Hannah McDermott | Patriots Freedom
So, they’re at it again. You know those Democrats. They’ll stop at nothing to take Trump down, even if it means they have to wait until he’s no longer seated in the Oval Office to do so. They plan to forge ahead with their impeachment plans. Because, you know. . .he’s so dangerous to the general public and all.
But, how does this work, exactly? A President has never actually been impeached after his term ended, right? Unless Mitch McConnell changes his mind and decides to rush a Senate vote through before January 20th, it’s clearly not going to happen between now and then. After that date Trump will no longer be in office. (Well, depending on who you talk to.) For the sake of this argument, let’s assume he’ll be cozy in his new home in Mar-a-lago, Florida. How, then, shall they impeach him? He no longer has the job, so how can you give him the boot? Is such a thing even possible?
According to Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, no. No, it’s not.
In a conversation with Fox News on Sunday, Dershowitz said:
“It will be unconstitutional, but that probably won’t bother the senators. The Constitution is very clear. The subject, the object, the purpose of impeachment is to remove a sitting president. And there are two precedents. One is very obvious. When President Nixon resigned in anticipation of being impeached and removed, there was no effort to impeach him after he left office. It was clear that the Senate had lost jurisdiction at that point. The proponents cite another precedent. In 1876, there was a failed effort, a failed effort to remove the secretary of war. In an initial vote, the Senate voted close, in a close vote, that they did have jurisdiction to try somebody who had resigned.”
So, there you have it. It’s unconstitutional, but they’re probably going to try to push it through, anyway. Because (let’s get real) have the Democrats ever actually read the Constitution?
“There is no jurisdiction,” Dershowitz added. “You cannot put citizen Trump on trial. If you could do that, it would be a bill of attainder, number one, putting somebody on trial who was not a sitting president.” He added that the “implications would be horrendous.”
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, though. It bothers me that they would try to remove a man who no longer holds the office. It would be like. . .
Like waiting until the lifeguard has gone home for the day to drown yourself in the local public pool.
Okay, okay, that might not be my best illustration.
But you get the point: It’s stupid. It makes no sense. Yes, you want to prevent him from ever holding office again. Got it. But you’re fighting a losing battle. The only person you’re hurting is yourself. (And in this case, your career.) The lifeguard has already gone home. You need to get out of the pool. Trump will be enjoying his best life in Florida and you’ll still be paddling in the deep end, hung up on how to prevent him from ever influencing those 80-plus million folks who voted for him.
Oops. Did I just say 80 million?
Well, you know what I mean. We’ll go right on being inspired by him, no matter where he lives. And nothing—not even an impeachment—can stop the ongoing influence of a patriotic President like Trump, who so resonates with his voters that they will keep on fighting for him, long after the Left sings a rousing chorus of, “Let it go.”
So, go ahead with your plan, Democrats. Do your thing. Keep on paddling. We’ll be right here, chuckling over the notion that it’s going to somehow make us respect our President less. And we’ll also be putting together a list of who we won’t be voting for next time.