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We’ll see, Brian! But I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Impeachment is a political act, not a legal act, and I doubt Republicans would impeach a Republican president unless he had committed some truly horrendous act – or if he isn’t signing the bills they want for big tax cuts, etc.
If he’s signing their bills, they just won’t care what he does, most likely.
I wouldn’t be shocked if he serves eight years, Brian. As you know, incumbents are usually re-elected. The last three incumbents to lose – Bush I, Carter, Herbert Hoover – all lost when the economy was awful. When the economy is OK or good, the president is re-elected. Bush II narrowly won re-election in 2004 despite the catastrophe of the Iraq War (which was still hadn’t become awful yet) – but the economy had picked up.
Incumbency incurs great advantages to a sitting president.
Sure – lots of things could happen. He could be horribly unpopular by 2020 despite a decent economy and the Dems come up with a great candidate. Or the economy tanks and he gets voted out. Or he does something truly nutty and is impeached. But I make no predictions.
Riiiiight. I wonder how long the audit will take now? I’m guessing til about 2021…or maybe 2025.
Yeah, what a MESS Obama left us! I so yearn for the jobs numbers, the deficit, and the DOW on the day Obama took office in 2009 and messed it all up – doh!
Republicans in Congress can impeach and remove him whenever they find it pragmatic to do so – but Trump would have to become pretty unpopular first (I mean, much less popular than now), do some really egregious stuff, and they might boot him out. Recall that the guy still has a lot of supporters in the party – and you can’t piss them off without really good cause.
But it’s going to take a whole lot more than crazy press conferences. Remember: the Republican base has been trained to hate the media, so many of them are probably cheering any time Trump or his spokespeople tangle with the media.
And even if Republicans could impeach and remove the guy, we’d be stuck with…Mike Pence. Cold comfort, isn’t it?
My money’s on the Eagles.
I am pretty sure the tax returns would have been leaked by now if someone had a way to get at them.
I suppose the new president might be asked a direct question by a reporter at a press conference (“You said you would release your taxes after the audit”), but now it seems he is hand picking the reporters who will be allowed in the White House briefing room. If you want to be allowed in, you can’t ask him questions he won’t like, perhaps.
In any case – the tax issue should be dropped. It’s a distraction and has nothing at all to do with current issues.
None of this is surprising to me. I’m guessing it will get far worse and more obscene.
Yeah, he can “fix” things by ending insurance for millions of Americans and cutting Medicare and social security benefits. If only those people would just die early – that would “fix” a lot of problems, right?
Trump sucks.January 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm in reply to: 4200 joints to be lit up at 4:20 into Chumps address #26322
Sorry, Paul, but I don’t share your faith that the new president will feel constrained by public opinion at all in doing whatever he feels he can get away with. I have no idea if he wants to start enforcing federal pot laws or not, but I really don’t see the big backlash you are imagining among people who don’t already oppose him.January 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm in reply to: 4200 joints to be lit up at 4:20 into Chumps address #26315
Other than Alaska, only blue states have legalized pot.
What “political suicide” would cracking down on recreational use of pot cause the Trump Administration? Clinton beat him by 30 points in California. I don’t think his administration will care too much what California voters think.January 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm in reply to: Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds #26249
Absolutely disgusting and shocking but not exactly surprising.