Spotlight Politics: Trump Impeached, Madigan Dethroned

It was a historic day in Washington, D.C., and Springfield. 

President Donald Trump was impeached for an inglorious second time, charged with “incitement of insurrection.” And in Illinois, Rep. Michael Madigan handed the speaker’s gavel over to new leadership.

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Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Paris Schutz and Heather Cherone takes a closer look at both stories in this week’s edition of “Spotlight Politics.”

Trump impeached

The second impeachment came swiftly — and with the help of 10 Republicans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign “and domestic.”

She said of Trump: “He must go, he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

The president, who was permanently suspended from Twitter in the wake of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol, took to the official White House Twitter account to post a video — but declined to mention impeachment.

“I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country — and no place in our movement,” he said in the video.

President-elect Joe Biden says his inauguration next week will be held outside, as planned.

“I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside, and we’ve been getting briefed, I think it’s critically important that there be a real, serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition and threatened people’s lives, defaced public property, caused great damage, that they be held accountable.”

Madigan’s reign ends

He held the title of House speaker for all but two years since 1983.

But on the 50th anniversary of his becoming a state representative, Madigan lost the gavel to Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch – making the representative from suburban Hillside the first Black House speaker in state history.

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