HomeNews WireTop Democrat Dissents and Votes ‘Present’ on Impeachment in Astonishing Twist Editor December 20, 2019 With the impeachment vote now being said and done and President Trump officially being the third President of the United States to have ever been impeached, many watched to see what the vote was going to be. We had been hearing that there would be some Democrats who would vote against impeachment, which they did, but the things that was really stunning was that one Democrat voted "Present" on both articles. Some have considered voting "Present" is just a wasted vote – kind of like when people vote for a third party because the opposing party isn't going to vote for the third party so you're just stealing votes from what is typically going to be the Republican Party and therefore losing to the Democratic Party – but it really depends on what is being voted on. In the case of voting on the impeachment of the President, voting "Present" is essentially a vote for "No", in other words basically siding against the Democrats. Come to find out that the Democrat who voted "Present" was none other than Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard declined to vote in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Trump after a contentious debate Wednesday, choosing to vote "present" instead. The House voted 230 to 197 to impeach Trump for abuse of power, mostly along party lines. Lawmakers also voted to impeach the president on a second article, obstruction of Congress, in a 229-198 vote. Gabbard, a 2020 presidential hopeful, released a lengthy statement following the votes. "Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political part," Gabbard said. "After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no." (Fox News) While it is a good thing to see her break with the Democrats on this vote, it will likely hurt her chances of winning the nomination among her party.