If you are a Democrat, you’re supposed to be wildly enthusiastic about impeaching Trump and if you’re a Republican, you call it a coup. So call me a Republican, who cares! I don’t support impeaching Trump. I support letting the voters decide in November 2020.
Impeachment will end badly with the Senate voting down every article of impeachment, and Trump will declare he prevented an illegal coup. This is the hard cold reality of impeachment. The two times in our nation’s history that the Senate has voted on articles of impeachment, it has been in a highly partisan manner, No president has ever been thrown out of office by impeachment. Nixon resign, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson both won. There just are not enough Republicans in the Senate that will vote to convict.
Secondly, a recent article in the Washington Post (yes, the Washington Post that Trump hates) makes excellent arguments why there really is no legal obligation for Congress to impeach a president for what they consider impeachable offenses. It is really time some members of Congress get off their high horse, and see that impeachment is a radical solution, overturning the results of an election. The US Constitution only states that our Congress has the sole authority to impeach elected officials for high crimes and misdemeanors and conviction means they are removed from office.
Congress need not vote to impeach. They can stop after the inquiry, and simply say for the good of the country, let Trump complete his last 6 months in office, in deference to the electorate that put him there. Congress is not a law enforcement agency, but should act in what is best for the country. Further, the trial of impeachment is not a fair trial with an unbiased jury. It is just the opposite, a highly emotional and partisan trial. Every American has the right to a fair trial except the President in the removal of office. The question will be not whether Trump actions were wrong, but whether they rise to the level of impeachable offenses?
The inquiry will get bogged down with a long list of subpoenas and nuances about who said what. It is going to be difficult to have a simple clear summary of the offenses. Trump will claim that the Democrats are inventing their own facts and grandstanding. Sure, there are important questions here related to the Mueller report and the whistleblower scandal. At the end of the day, Democrats will cry guilty on all accounts, and Republicans will cry innocent. Trump has recently added to his international dirt finding mission, by enlisting Australia and China’s help. Yes, things are getting nutsy at the White House as Trump tries to the old “distract and deflect” tactics over his reckless actions. One commentator opined that Trump is trying to normalize recklessness and hubris.
If I were in Congress, I wouldn’t support impeachment. Impeachment means months will be wasted ignoring very important issues: climate change, China trade wars, the stalled out talks with North Korea, and the worsening relations with Iran, potentially putting them back on to developing nuclear weapons. Domestic issues are important and our immigration problems are not solved just by wll construction. Yes, I’d like elections to be called right now, but this isn’t Britain.
I have no confidence in Trump and want voters to show him the door in November 2020.