Here’s Why Pushing for Trump’s Impeachment is the Wrong Strategy

A day doesn’t go by where I’m not inundated with comments, messages, or people on my Twitter timeline calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment. I’ve even written a couple of articles where I’ve expressed my belief that he needs to be removed from office. Like millions of other people, I see Trump as an embarrassment and our country’s top national security threat.

That said, one issue I’ve had is that there are too many people yelling “Impeach!” far too often, for anything that Trump does.

There’s almost no chance Trump’s going to be impeached, let alone impeached and removed from office. Anyone telling you this is realistic isn’t being completely honest with you.

The only way I see Trump leaving office early is if he resigns — which is very possible.

He’s an egotistical coward who never accepts fault for anything he does. He would resign from office long before suffering the humiliation of being impeached. He would then almost certainly proceed to claim he was never going to be impeached (even if the votes were there), while saying that he only resigned because forces in Washington were working against him, preventing him from “making America great again.”

Even if Trump were to ever end up behind bars, I’m almost certain he would never admit guilt, no matter how concrete the evidence was. If there’s one thing Trump’s proven time and time again, it’s that when the evidence against him is indisputable, he’ll just concoct some absurd conspiracy he knows millions of his supporters are ignorant enough to believe.

My issue with liberals bringing up impeachment too often is that it comes off too petty and personal.

We shouldn’t veer from a legitimate argument based on facts, laws, and our Constitution into something more resembling “I want Trump out of office — no matter what.” While I understand that feeling, that only plays into the hands of his supporters who think he’s being treated “unfair” by people who “never were going to give him a chance.”

As long as Republicans control the House, they’re never going to take impeachment seriously unless they absolutely have to. And by “have to” I mean polls begin showing that even most of their voters have turned against him — which isn’t likely going to happen.

So as long as the GOP controls the House, Trump’s almost certainly not getting impeached.

Now I know what some will say, “That’s why we need to give Democrats back the House and Senate so we can get him out of office!”

Okay, true, that could happen. In theory, voters could give huge wins to Democrats all over the country next November, handing them back control of both houses of Congress, and that would open the door for impeachment.

However, trust me when I say this, you do not want to see Democrats gain power in Congress, then impeach Trump. That would turn him into a martyr, galvanize Republicans, and essentially fulfill the “prophecies” of conspiracy theorists and Trump who’ve said that there’s a “deep state effort to remove him from office.”

I’m not here to sugarcoat anything, Trump’s not leaving office without trying to tear this country apart even more than it’s already been.

What I think we need to do is put pressure on Congress to keep them from being able to truly back anything he wants, show up to vote next November to give Democrats control of at least one house of Congress, then sit back and let the legal side of all of this play out.

At some point the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s campaign, and the work special counselor Robert Mueller is doing, will reach some sort of conclusion. Whether or not that conclusion ultimately leads to Trump leaving office is still unknown, but it’s the best path to ultimately give us what we all want: Trump no longer being referred to as this nation’s “president.”

Because as I said, no matter how it happens, Trump leaving office is going to be a nightmare for this country. No matter what happens, he’s going to claim there was some sort of conspiracy working against him. Even if he somehow makes it to 2020, runs for re-election, then loses, I can promise everyone reading this he’s going to claim that “rampant voter fraud” is the reason why he lost.

When it comes to Trump no longer being this country’s “president,” it really is about choosing the path of least resistance. While not as swift as many of us might like, Robert Mueller and the FBI being diligent in their investigation¬†currently offers us the most hope for a clear path to Trump’s removal. That way if Trump’s ultimately charged with a crime, the evidence will be so overwhelming that even some of his most ardent supporters will be forced to admit he broke the law.

The unfortunate truth is the last thing anyone who opposes Trump should want is to see him impeached. Not unless it’s by a Republican-controlled Congress with strong GOP support — which is almost certainly never going to happen because the Republican party is spineless and a large chunk of their base couldn’t care less.

If Donald Trump were to be forcibly removed from office, that would do nothing more than make him more powerful and influential among conservatives, all while providing the right-wing media with an endless number of conspiracies to push for the next decade.

In my opinion, the best “strategy” for those of us who oppose Donald Trump is to continue to call out how awful he is, fight to take Congress back from the GOP next November, and hope that the work Robert Mueller and the FBI are doing finally exposes him for the corrupt, treasonous crook we all think he is.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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