7 Things: Trump impeached again, Space Command HQ coming to Alabama, Trump calls for no more violence and more …
7. Dorsey thinks his ban of the president is a bad thing; Elon Musk agrees
- The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is publicly lamenting his own platform’s decision to ban President Donald Trump from their platform saying it “sets a precedent I feel is dangerous.” But, even with these words, it is not expected that Twitter will unban the president.
- Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned that the decision by an unelected group of big tech leaders will not play well with a lot of Americans because they would view it as an attempt to silence conservatives. He said, “[A] lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”
6. Tommy Tuberville says Trump made a “mistake”
- U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) believes the latest attempt to impeach President Donald Trump is a “waste of time” but also said that the president knows he made a mistake.
- Tuberville told reporters, “I was up there last week during this thing and President Trump made a mistake,” adding, “He knows it, he admitted it.” This last point is in dispute as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asserted that Trump told him he accepts “some responsibility.” Trump himself told reporters later that he bore no responsibility.
5. Trump: Please don’t commit acts of violence in my name
- President Donald Trump has put out a video statement after the decision was made to impeach him for a second time, and while he didn’t address impeachment, he focused on condemning violence and any future violence that might be committed in support of him.
- Trump said, “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence.” He also stated that no one who supports him would “disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag” or “threaten or harass their fellow Americans.”
4. Space Command coming to Huntsville
- Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the U.S. Space Command Headquarters will be located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. This will directly create 1,500 jobs and will continue to attract business from suppliers and subcontractors.
- Ivey released a statement on the decision, advising, “Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration.” The Air Force added, “Huntsville compared favorably…than any other community, providing a large, qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capacity, and low initial and recurring costs.”
3. Brooks thinks Space Command could move
- U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) suggested that the Biden administration could change where the U.S. Space Command Headquarters is located, as Democrats also control the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
- In a statement released by Brooks, he outlined, “The Space Command HQ’s final location decision will likely be in 2023…it is unknown” if the “decision will hold up and be respected by the Biden/Harris Administration and Congress.”
2. Trump was impeached … again
- The U.S. House of Representatives has officially impeached a sitting president twice for the first time in history, as they voted to impeach President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
- There were 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, making the vote 232-197. In Alabama, the only representative that voted to impeach was U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham).
1. Senate won’t take up impeachment until just before inauguration
- Last night, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he was still undecided on impeachment, adding that he intends “to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
- The Senate isn’t set to meet again until January 19, and it’s being reported that date won’t change, so if President Donald Trump is convicted by the Senate, it won’t be until after he’s left office.