Ohio State Representative John Becker (R) announced that articles of impeachment were officially filed against Republican Governor Mike DeWine.
DeWine has been vehemently criticized for his COVID-19 response that has had devastating effects on the citizens of Ohio.
Articles of impeachment were officially filed against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Republican Rep. John Becker https://t.co/Py1phYB4l9
— WTRF 7News (@WTRF7News) December 1, 2020
Just a ho-hum day:
Outgoing SW Ohio Rep John Becker, 3 GOP colleagues, file 12 articles of impeachment outlining "Gov DeWine’s abuse of power & multiple violations of the Ohio & US constitutions, as well as…mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power & other crimes"
— Darrel Rowland (@darreldrowland) November 30, 2020
DeWine is under fire from fellow Republicans like myself – and for good reason. https://t.co/ppu32xR8Ta
— Jim Renacci (@JimRenacci) November 24, 2020
The Associated Press reported last week on the complaints against DeWine’s authoritative rule:
Early during the coronavirus outbreak, DeWine won praise for his aggressive steps to slow the spread, but since then he has encountered criticism from those who think he went too far with business shutdowns and believe he backed down from protecting the public.
“A lot of people around here enjoy their liberties and feel he’s infringing on them in a big way,” said Richard Delzeith, the GOP chair in rural Mercer County, where DeWine won 80% of the vote two years ago. “People have lost their businesses to the shutdown. They will definitely remember this.”
“People tell me they will never vote for DeWine ever again,” he said. “That’s pretty strong wording.”
Bongino also weighed in on the complaints against DeWine’s abuse of power:
In the Articles of Impeachment, Becker says, DeWine has exceeded his authority and taken on “dictatorial powers,” ignored court orders, illegally shut down the schools. illegally moved the primary date, and illegally closed businesses which,“resulted in record-high unemployment, causing not only increased poverty, increased depression, increased despair, and increased suicides, but also the necessity for state budget cuts impacting schools and social programs when they are needed most;
and WHEREAS, Richard Michael DeWine, having caused massive unemployment, failed to anticipate or plan for more than a million newly unemployed Ohioans who suffered the additional
indignity of being unable to communicate with an overwhelmed Department of Job and Family Services to file claims, creating additional and unnecessary hardship; and
WHEREAS, Richard Michael DeWine has both violated the civil liberties of the general population and demonstrated gross disregard for the general population’s medical health and welfare by shutting down non-emergency healthcare, including dental and vision, and routine maintenance of serious health conditions, which resulted in needless suffering, worsening of treatable conditions, unnecessary reliance on opiates to mask treatable pain, increased poverty due to the higher cost of delayed treatment, increased depression, increased despair, and increased suicides;
And as reported by The Hill:
GOP state Rep. John Becker of Clermont County led a group including fellow Republican state Reps. Nino Vitale, Candice Keller and Paul Zeltwanger in filing 12 articles of impeachment against DeWine, calling it an “effort to restore the rule of law.”
The allegations claim DeWine’s administration implemented unconstitutional orders in response to the pandemic.
In a statement shared with local news outlets, Becker’s office blasted DeWine, alleging “mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open.”
The group of state Republican lawmakers argues that DeWine violated Ohioans’ civil liberties by issuing a stay-at-home order and requiring them to wear masks. They have argued that the face covering rule “promotes fear, turns neighbors against neighbors, and contracts the economy by making people fearful to leave their homes.”
The lawmakers first threatened the articles of impeachment in August, announcing they were being drafted.
To successfully impeach DeWine, a majority vote in the Ohio House of Representatives and a two-thirds majority in the Ohio Senate are needed.
This should serve as a warning to other governors across the country who have become bonafide dictators this year.
These abuses of power must end and the people have had enough of their lockdown mandates that have destroyed small businesses.
There is no data that indicate lockdowns work and they’ve shown to only lead to excess deaths and economic calamity.
Democrat governors have been the worst offenders, but there have certainly been some GOP wannabe dictators.
All of them should be impeached immediately for their disgusting power grabs!