If you look at polls that have been taken recently, about 85% of Democrats believe that Donald Trump should be impeached, tried, convicted, and removed from office. If you ask Republicans the same question, almost the inverse is true. Only 13% feel that way. Independents are about 39% in the latest poll, which means that when you put Republicans and Independents together, you come nowhere near the number of 50%.
Having said that, the whole impeachment thing is holding up everything related to Washington, DC. It has an effect on how many people are showing up and donating to the Democrat candidates for president. It has the opposite effect on fundraising efforts for Donald Trump…he’s setting all kinds of records. And in the end, if indeed Trump IS impeached, but not convicted, there will be an utter backlash against the Democrats.
You hear all of the talking heads saying that this impeachment thing is “a political tool”. Actually, it’s not. It’s a legal tool. Technically (ask the DOJ), you cannot indict a sitting president. You need to remove him from office first, and that’s what impeachment is. It’s the act of bringing up the charges, like what a Grand Jury would do, before the trial. But in the event that an impeachment doesn’t actually result in the removal of the president, there’s little backlash on the political side that brings impeachment. Oh, they may lose the House, or they may not. So, I’ve come up with what should happen.
Let’s say that all of a sudden, Donald Trump’s case becomes very clear. He’s certainly guilty in the court of public opinion that he’s abused his power, or colluded with Russians, or is insane, or a million other things that Adam Schiff wants him impeached for. Both Republicans and Democrats in this instance believe that he should face trial in the Senate, and it’s a bi-partisan effort. He’s tried and convicted and removed…then nothing happens to those in the House that wanted him impeached.
However, since currently, there is nothing that is a punishment for bringing impeachment upon a president, what happens if the Democrats drum up some charges, vote for impeachment without Republican support, it goes to the Senate and Trump is exonerated? Very little happens now. What I propose is that every member of the House that voted for his impeachment lose their seat permanently, and that the other party gets their seat for at least two terms.
Currently, there are 234 Democrats in the House. There are 197 Republicans, 1 Independent, and 3 vacancies. So, let’s say 220 Democrats vote for impeachment, everybody else votes against it. If Trump is found guilty, nothing happens to those people in the House that voted for impeachment…they were right. If, however, he is found “Not Guilty” in the Senate trial, those 220 Democrats lose their seats and can’t serve in any form of government again. In fact, in that case, the Republicans would then have 417 seats in the House for the next four years.
No, it’s not a perfect plan, but it would stop all of the caterwalling. You wouldn’t impeach a president on phony, drummed up charges. You’d want to do it as a bi-partisan effort. And you’d only do it if the “crimes” committed were so outrageous, that it warranted removal. You wouldn’t do it because someone like Hillary Clinton got beat.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!