Montana’s two congressional Republicans have stated their opposition to the possible second and historic impeachment of President Donald Trump, who’s been widely charged with sparking last week’s insurrection and occupation of the U.S. Capitol building.
Sen. Steve Daines also has criticized social media for banning Trump from their platforms.
House Democrats on Monday, with some Republican support, introduced articles of impeachment alongside a resolution that invokes the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
“I oppose impeachment as well as other methods of denying President Trump his lawful term in office,” Rep. Matt Rosendale said in a statement. “Efforts to impeach or remove the president are media stunts drawn from left-wing fever dreams. January 20th will mark the transfer of power to president-elect Biden.”
Rosendale, now just two weeks into office, has attacked the press on a number of occasions. He joined a small number of Republicans last week in a failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election outcome in several states Trump lost.
That effort played out just as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly riot provoked by Trump hours earlier. Some lawmakers are now suggesting that Rosendale and other members of Congress who helped spawn the insurrection by attempting to overturn the election should be held accountable.
Rosendale has so far denied playing any role in the deadly unrest.
Daines, who intended to support the election overturn initially, changed his mind after the riots broke out, suggesting the nation needed unity, not division.
On Monday, he also announced his opposition to impeachment.
“Now is the time to stand united, move forward together and have a peaceful transition of power,” he said in a statement. “Pushing partisan driven articles of impeachment through Congress days before the inauguration will further divide our country.”
Given Trump’s role in sparking the unrest, coupled with his consistent lies about the election, Twitter over the weekend permanently banned the president from the platform.
Daines has called on Twitter to reinstate Trump’s account, calling it censorship. He did not place any blame upon the president for lying or encouraging insurrection, saying instead that Twitter’s action “further inflames and divides the nation during a time of unrest.”
“The banning of a duly elected official, especially the President of the United States, will have serious repercussions on the dissemination of information and the right of the people to know what their government is doing,” Daines wrote.
“Further, this action is in direct contradiction and inconsistent with how Twitter treats leaders from other nations, including adversaries and authoritarian regimes, such as China, who even ban Twitter from operating within their borders.”