Donald Trump’s Impeachment Threat

Donald Trump’s Impeachment Threat


Donald Trump speaking in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Donald Trump and other embattled Republican candidates are resorting to a particularly bizarre and dangerous tactic in the closing days of the campaign — warning that they may well seek to impeach Hillary Clinton if she wins, or, short of that, tie her up with endless investigations and other delaying tactics.

Of all the arguments advanced by the Trump forces, this has to be among the most preposterous. In effect, what they’re saying is, Mrs. Clinton won’t be able to govern, because we won’t let her. So don’t waste your vote on her. Vote for us.

In a rational world — you know, one that values comity and progress in the national interest — this line of argument would be seen as incendiary at worst and hopelessly wacky at best. Not so in Trumpland, where the candidate himself warns (as he did in Miami on Wednesday) that a Clinton victory would “create an unprecedented and protracted constitutional crisis,” raising the specter that government would be severely hobbled by congressional Republicans’ open-ended investigations and a determination to impeach Mrs. Clinton. All this even if she was fairly elected by a majority of American voters.

“Haven’t we just been through a lot with the Clintons?” Mr. Trump asked. “The work of government would grind to a halt if she were ever elected.”

The tactic is a rejection of the nation’s need of a functioning government and a tacit concession that Mr. Trump may be losing and that he can be saved only by more scare tactics. Other Republican candidates in tight races have picked up this theme. The G.O.P. phrase du jour is “constitutional crisis,” depicting a hog-tied executive and a Republican Congress obsessed with perpetuating their demonization of Mrs. Clinton. Senator Richard Burr, campaigning for re-election in North Carolina, took the Trump fantasy one step further, telling supporters: “Could she pardon herself? And the answer is yes.”

Rudy Giuliani, one of Mr. Trump’s most zealous acolytes, echoed this cry to carry the battle forward into a Clinton administration. “I guarantee you in one year she’ll be impeached and indicted,” Mr. Giuliani promised Iowa voters this week. “It’s just going to happen. We’re going to sort of vote for a Watergate.”

As nonsensical as this strategy appears, these threats could cause real damage by encouraging Republicans in the next Congress to effectively take the government hostage, exacting revenge by making sure that nothing Mrs. Clinton proposes ever comes to pass. President Obama put it well in underlining the dangers. “Right now, because a lot of them think that Trump will lose, they’re already promising even more unprecedented dysfunction in Washington,” he told North Carolina voters this week. “How does our democracy function like that?”

That is not a question remotely of interest to Mr. Trump, in his kamikaze politicking. Yet in recalling the tumultuous impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Mr. Trump neglects to note that he was opposed to it, writing in 2000 that he “got a chuckle out of all the moralists in Congress and in the media.” Mr. Giuliani, before his servile devotion to Mr. Trump, also opposed Mr. Clinton’s impeachment.

Beyond simple hypocrisy, the Republicans’ impeachment threat demonstrates their gathering disrespect for democracy. If they can’t gain control of government fairly, they’ll simply undermine it. It is the clearest warning yet that voters must deliver a firm rejection of the politics of division that Mr. Trump represents.

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  1. On the other hand….. what would happen when mister Trump, the national certified idiot and fool, the registered racist and abuser, would be elected as President of the United States of America?

    Would it not be fitting that when he became PUSA that he himself would be facing impeachment procedures?
    And then perhaps not by the American Congress, although that also cold be a possibility, but by the international community?

    Imagine the national certified idiot become PUSA……. what kind of head of state o any other country would be likely to be seen with this complete idiot?

    Yes, the equally certified idiot PM from the state of Israel, the national murderer of the Philippines, the moron from North Korea, the tyrant fro Turkey, the fascist ruler of the Ukraine, the self-proclaimed royalty of Saudi Arabia, the oppressors from all the other self-proclaimed Arabian Kings and Sheiks, yes, those will come running to the White House the moment mister certified idiot Trump will have taken up house there…..
    Don’t lets forget the huge family of mister Trump’s beloved but probably soon to be dismissed third whorish wife, they will take up house there also the moment the Old Man will have entered!

    And ofcourse the bunch of brown-lickers and pee-slurpers who want to make a profit from and by being known as the In-crowd of the White House, they come in hurdles when Trump and his circus of idiots will have moved in!

    BUT… what about the people who in fact are the ones who are making it possible for America to do what it does?
    Make war, defend decent values and norms, fight religious terrorists!
    Would they want to be seen with the certified idiot of the USA?

    Highly doubtful that people like Merkel, Ollande, and others from for instance western civilized countries would allow Trump to subjecting them to his idiocies, his obligatory stupidities and other sickening atrocities!
    Highly doubtful that People from civilized countries will want to do trade with a government that is existing of rapists, murderers and killers!
    People have knowledge in the year 2016, of facts and backgrounds, of activities in the past, and People have in 2016 the ability to read archives, and talk to other People!
    People know about raping 13-year old girls, and even when it turns out the best mate raped the girl, the one in the WH knew about it, and did nothing!

    People know what idiots did in the past , they know and recall what those idiots said, and did subsequently to what they said and wrote……. and People refuse to be subjected to be held responsible and accountable for the atrocities committed in their name!

    The People of the World have brains now a days, and the People of the World have the Power to get rid of authoritarian idiots and fools!
    Perhaps not always in the most human way and manner, but as we have seen by the idiots of Romania, who were shot in the backyard of a crumbled old farm after having bee driven out of their marble palace, they end up there were they belong: dismissed as the filth they are!

    We, the People of the World do not do deals with idiots, fools or criminals, We, the People of the World make a clean ship, We, the People deal with these idiots and fools, and criminals as We, the People of the World see fit: throw them out, and deal with them as We, the People of the World should have done long ago with those who oppress and suppress us: end their existence as they have tried ending our existence!

    America with Trump in the White House: trade agreements be ended, commitments of cooperations between international bodies will be ended, international companies will leave the USA and move their HQs to other countries, continents, people will move away and out of the USA, and America will become the laughing stock of the World!

    Lost its dignity (as if it has some), lost his honor (as if it has some), and lost his position of power in the world (as if it has one)………..


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