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Mark Meadows stuns with announcement he won’t seek reelection, vows to fight on to defend Trump

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A day after House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump, thus potentially ensuring their doom come 2020 (if the polls are to be believed), Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows announced his upcoming retirement from office, thus making it even harder for Republicans to retake the House next year.

It’s almost as if, for every step forward the GOP takes (either by their own actions or the actions of obsessed Democrats), they take two steps back …

For everything, there is a season. After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term,” Meadows said in a statement published Thursday morning.

The statement was issued only hours after he himself noted on Twitter that the American people won’t forget that the Democrats just “voted to impeach [Trump] for a crime they couldn’t find and a case they couldn’t approve.”

And he wasn’t just talking trash. Recent polls show that one, a plurality of Americans now oppose impeachment, and two, Trump is now leading his Democrat challengers in the 2020 race.

Suffice it to say, the Democrats’ impeachment obsession appears to have swung the political momentum back toward the Republicans, which raises the question of why Meadows would jeopardize these gains by resigning from office.

“This was a decision I struggled with greatly,” his statement continued. “These last 8 years, I have been so blessed to serve the people of NC-11 and help give a voice to millions of Americans who feel Washington, DC has forgotten them.”

“Since serving alongside President Trump, I have been a witness to historic economic prosperity, unemployment levels I only dreamed of when I took office, tax and regulatory reforms that are putting the American worker first, our Israeli embassy moved to Jerusalem, and trade deals that were once thought impossible. I have seen our law enforcement and first responders receive the support they deserve and our military once again put on a path to maintain its superiority.”

True, but if Republicans retake the House next year — a feat that would be more achievable if he, a well-recognized Republican with weight to his name, were still in the race — even more could be accomplished from 2021 through 2024.

Meadows concluded his statement by claiming that, despite his resignation, his work with the president and his administration “is only beginning.”

“This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come,” he said.

“I’ve always said Congress is a temporary job, but the fight to return Washington, DC to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun. To the people of Western North Carolina: it’s been my honor to be your Congressman. Thank you for your trust, faith, and support. God bless you.”

But not included in his statement were details on how exactly he plans “staying in the fight.” Nor did he expound further on this while reportedly speaking with Politico in an interview Wednesday.

“Obviously, I’ve looked at this as a temporary job,” he said to Politico’s Jake Sherman. “Endorsed term limits — never ran on a term-limit pledge. Every year it’s a decision whether you’re going to run again.”

“Probably the hardest thing for me was the timing of this because the president has accomplished so much. I’m not only an ally but will continue to be an ally. And we’ve had discussions on how we can work more closely together in the future and I felt like filing and then potentially resigning at some point in the future would not serve my constituents in North Carolina best.”

If Republicans fail to retake the House next year, the president (assuming he wins the election) and thus the American people are guaranteed four more years of endless investigations and additional impeachments.

As can be expected, the congressman’s announcement isn’t being well-received by those among the base who realize the implications of losing yet another top Republican:

As of late December, at least 21 House Republicans but only six House Democrats were slated to retire in 2020.

Vivek Saxena

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