Despite the blockbuster report from the New York Times that former National Security Adviser John Bolton asserts in his soon-to-be released book that President Donald Trump did indeed withhold military aid to Ukraine unless they agreed to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, the GOP-controlled Senate is set to acquit Trump later this afternoon.
Why, you may ask, would Republicans be willing to go to such incredible lengths to protect a man who only cares about himself and appears to be guilty as homemade sin?
As it turns out, the answer is just as selfish as you’d expect. You see, it’s all about money.
Salon writer Sophia Tesfaye reports that Trump’s massive tax cut was especially beneficial to lots of GOP politicians in Washington:
“According to a Center for Public Integrity analysis, several Republican members of Congress directly cashed in on the multibillion-dollar windfall from the corporate tax cuts the GOP pushed through on a party-line vote. With the lowest effective tax rate in the last 40 years, America’s largest corporations proceeded to pour $1 trillion not into increased wages for workers but buybacks of their own stocks, causing stock prices to soar. Coincidentally, many Republican lawmakers who voted for the largest tax cut signed into law by Trump personally owned some of the same stocks whose values significantly increased as a result.”
In case you were wondering, some of Trump’s most eager Senate defenders benefited the most from the tax cut, which you may recall was a campaign promise the president made sure to keep so he could buy the affections of those greedy Republicans:
“Republican senators in purple states, like Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and David Perdue of Georgia, have personally reaped hundreds of millions from the tax law and are repaying the president by serving as his impeachment propaganda machine rather than impartial jurors — even as half of registered voters and a majority of independents in a Fox News poll released on Sunday said the Senate should convict Trump.”
And now Trump is pushing more tax cuts for the rich, just in time for the 2020 election and also so he can again pay off his GOP Praetorian Guard after they vote to exonerate him and keep him in office.