Democrats utter the word daily: Impeachment.

Almost from the day President Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017, leading Democrats have been crying wolf, claiming that the only way to keep America from swirling down the toilet is to forcibly remove him from office.

Rep. Maxine Waters, the 80-year-old California Democrat who has served nearly 30 years in Congress, significantly raised her profile by advocating the impeachment of Trump. She screamed it at rallies, at constituent meetings, and especially on liberal news networks.

“Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ and we define that,” Waters said at a 2017 Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall on Civil Rights event. “Bill Clinton got impeached because he lied. Here you have a president, who I can tell you and guarantee you is in collusion with the Russians to undermine our democracy. Here you have a president who obstructed justice. And here you have a president who lies every day.”

That’s not what special counsel Robert Mueller said after a 22-month investigation into allegations of collusion and obstruction. After 2,800 subpoenas and 500 witness interviews, the counsel’s office found no evidence “that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate” conspired or “knowingly coordinated” with Russians during the 2016 campaign. On obstruction, Mueller reached no conclusions and offered no recommendations.

But on and on the impeachment push went. Until Wednesday, when the whole thing came crashing down — again.

The House voted 332-95 to once again set aside an impeachment resolution from Rep. Al Green (D-TX). The resolution has failed to move forward twice before, on Dec. 6, 2017, and 66 on Jan. 18, 2018, but this time Green added Trump’s “racist” comments as a new reason to impeach.

In a post on Twitter, Green went even further, saying “racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia can no longer be tolerated or ignored. We must impeach. #RacistPresident #ImpeachNow.” In a floor speech on Tuesday night, Green also said Trump’s comments “have legitimatized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

“Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States, is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office,” Green said.

Wednesday’s vote marked the first time that Democrats took the vote while controlling the House. But 137 Democrats voted to table the resolution.

The usual suspects voted against tabling the resolution, such as Waters and “progressive” Reps. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan or Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

But some of the most vocal opponents of Trump tucked their tails between their legs and voted to stop the whole thing, including gadfly Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded the death knell for the resolution before the vote on Wednesday when she said she’d rather keep her party focused on legislative issues. “We have six committees who are working on following the facts,” she said. “That is the serious path that we are on.”

On Thursday, Pelosi was even more dismissive of the impeachment and condemnation resolution. “We’re getting rid of all this right now,” the California Democrat said.

And Pelosi knows what she’s doing. She knows that there are dozens of Democrats in the House from districts in which Trump won in 2016, so supporting his impeachment might end their political careers.

For his part, Green said he still thinks he won.

“In my opinion, it didn’t fail,” Green said. “But whether we get 95 or 5, the point is we have to make a statement to the American people.”

For the record, when a resolution goes down 332-95 — with 137 members of your own party rejecting it — that’s a loss.

A big loss.

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