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Trump's bipartisan impeachment is historic

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: U.S. President Donald Trump exits the White House to walk toward Marine One on the South Lawn on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following last week's deadly pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, President Trump is making his first public appearance with a trip to the town of Alamo, Texas to view the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. This impeachment, unlike his first, was bipartisan. All told, 10 Republican representatives cast their vote to impeach Trump.

(CNN)The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.

All told, 10 Republican representatives cast their vote to impeach Trump.

This vote makes Wednesday's impeachment the most bipartisan impeachment of all time.

To be clear, 197 Republicans still voted against impeaching Trump.

Still, the fact that so many Republicans got behind removing Trump from office is historic.

During the impeachment of Democrat Andrew Johnson in 1868, no Democrats voted to impeach him.

Just five House Democrats voted to impeach Democrat Bill Clinton in 1998.

And finally, no Republicans voted to impeach Trump in 2019.

What makes the Trump vote even more amazing is that we're at a very high level of polarization right now.

There are very few moderate House Republicans right now.

Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Tom Rice, who voted for impeachment, are certainly not what most objective observers would consider moderate.

From a statistical angle, it would have been unexpected if more Republicans went against Trump.

Trump may be in a valley of Republican support, but he's still got a lot of it.

Two of the Republicans who voted yes (Rep. Don Newhouse and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler) hail from Washington state, where there is the untraditional top-two primary system in which all the candidates regardless of party run against each other.

The only historical parallel to what happened on Wednesday is the abandoned impeachment of Republican President Richard Nixon in 1974.

Nixon stepped down before the House could impeach him.

Although no formal impeachment vote took place involving the entire House, seven of the 17 House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted for at least one article of impeachment against Nixon in July 1974.

Keep in mind, there were a lot more moderate Republicans in the House in 1974.

Not a single Democrat voted against impeaching Trump.

In 1868, an Independent Republican and Conservative Republican voted against impeaching Johnson.

In 1998, four Republicans voted against all the articles to impeach Clinton.

And when it came to Trump's last impeachment, two Democrats voted against both articles and one voted present for both.

Neither of the Democrats who voted against impeaching Trump last time are still sitting Democratic members of Congress.

If it does, there will be a lot of votes against Trump -- but still not enough to convict.

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