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Hard-charging Democrats have pushed themselves, 'leadership into a corner,' says Rep. Caulkins


By Glenn Minnis | Dec 23, 2019

President Donald J. Trump

Illinois state Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) argues that the Democrats in Congress who pushed so hard for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump are now finding it hard to defend their position.

“I suspect they’re embarrassed by what’s happened and the way they made it happen,” Caulkins told the Chambana Sun of why he thinks Democratic leaders are now hesitating in turning their findings over to the Senate for the next phase of the process. “The articles they’ve written up and passed were just part of a partisan effort where the substance doesn’t come anywhere near meeting the test for high crimes and misdemeanors. This is all about a personal attack on the president that sets a dangerous precedent.”

Trump is formally charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Illinois state Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur)

“After the transcript was released, it should be obvious to anyone unbiased that none of this rose to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors," Caulkins said. “Perhaps the president’s conversation was somewhat inarticulate, but I give him the benefit of the doubt and believe he wasn’t trying to get anything personally. This was about a group of radical Democrats who pushed leadership into a corner.”

Caulkins hopes that American voters see what he does as they prepare to go to the ballot box in 2020.

“You can disagree on some things with the president, but you have to look at what the administration has done and admit that it has been beneficial to the people of this county,” Caulkins said. “Those are the issues we elect someone as president on and the direction to lead us into. You can’t disagree with his agenda. If you look at this country objectively, we are leading the way again on so many fronts.”

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