On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Can you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3, and many more, had a Republican Party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me. Oh well, maybe next time!”
Oh well, maybe next time.
With their politically-motivated pursuit of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, Democrats are setting a very ugly stage that will not be dismantled when and if one of “their” guys (or gals) takes the Oval Office. On that, you can bet your bottom dollar. There remains considerable doubt as to whether or not Democrats can actually impeach Trump, and few believe there’s much chance that he’ll actually be thrown out of office by the Senate. But by even inviting this formal inquiry (after three years of threatening it), Democrats are ensuring that “maybe next time,” will most certainly come to pass.
This is an unfortunate, avoidable situation. It does more to weaken the American public’s faith in our democracy than a thousand Russian hackers could ever do. What’s the situation, then? We all go out to vote on election day, and no matter who wins, the other party is going to do everything possible to throw them out of office? This is the scenario that Democrats are creating, and they’re doing so by pursuing impeachment when there is no call for it. Yes, yes, impeachment is a “political” process, but there ought to be some basis for it. Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president sure ain’t it.
“If Trump gets impeached over what Republicans believe were nonexistent or minor misdeeds, then they are likely to want to jump on any scandal in a Democratic administration to pursue impeachment. And of course, should they take that path, Democrats will not soon forget,” warned Phillip Klein in the Washington Examiner.
“Every president takes actions that, viewed through a certain lens, can be seen as impeachable,” he continued. “So it isn’t at all hard to imagine our politics evolving to the point in which it’s just a routine assumption that whenever an opposition party takes control of the House, they’ll impeach the sitting president — almost like the use of the filibuster has increased over time to the point which we assume all legislation will require 60 votes to pass.”
Not only is it not “hard to imagine,” it actually hard to see it turning out any other way. For all their ridiculous talk of unifying the country, Democrats are embarked on the most divisive possible path they could have found. Only made moreso by the fact that they’ve been searching for a reason to impeach from Day One of Trump’s presidency. They’re creating a new, unsustainable normal.
And they will live to regret it.