Skip to comments.Year after Trump impeachment vote, town believes their GOP congressman ‘stabbed us all in the back’
Posted on 01/19/2022 7:14:28 AM PST by fluorescence
HANFORD,Calif. It’s been a year now, but in this Central Valley farm town, like the nation, the divide has only grown.
Todd Cotta was working in his gun shop when a customer came in with the news about David Valadao, the Republican congressman for whom Cotta had campaigned across Kings County and beyond just months before.
Bewildered, Cotta turned to his phone and tapped in a text message to a man he considered a friend.
“Hey David. Somebody’s spreading a nasty (rumor) that you voted to impeach Trump,” Cotta wrote. “I certainly hope that’s not true.”
Within seconds, Valadao responded.
The two haven’t talked since.
And, really, neither have the two sides of the country.
A year after President Donald Trump was impeached for a historic second time, few places better illustrate America’s lost middle ground.
Historians will look back to Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, as a day of infamy. But in Valadao’s hometown of Hanford, they point to Jan. 13, 2021, when, as local mechanic Joe Flower puts it, the local congressman “not only stabbed the president but stabbed us all in the back.”
Valadao was one of just 10 Republican House members — and the only one in California — who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the insurrection.
That decision put the 44-year-old dairy farmer and the other reviled Republicans in the crosshairs of Trump himself, who gloated after two of them announced last fall they would not seek re-election: “2 down, 8 to go!”
His Facebook page is often littered with random comments from people still simmering over the vote.
“Time to retire and hand it over to a MAGA candidate,” one commenter posted last month. “You have zero chance because Trump supporters remember your impeachment vote.”
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The Mercury News - this that a**wipe still around?
This guy is in Victor Davis Hanson’s district. VDH said he has no idea why Valadeo voted to impeach but the voters there are PISSED. He has zero shot at re-election. He’s going to get taken out in the primary if he doesn’t quit first.
and its currently 3 down 7 to go.
If the GOP takes back congress they should immediately impeach Joe Biden for failure to secure the border.
Once the Senate fails to remove, the GOP should impeach him again for financial crimes, hunter Biden etc.
Once the Senate fails to remove, the GOP should impeach him a third time just to make a point about what a joke the 2 impeachments against Trump were.
Yeah, the other 7 are masochists and are looking forward to being publicly humiliated.
Whatever their rationale, whatever their reasons, a person is ultimately judged by their actions These 10 Republican Congress members and Romney and Murkowski in the Senate have given notice that they are at best untrustworthy fools. They should not hold Federal office and should be ruthlessly purged.
No guns, NO insurrection.
Agree. Document the indictments with long, comprehensive hearings.
Remember in the PRIMARIES.
I think Jan 6 is only living in infamy in the minds of DC politicians and their people in the media. Notice how Nothing like this is Ever uttered about the riots that burnt down cities by Antics or BLM.
WHY? What good will that do and how much will it cost you and me? If we are going to spend money, spend it on making certain our votes can never be stolen through electoral fraud again!
If Biden is impeached I could see thr media not covering it and calling it political.
Gun shop owner, in the crosshairs - inflamitory language for liberals!
What is "historical" is how the Dems weaponized impeachment for political purposes using hoaxes as their basis for evidence.
Here was Valvadao (Azores, Portugal) had to say on his vote:
“President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6 by encouraging masses of rioters to incite violence on elected officials, staff members, and our representative democracy as a whole,” said Congressman Valadao. “Speaker Pelosi has thrown precedent and process out the window by turning what should be a thorough investigation into a rushed political stunt. I wish, more than anything, that we had more time to hold hearings to ensure due process. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi did not afford us that option. Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It’s time to put country over politics.”
If anything demonstrates low IQ, it’s “using hoaxes as their basis for evidence.”
145 House members voted for Liz Cheney in Feb. to lead them, away from MAGA.
We have a LOT of primarying to do.
That sounds a lot like Mitt Romney’s message at the time, with a little CYA regarding Pelosi. If she rushed things through, then it wasn’t a valid “trial.”
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