Because my Extended Project for my college work is about Donald Trump, I’ve been doing a lot of research. There was a sudden urge a few weeks back to impeach Donald Trump. Now that feeling is fair enough, he’s a bit of a controversial figure to say the least. However, I don’t think impeachment is the way to go. There’s several reasons for this, and hopefully I can explain them throughout this article. But, why shouldn’t the United States impeach Donald Trump?
Let’s face it though, he’s a bit of a madman. I don’t agree with his politics, so I should want to impeach him, right? No, I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go. I’ll talk more about that later though, enough padding of the article. Here’s why the United States shouldn’t impeach Donald Trump.
Mike Pence is a lot worse
If Donald Trump were to be successfully impeached, then you would have a President Mike Pence. Mike Pence is a hugely controversial figure in the United States because of his stance on multiple social issues. Whereas Trump isn’t a politician, Mike Pence is. Trump has so far made his way through office by plodding around making mistake after mistake. That’s more or less a distraction for more important stuff going on behind the scenes.
It’s a theory called the Dead Cat Theory. Basically Trump distracts you with something, while you’re looking at that some worse decisions are being made, but you don’t notice until it’s too late. It’s honestly quite a smart system. With Pence, this system would probably change. Whether or not that is a bad thing though is entirely down to which aspect you look at this from.
Although Pence will cause a lot less controversy, he’s more capable of making decisions, passing bills and swaying supporters back to the presidency. Basically, Trump is useless, getting rid of him and replacing him with an actual politician isn’t the best idea right now.
Impeachment is extremely unlikely
That’s not a point, is it? That’s just a statement. Well, modern history has shown that impeachment is extremely unlikely. There have been three cases where a President has been impeached. Now the key aspect to note is that while they may have been impeached, they were not removed from office. Removal from office and impeachment are sort of linked together, but not in the way you would initially expect them to be.
For an example let’s use Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Before being removed from office, Richard Nixon resigned. So that’s technically a success, right? He left the office of his own volition to save face? That could very well have been the case for some time, until Bill Clinton was impeached, but finished his term as President. Ironically during this time Clinton’s approval ratings began to increase.
The point is, trying to impeach Donald Trump, from a historical standpoint, is pretty much useless. The chances of a successful impeachment are slim. On top of that, the chances of actually removing him from office are even smaller. So far no modern day President has been impeached properly. They either resign or just continue to be the President.
Has Trump actually committed a crime?
There are three reasons a President can be impeached. Bribery, Treason and Misdemeanour. So has Trump actually committed any of these three crimes? No, not really. He’s committed crimes against the Twitter guidelines, but he’s done nothing majorly criminal. Firing James Comey? That was pretty suspicious, but he made it through unscathed, didn’t he? Actually come to think of it Trump has made it through a lot of controversy in the past nine months.
Yes, a lot of people would agree he’s unfit for the job. But according to rules of impeachment, he hasn’t actually done anything wrong in regard to what he’s saying and doing. Displaying a great deal of pigheadedness and idiocy isn’t a crime that can get you impeached. The ground that Trump is committing treason isn’t one that would hold up in the senate either.
As much as many of us would want it to happen, Donald Trump hasn’t technically done anything wrong. Obviously he’s created an unstable relationship with the rest of the world, but there’s nothing that could pinpoint him down to doing something majorly wrong. Don’t get your hopes up about the impeachment is what I’m saying, it most likely won’t happen.
Is it hopeless to try and impeach Donald Trump from the presidency? Yeah, it pretty much is. But does that mean people should stop trying? Of course not, impeachment creates pressure on a President to either get out of office or up their game. But keep in mind that if Trump does somehow go, then you’ll have Mike Pence to deal with. Ironically in this case Trump is in fact the lesser of two evils. It may not look like it, but it is in fact the case.
Also, if Trump goes, what the hell are shows like Last Week Tonight going to do? They’re hilarious because they’re going off of what Trump is doing. If we get rid of him then we’re losing a source of great comedy. That was originally going to be one of my major points but I’ve decided against it. Not because it’s not a valid point, it’s just that it doesn’t really apply here.
That’s not the point though. There are movements against Trump in the hopes of trying to impeach them, but the impact this will have is probably minimal at best. Maybe it’s worth a try, but who knows what will actually happen. The likelihood of Donald Trump being completely impeached from the office is next to none. Don’t get your hopes up, America has three more years of this to go. In that time I’m sure people will try and set up the process of impeachment. Maybe something will come of it? For me I’m completely skeptical, I doubt Trump will be willing to resign. However saying that, I’m doubtful he’ll run for a second term too.