Do the right thing — impeach him
Something is in the White House water. Maybe it’s Kool-aid. The only person in the building it seems to have an influence on is Trump.
The rest of the staff seems to get by. The effect of the drink on the others is rather straightforward.
Counselor Kellyanne Conway and
Chief of Staff Mulvaney go on the Sunday morning news shows and they lie, cheat, then lie some more. They leave the news set all smiles. The host knows that they were lying.
They know that the host knows. But after 20 or so of blistering minutes of cross-examination, the guest leaves the set all smiles.
Not so with Trump.
Unlike his staff, he balls up into a seething rage. It is not pretty. His face becomes gnarled with rage. Anonymous sources inside the White House tell us that he yells and screams, most notably about the impeachment probe.
And the latest on that front?
It looks grim for President Trump. Last week I wrote about Trump’s attempt to get the Ukrainian president, in exchange for anti-tank weapons, to hunt down dirt on the Bidens — father and son. Now, he’s using the power of the Commander in Chief to leverage dirt out of China. Australia has also been approached.
One of the historians who regularly appears on TV pointed out that we have never faced something like this in our history. Not even close.
Can anyone imagine Dwight Eisenhower making strategic decisions in the run-up to D-day that would benefit his run for the presidency?
Or Truman considering his election prospects regarding the use of nuclear weapons in Japan? Or Kennedy considering the politics of the Cuban Missile Crisis? It would not happen in any previous administration.
The fact is, Trump has committed a grievous offense — a high crime or misdemeanor. It’s pretty obvious by now that he is going to be impeached. He knows it. He’s rattled to the core, unable to form meaningful sentences.
The big question is the extent to which Republicans will join the effort to get this awful man out of office.
There is some talk that the vice president may go down with Trump.
That would make Nancy Pelosi president. They would have to have the goods on Pence. The only “crime” Mike Pence has turned out to have committed is stupidity. Granted, he’s a dope, but he seems to be amiable.
But stupidity is not an impeachment issue. It’s a question for the voters.
I read where the Congressional leadership is looking at the 25th Amendment once again. It provides a mechanism for removing a president who has lost his way mentally. It would take a majority of the cabinet and the vice president’s participation
The public will not stand for that. It’s a genuine coup. If Democrats tried that stunt, we would be out of office for many years. Let’s leave that alone.
Impeach Mr. Trump and hope the Senate will do the right thing and remove.
George D. Ellis is a Benton attorney. He can be contacted at gellisinben[email protected]