Annie Peterson | Civil Patriots
Depending on who you believe, President Trump is about to leave office. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from trying to demoralize him and teach his voters a lesson along the way. Like rabid dogs, they’re forging ahead with their impeachment plans. Oh, they’re doing this for us, they say. Just ask them: because he’s so dangerous to the general public he must be permanently removed.
I can’t quite figure out their strategy here. A President has never actually been impeached after the end of his term, right? Unless Mitch McConnell has a change of heart and decides to press a Senate vote through before January 20th, it doesn’t seem likely between now and then. After the 20th Trump will no longer be in office. (Again, depending on who you talk to.) For the sake of this argument, let’s assume he’ll be sitting on the beach outside of his new home in Mar-a-lago, Florida. If that’s the case, how will they go about impeaching him? He’s no longer in the White House, so how can you kick him out?
According to Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, you can’t.
In a conversation with Fox News on Sunday, Dershowitz explained:
“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. This makes me wonder if the Democrats have ever actually read the Constitution.
“There is no jurisdiction,” Dershowitz said. “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 just doesn’t make a lick of sense. I get that you want to prevent him from ever holding office again, but it seems like a ridiculous amount of time, trouble, and money just to prove a point. Trump will be enjoying his best life in Florida and you’ll still be trying to figure out how to keep him from influencing those 80 million folks who voted for him.
Oops. Did I just say 80 million?
Here’s the truth about Trump supporters: We’ll go right on being inspired by him, no matter where he happens to live. And nothing—not even an impeachment—can stop the ongoing influence of a Patriot like Trump, because he resonates with his voters. With that in mind, 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. Spend our tax dollars trying to knock this ball out of the park. 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.