Democratic Member Seeks New Impeachment Vote Based On Trump’s Alleged ‘Sh*thole’ Comment

by | Jan 19, 2018


I have previously written about the endless calls for impeachment from Democratic members for everything from Trump criticizing NFL players to comments made about protesters. The Framers saw the great abuses caused not only by tyranny of nobility, but tyranny of the majority. They sought to insulate our government from the transient impulses of politics. The danger has been repeatedly shown by members who see virtually any act or comment by Donald Trump as a case for impeachment. The latest such example comes from Texas Representative Al Green, who declared that Trump’s alleged reference to “sh*thole countries” is sufficient grounds for impeachment. The last time I checked, pottymouth was not included in Article II with “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Green pledged new articles of impeachment, including new counts based on “how the president’s hateful comments can impact policy.”

He vowed to continue to add such impeachment counts: “I plan to do this as long as the president continues to make bigoted statements that are harmful to American society.”

Articles of impeachment are not supposed to be a running list of gripes against a president. If offensive language were a basis for impeachment, presidents from Andrew Jackson to Lyndon Baines Johnson would not have seen the second week in office.

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