Political analysts discuss fallout of U.S. Capitol protests

Political analysts discuss fallout of U.S. Capitol protests

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - No Louisiana representatives signed a letter to president-elect Biden asking him to tell Nancy Pelosi to back off the impeachment push.

Although, one state congressman makes his position clear.

As House Democrats push for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, before pursuing impeachment against President Trump, it is unclear where most members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation stand.

“We are at a dangerous point right now in history where we saw a violent fight at the capital and for these elected officials to decide what to do in the final few days is tough as to how to decide to try and bring people together or at least pull the temperature down,” said Fox 8 political analyst Mike Sherman.

Republican congressman Clay Higgins from Lafayette put out a statement saying, “I am firmly opposed to this Democrat political stunt. I am a no on any impeachment vote and the resolution to invoke the 25th Amendment procedures. These unwanted maneuvers only serve to further divide our country”. But the rest of the delegation remains silent.

After the attack on the capitol, Republican senator John Kennedy and Republican congressmen Steve Scalise, Garret Graves, Mike Johnson and Clay Higgins voted to object some states’ certification of electoral votes.

Meantime, Republican senator Bill Cassidy and Democratic congressman Cedric Richmond voted against an electoral challenge of Joe Biden’s victory.

Political strategist James Hartman says, “As for the role the delegation played that’s up for history to decide. Ultimately the responsibility lies with people who were there at the capitol”.

In spite of the events last week, and widespread condemnation of President Trump’s role in it, political analysts say there’s a little political downside for the majority of Louisiana’s congressional delegation to stay loyal to Trump.

“For Republicans in safe districts, where Trump’s approval rating remains high, we have seen continued loyalty to this president,” said Sherman.

Sherman says though Trump is still popular across much of Louisiana, for the first time we are starting to see a collapse in his coalition with recent cabinet resignations.

He says at this point it’s unlikely that many Republicans from Louisiana will support impeachment.

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