Ladies and gentlemen
We have the Honey Drippers in the house tonight
They just got back from Washington, DC
I think they got somethin’ they want to say
Before Donald John Trump, only two presidents — Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 — have been impeached by the House of Representatives in U.S. history. Neither was removed from office. Trump who likes to claim he can do anything better than any other president, especially Obama, could have gone in the history books as the only president to be impeached and then win re-election. But he couldn’t stay out of his own way and will go down in history as the only president to be impeached twice.
Now I know some of you are thinking, what about Tricky Dick? Yes, there was a third president, Richard Nixon who resigned amid an impeachment inquiry in 1974. He is the only president to have resigned. Many people wrongly think Nixon was impeached. He was not impeached. Yes, the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment for Nixon in 1974, but Nixon resigned prior to a House vote on those impeachment charges.
He made arrangements to be pardoned by his Vice President, Gerald Ford, who would go on to fill the seat after Nixon resigned. A move Trump refused to make. Instead of excepting his fate, he denied that he lost, claimed the election was stolen from him and incited a insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, as Congress was inside certifying the results of the Nov. 3rd presidential election.
Speaking of Nixon, for those still lost by my intro to this editorial, allow me to break it down for you non Hip-Hop purists.
The words are the opening lyrics to “Impeach the President,” a single by funk band The Honey Drippers, written and produced by Roy Charles Hammond, known as Roy C. It was first released on Alaga Records in 1973, and was re-released to iTunes by Tuff City Records in 2017, after being sampled over 600 times since the mid 1980s to early 1990s, most notably, it is the distinctive beat, Milk and Giz of The Audio Two, let you know they are chilling, on their song Top Billing in 1987, the b-side of the duo’s debut single.
‘What more can I say,‘ Impeach the President was a protest song advocating the impeachment of then-President of the United States Richard Nixon. Others that have sampled the classic funk track include, The Bridge by MC Shan, the intro of The Chronic by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, Around The Way Girl by LL Cool J, Make The Music With Your Mouth Biz by Biz Markie, Funky For You by Nice and Smooth, I Get Around by 2Pac and Head Banger by EPMD just to name a few. Allow me to bring it closer to home, it was also sampled by New Rochelle wordsmith Grand Puba on his solo track featuring Yonkers native Mary J. Blige, Check It Out in 1992, and by Pete Rock as he introduced Mount Vernon’s INI on the track, Fakin Jax in 1996. You get the picture, Impeached the President is one of the most noticeable and sampled beats in Hip-Hop, even if many of you didn’t know it by name when you rocked to songs by the rappers who sampled it. Since the drum beat was sampled so often, I’m sure many of you never heard the entire song.
Some people say that he’s guilty (that he’s guilty)
Some people say I don’t know (I don’t know)
Some people say, give him a chance (give him a chance)
Aw, some people say, wait till he’s convicted (till he’s convicted)
Impeach the President
So I thought this was a good time to educate you about one of my favorite songs. A song that impacted my life – both as a artist and as a lifelong hip-hop head – as I discuss how half the presidential impeachments in American history belong to Donald J. Trump. While the song was a protest song advocating the impeachment of Nixon, its lyrics stand the test of time and could have been released anytime after 2016 advocating for the eventual impeachment, I mean impeachments of the 45th President. What more can I say? History does repeat itself.
Trump lost the White House, lost the popular vote twice, lost the Senate, lost the House and still has the support of many in the Republican party and almost 40 percent of American Voters. His spewing of hate which culminating to the Chaos At The Capitol is endanger of leading the country into a second Civil War. Which led to his second impeachment with less than two weeks left in office.
By refusing to concede, Trump betrays Lincoln and the Republican Party’s roots. The Civil War president understood how important concession and helping a victorious opponent was during a crisis. Lincoln understood that should he lose, helping the nation and ensuring its survival would require swallowing his pride, relinquishing power and working with the president-elect.
In contrast, Trump is only concerned about helping himself and ensuring his survival in life after the White House. His second impeachment came about because his lack of the ability or willingness to swallow his pride and relinquish his power and work with Biden, the president-elect. He rather burn down the system, the Republican Party and the power of the presidency, since he can’t have it. Much like a child who takes their ball home after losing the game so the other kids can’t play because he is no longer playing.
For the second time in a little over a year, the U.S. House has impeached Trump. The House voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for inciting supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 over false claims of a stolen election. The resolution also mentioned Trump’s efforts to get Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “to find 11,780 votes” and overturn the election in his state. So Now What?
Next up is for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to decide when to send the article of impeachment to the Senate. She has already has named the impeachment managers.
Then it’s to the Senate to decide how to handle impeachment. It would take a two-thirds vote to convict, a threshold that lawmakers failed to meet during the trials of Andrew Johnson (1868), Bill Clinton (1998) and Trump first impeachment in 2019.
Then the Senate Trial is held. While Trump’s first trial lasted close to three weeks, the second trial may not take that long. You will have some debate, and some presentation of the indictment. The Senate likely won’t vote on convicting Trump until after he has left office.
If convicted, Trump could face some other charges. If the Senate convicts Trump, it could go further and, by a majority rather than a two-thirds vote, prevent him from ever holding elective office again. That would end any chance of him trying to regain the White House in 2024. Disqualifying an individual is a separate penalty that is available to the Senate. Trump also would lose his pension upon conviction.
But wait don’t celebrate too early, the Dems are good at fumbling the ball on the one yard line. We will have to wait and see how it plays out. How many Republicans remain loyal to him, fearing his base when it comes time for re-election and how many totally cut ties in efforts of rebuilding the party.
Trump made history yesterday when he became the first president to be impeached twice. But will he become the first president to be convicted in the Senate? We will have to wait and see how it plays out. Trump is not just going to go away. He and his supporters will do anything to make sure he continues to get Top Billin’ in the media.