Republican Congressman Peter Meijer thinks former President Trump “destroyed” his legacy on January 6, calling the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters the “defining moment” of his presidency. Meijer was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote to impeach Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection last month.
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In an interview with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, Meijer said he believed Trump would have “secured himself an interesting but positive place in the history books” if he had just acknowledged that he lost the presidential election in December, after the Electoral College had certified now-President Biden as the victor. Meijer spoke with Garrett for this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast.
“I frankly think that, despite all of the tweets and tension, that is an administration that would have aged well once some things were moved passed. But honestly now, the events of January 6 — that was the capstone, that was the defining moment,” Meijer said. “And I think that a storming of the Capitol by Trump’s supporters — that erased, that destroyed all the positive components of that legacy.”
Meijer said that he also would have voted to impeach Trump if House Democrats had drafted an article condemning the president for his inaction on January 6. He added that he was “speechless” that the president had declined to act while his own vice president was at the Capitol.
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“We had the number two, three, and four in the line of succession after the president in that building and he stood by and watched. We’re frankly incredibly lucky that day wasn’t worse than it was,” Meijer said.
Meijer pushed back against critics saying that impeachment was divided, saying that unity could not be achieved unless there was accountability.
“I hope that we can get to a point where we can move on, but you can’t do that if you don’t address the wound. If you just paper it over, it’s only going to get worse and worse,” he said.