How Long Will a Trump Presidency Last? (Before an Impeachment, that is)

I always find it comforting to read stacks of other people’s opinions (assuming they agree with my opinions) but every now and then these published opinions seem to miss fairly obvious points.

After reading reports of Donald Trump’s perpetual fights against other Republicans, particularly Ted Cruz and Kelly Ayotte among others, I’m beginning to find credence in those articles and opinions that claim that Trump has no knowledge of our Constitution.

Ted Cruz and Kelly Ayotte are sitting senators. Let’s assume two things: First, Donald Trump actually wins the election for president in November. The other being that Cruz and Ayotte are both reelected as senators.

Under the Constitution of the United States, any president can be impeached for almost any reason. The indictment of such a president falls to the House of Representatives. The trial following such an indictment is based in the United States Senate.

Therefore, what Donald Trump is doing with his attacks on Cruz and Ayotte is going out of his way to alienate the jurors that would be deciding his fate.

The Donald won’t have lawyers who can rely on voir dire to toss Ayotte and Cruz off the “jury”. There will be no lawyers appealing for a change in venue away from the Senate. His lawyers won’t have any opportunity to appeal this particular jury’s decision, since there is no appeals process in the Constitution.

So if Trump finds he actually succeeds in getting elected, it might not be a bad idea to suggest to his wife that ordering new furniture for the White House might be just a little bit premature. After all he is a hotelier and should be very used to the concept of temporary lodgings. All it will take (considering the massive amount of goodwill he is already generated in both parties) is one relatively small error that will allow a bill of indictment or bill of impeachment to be generated, and he’ll get to visit with all those senators he has castigated during the campaign.

Wouldn’t that be amusing?

I wonder what kind of President Mike Pence would become?


About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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