Like the case with Andrew Johnson, Trump’s actions give the House cause to initiate impeachment proceedings once again. Between Trump’s refusal to implement sanctions against Russia; his reckless, bigoted, and inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims, immigrants, and other communities of color; and the cover he gives to the white supremacists, he already exceeds the standard set with Johnson. Yet Trumps’ record goes even farther into unacceptable territory.
Are we supposed to swallow the notion that we can’t impeach a demagogue because it might offend his core supporters’ sensibilities? In Johnson’s era, observers worried impeachment could plunge a nation just a few years removed from civil war back into armed conflict. Instead, the move ended up boxing in an “unacceptable president.”
Polling consistently demonstrates that the public disapproves of Trump’s presidency and doubts his fitness for office. More and more people are signaling support for impeachment. On the anniversary of Johnson’s impeachment, it is time to take stock of where we are with Trump and for our Democratic and Republican leaders in office to put our country, and everyone in it, first. www.needtoimpeach.com