From the minute Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States, there has been an active impeachment effort against him. I’m not slinging mere rhetoric here: the Washington Post declared it at 12:19 p.m. on January 20, 2017:
The impeachment drive comes as Democrats and liberal activists are mounting broad opposition to stymie Trump’s agenda. Among the groups organizing challenges to the Trump administration is the American Civil Liberties Union, which plans to wield public-records requests and lawsuits as part of an aggressive action plan aimed at protecting immigrants and pushing for government transparency, among other issues.The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun, Washington Post, January 20, 2017
It would not be a stretch of any kind to say that every “blockbuster,” every leak, every scandal, every revelation blasted into the headlines has been part of the most comprehensive witch hunt in American history. The deep, wide plot to drive Trump from the White House has been in full operation since November 9, 2016. The president is not wrong when he tweets:
Nobody but the most ardent of Trumpists, or the phalanx of unprincipled sycophants, featherbedders, remora, carpetbaggers, grifters, cons and operators can say with a straight face that there’s no witch. You can’t claim that Trump hasn’t at least tried to get away with things that presidents should not be able to get away with.
Cue the whataboutisms here. But Obama did this, and the Clintons did that, and the weak cuck RINOs in Congress have bowed and bent and yielded. Yes, most of it has some grounding in truth. However, good and decent people have also been trampled, primaried, forced to resign, humiliated, and left for dead for doing the right thing. The main theme in Trump’s governance is that he alone doing as he pleases is all that matters. If you’re on board with this, you can ride along–the moment you’re not, you are thrust under the bus.
There have been excesses. And the excesses have gotten worse as Trump has shed even the most resilient and even-keeled advisors in his orbit. All that remain are the bunker-dwellers and his family (who, of late, have wisely kept out of sight).
It was almost inevitable that Trump would do something impeachable in office, given his own proclivities, and the fact that the witch hunters have it in for him.
Let me be clear: The fact that there are witch hunters does not excuse the fact that Trump is being a witch. Because there has been a concerted and coordinated effort to hang Russia collusion on Trump, along with a whole litany of other high crimes and misdemeanors, since he swore his oath of office, does not mean that he can be excused for a months-long effort to arm-twist Ukraine into investigating Burisma to get dirt on Joe Biden, abusing the power of his office for political gain.
The result is what Andy McCarthy has called an unusual impeachment proceeding. Instead of starting with an impeachable crime, the Democrats have started with the desire to impeach, and have been fishing for the crime to base it upon.
If Trump committed the crime, it’s on him. If he did something that could be impeachable, but on its own (in another past, distant, unicorn world when we had other presidents before Trump), would merely be a scandal, but has alienated enough of his own party, and balkanized the government to the point where Democrats have tunnel-vision for impeachment alone, and they impeach him, it’s on him.
My personal opinion has been, and remains, that Trump wants to be impeached, without a conviction. He wants to take live fire without effect. It’s his dopamine fix. It’s also his campaign strategy, because I think if it happens, he’ll win in 2020 by sucking all the air out of the media news cycles and defining whatever Democrat he ends up running against (Warren or Biden–or Bernie?). At heart, Trump is the most pure, genuine troll ever to succeed at politics.
However, there’s a danger: taking live fire means you might get wounded, or killed, politically-speaking. It also means that Congress owes it to the nation to get this right. If they’re going to impeach Trump (and it looks like the Democrats have irretrievably committed themselves to it), then they need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, and ensure they’ve got this buttoned up. If they’re going to impeach him, and burn the witch, they better make sure they’ve got a ton of witchcraft to show.
At this point, I don’t think they’re there. They may never get “there.” That, to me, is troubling, because the next time Trump does something really heinous and impeachable, they will have shot their wad, used their powder, lit the witch-burning pyre, what have you, and I’ve run out of metaphors.
Without the threat of impeachment and the witch hunt, how many of you think Trump will be a good boy and stop trying to be a witch? He wants to be hunted, but he also wants to get away with it. Unfortunately, this is not a game, or Twitter.
It’s always been a witch hunt. The question is, has Trump given the hunters enough of a witch to be burned? The second question is, do we want the next president to be able to freely do what we let Trump get away with? To me, that’s the danger in Trump’s game, and there’s nobody left to stop him from playing.