Want Donald Trump Impeached? Be Careful What You Wish For

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Some of you out there really, really hate President Trump.

Some of you despise the guy so much you want him impeached, and are looking for any reason to make that happen.

Heck, some of you were talking about impeaching him before he was the Republican nominee.

But there’s an old saying, and I think it applies here…

Be careful what you wish for. 

Take a deep breath and step away from your social media rantings for a few minutes to learn how impeachment actually works, and what would happen if Trump were to be removed from office.

First, watch this short video from Reason that explains how impeachment works (crude humor warning – for the transcript, click here):

Second, consider who would replace Trump if he were removed from office (Do you want Mike Pence? Because impeaching Trump is how you get Mike Pence).

There are eighteen (yes, eighteen!) people in the queue for the job.

The Presidential Succession Act establishes the line of succession to the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States in the event that neither a President nor Vice President is able to “discharge the powers and duties of the office.” The current Act was adopted in 1947.

Here’s how the Succession Lineup looks under Trump:

1. Vice President Mike Pence

2. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

3. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch

4. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

5. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

6. Secretary of Defense James Mattis

7. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

8. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

9. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

10. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

11. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta

12. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price

13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson

14. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao *

15. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

16. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin

18. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly

*Chao is not a natural-born US citizen, and is therefore ineligible.

Impeaching Trump would send us down a succession rabbit hole…

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As you can see, it isn’t like impeaching Trump would lead to the candidate of your choice (Hillary and Bernie supporters, I am looking at you) miraculously being placed in the throne Oval Office, suddenly making everything right with the world.

And, speaking of popular candidates…technically, “Nobody” won the election anyway:

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Nick Gillespie of Reason offers some words of caution to those who are throwing the I word around:

But impeachment talk this soon and this thick is coming not from a place of seriousness but pure partisanship and ideology masquerading as disinterested belief in the public good. When the Republicans moved to impeach Bill Clinton back in the 1990s, it was the same thing and it didn’t exactly work out that well for many of the main conspirators, or for the country at large. Among other things, the impeachment push indirectly led to the ouster of Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House, which eventuated in an actual child molester being way high up in the presidential line of succession.

The impeachment of Bill Clinton was one of the major mileposts in the long, ongoing shift of America from a high-trust to a low-trust country, one in which faith, trust, and confidence in most of our major public, private, and civic institutions have taken a massive beating for decades now.

And, as Steve Chapman explains,

Forcing a president from office is among the gravest tasks members of Congress can undertake, and they should refrain unless he gives them no choice. To attempt it with so many questions yet unanswered would look like partisan revenge — not just against Trump but against the people who voted for him.

It’s crucial for impeachment to reflect more than a campaign against a president by the opposition party. Effectively overturning the result of a democratic election demands a national consensus that the president is guilty of serious offenses. Abusing his powers, behaving corruptly or violating his oath of office qualify. Ineptitude, folly and malignance don’t.

Under the best of circumstances, impeachment is a national trauma with lasting consequences, for good or ill. Trump made it to the White House because the nation was so divided. If he is removed, it should be because the nation is united.

It is important to understand that no matter how despicable you may find Trump (and perhaps rightfully so – I am certainly not defending him; I am one of the 46.9% who did not vote), impeaching him will have consequences – potentially disastrous ones.

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  • Cynical Old Bastard

    I lik the way you wrote that, Lily.

  • The failure to be a natural born citizen, as the SCOTUS defined it in Minor v Happersett, didn’t stop Cruz, Rubio, or Lindel from getting on the Republican primary, or Barack Obama from getting into the office, so why should we worry about the 14th option to replace a president who didn’t have sex with Monica Lewinsky either.

    • Lewie Paine

      The Framers, not the Founders, concocted the idea of the EC. It basically creates another level of control. Alexander Hamilton explained the framers’ view of how electors would be chosen, “A small number of persons…will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated decisions.”

      (The Framers and the Founders are two different groups.)

      • Thomas Jefferson was a founder but not a framer.

        • Actually, he was influential in drafting the Constitution, since many of the ideals found in the Declaration of Independence are in the former. He was both a Founder and a Framer.

          http://constitution.laws.com/who-wrote-the-constitution

          • He wrote the Declaration of Independence and was in France during the drafting of the Constitution.
            “John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both undertaking diplomatic missions in Europe during the creation of the final version of the Constitution of the United States; as a result, neither the signature of Thomas Jefferson – nor that of John Adams appear amongst the names of the Constitutional signees”

          • I’m a fucking moron. Sorry, you are completely right this time. My fault.

          • You should always thoroughly vet anything that you intend to use as evidence. I won’t hold you in contempt as a trial judge would:-)

          • Sorry about that. My mistake. Should’ve actually looked it more.

  • tonye

    I’d like to impeach Maxine Waters first.

  • Renee Ciccioni

    I don’t care much for Trump but having a religious nut like Mike Pence or so many on that list sounds just awful.

    • If you consider, as I do, that a statist is a religious nut, the whole list stinks.

  • Impeach the (((true masters))).