does represent a highly charged stance that is not shared by the same enthusiasm within other portions of the Republican party. It is an argument that stands in stark contrast to the calls from some of the GOP’s top figures to focus on the betterment of the country, rather than this internal feud.
The unsparing anti-impeachment stance portrayed in the opinion article offers a strong indication of Buck’s confidence in the president and display of loyalty that is rare among his party. Whether it is effective or not in swaying public opinion is another matter, but the piece showcases the sharp divisions that exist within the GOP and why they have struggled in recent years.