Donald Trump Jr. Just Accidentally Proved Democrats Right About Retaliation for Senators Who Vote Against Trump

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Head House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) made waves earlier this month while presenting his case against President Donald Trump.

Schiff cited a CBS report that Republican Senators were warned that their heads would be "on a pike" if any of them voted to convict the President.

Moderate Republican Senators were furious when Schiff mentioned the report on the Senate floor, quickly denying there had been any strong-arming or threats of retaliation if their votes didn't align with the rest of the Republican majority. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said of Schiff's comment, "That's where he lost me." Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) shouted "That's not true" from her seat.

Both eventually voted to acquit the President.


Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the sole Republican to vote for conviction of the President on the article of abuse of power. He also cemented his place in history as the first U.S. Senator to vote for the conviction of a President in his own party in an impeachment trial.

As soon as Romney announced his vote, the President's eldest son—Don Jr.—led the charge to expel him from the Republican party, despite Romney being the Republican nominee only one presidential election cycle before Trump.





Other Trump supporters quickly followed Don Jr.'s lead, calling for Mitt Romney's removal from the GOP and disavowing him as a Republican.

The veracity of the "head on a pike" claims became self-evident with the reactions of Trump Jr. and other Republicans.







The President will be making an announcement reacting to the acquittal at noon on Thursday. To the surprise of some, he has yet to tweet about Mitt Romney's dissent.

For more information about Trump's testing of America, check out A Very Stable Genius available here.

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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