Illinois state Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City)
Illinois state Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) argues that there is no mystery as to why Democrats are all of sudden slow-walking their impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
“They seem to have cold feet now and there’s good reason if you think about how the vast majority of Americans, especially in battleground states, are absolutely not in favor of this,” Wilhour told the South Central Reporter. “This is nothing more than the political impeachment radical leftists have been talking about since the day Trump was elected. They’re basically impeaching him without saying he committed a crime, which is emblematic of where we are as a country in terms of political discourse.”
The Democrat-led House of Representatives formally moved last week to impeach the president on articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In Wilhour’s mind, the proceedings all but sealed the party's fate in the 2020 general election.
President Donald J. Trump
“Even after passing the House, there’s no way this will pass the Senate and I think people see it for the total waste of time and resources it is,” Wilhour said. “We’ve been sitting on top of all kinds of important legislation we need to be taking care of, dealing with this nonsense. In the end, I don’t think voters will appreciate that.”
There is also the matter of the job Trump is doing in the White House, Wilhour argues.
“Wages are rising for everyone, including the middle class, and employment for minorities is at an all-time low,” he said. “By lowering taxes and slashing regulations that don’t make sense, Trump has unleashed the power of the American economy. It’s not the hardest thing to do. You just have to have the political courage to do it.”
While Wilhour admits that he does not always agree with everything Trump says or the way he says it, but he insists his end goal is the same as the president's.
“I want to see the president being vindicated in all this and winning reelection in a landslide in 2020,” Wilhour said. “That would be the greatest redemption there can be.”