Rep. Andy Biggs on impeachment: Instead of stopping Trump, you’ll make his movement strong
On the floor of the House of Representatives before Wednesday’s impeachment vote against President Donald Trump, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), a devoted ally of the President, said in his two-minute statement criticizing impeachment that such an action would make Trump’s movement stronger, a similar sentiment that’s been expressed by other Republicans opposing impeachment.
The article of impeachment accuses the soon-departing President of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for “incitement of insurrection” regarding last Wednesday’s Capitol riot. While the House is expected to pass the article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday sunk any efforts to reconvene the U.S. Senate for a trial until January 19 without all 100 senators consenting.
“It is with weariness and an unhealthy, morbid curiosity that I watch the beast attempt to devour President Donald J. Trump again,” Biggs said at the opening of his brief statement during the House floor debate on whether to vote for impeachment.
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“The craving to crush President Trump has never been satisfied, not through investigations, not through false allegations, and not even through an impeachment without merit,” he continued.
“And the timing of this impeachment makes little sense,” he added.
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“But your craving was neither a Biden victory nor was it even a Trump defeat. You believe that your hunger will be finally satiated by impeaching this president without completion of his full term of office,” Biggs continued. “You don’t merely seek victory but you seek obliteration of your nemesis.”
“Even if you are successful today and were the Senate to convict President Trump, yours would be a pyrrhic victory; for instead of stopping the Trump train, his movement will grow stronger; for you will have made him a martyr,” he argued.
Biggs then railed against media and corporations, claiming that the Democrats’ “allies in the media seek to censor conservative voices,” and went on to tout Trump’s economic and political agenda.
At the closing of his remarks, Biggs doubled down on his argument that impeachment will only make the Trump movement stronger.
“I urge you, please, do not […] attempt to douse the remaining burning embers of this movement with gasoline,” he said.
Biggs’ remarks come as he is being accused of helping organize the January 6 event that took place just before the deadly assault from rioters on the U.S. Capitol, according to Ali Alexander—one of the lead “Stop The Steal” event organizers—in some December livestreams, The Intercept reported Monday. Alexander also mentioned Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and another Arizona Republican, Rep. Paul Gosar, as being involved in the planning.
News of Biggs’ reported link to Alexander began to pick up steam Sunday, when The Arizona Republic reported it. The congressman’s spokesperson, Daniel Stefanski, denied that the pair had ties in a statement to the publication.
“Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” Stefanski said. “He did not have any contact with protestors or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests.”
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