We Must Demand #TrumpResign

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We’ve seen enough. And clearly impeachment won’t force Trump out. No president has ever been impeached then convicted in the Senate. Even though Trump has been impeached it is unlikely he will be convicted in the Senate, which would force him to leave office. But we can do what happened in Puerto Rico. Our fellow citizens forced out the Governor of that island with mass protests.

Some will argue that we should wait for the election in 2020 to get Trump out. The problem with that is it assumes we will have a fair and free election. Trump with his buddy in Moscow stole the election in 2016. They are in the process of stealing the presidential election again. And there is nothing to suggest that Democrats are doing anything to stop it. This time it’s much worse. This time around the entire GOP is working hand and glove to protect the ‘great leader.’ It is a crisis. We are on the verge of seeing our country become a dictatorship. That is why we cannot wait:

While Trump is written about extensively every single day, such calls are relatively few. For all the tumult, investigation, and fierce partisanship Trump’s presidency has produced, it’s produced surprisingly sparse demands for his resignation. Even as Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, and top newspapers have called for the president’s removal, the other option — the only way a president has actually been ousted from office via the impeachment process — remains woefully under-discussed. And though Democrats have occasionally called for the resignation of administration officials such as Attorney General Bill Barr and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, they seem hesitant to take the same step for the president himself. Instead, they often call on him to stop creating division and “lead” the country.

What’s odd about the relative dearth of calls for is that Trump’s conduct clearly merits it. I’ve argued that calling for Trump’s resignation was the Democrats’ best move since they took the House of Representatives. And if, as many do, you think it’s appropriate for Trump to be impeached or removed, you should probably also think that it would be best if he just stepped down without all the conflict. In fact, it would be reasonable to argue that Trump should resign, but that an ultimately doomed impeachment process is too disruptive for the country. So in theory, there should be more support for Trump’s resignation than there is for his removal.

This from F. Michael Higginbotham, a constitutional law professor:

And if Trump forces the nation to go through an impeachment trial in the Senate, the consequences for our democracy are grave.

First, Trump will cause a further erosion of confidence in our democratic institutions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, if he continues to attack and undermine the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Second, his insistence on slavish support from Republicans in Congress will weaken — perhaps permanently — the separation of powers required to maintain a legislature capable of functioning. Third, his heated rhetoric will widen the gap between Americans of different political beliefs.

The answer is clear: Trump should resign so the country can begin the process of healing. The divisions in the country today are even more corrosive than they were in 1974. That’s why it’s even more important that Trump emulate the best of Richard Nixon, who, in a rare moment of grace, understood he could only weaken the nation he led by focusing solely on himself, and chose the better path.

Here’s another good argument for Trump resigning:

…the lack of resignation calls almost certainly has more to do with the fact that everyone knows he’d never do it. Why bother making an ask that will just be cited by Republican as evidence of partisan intent and ignored?

Here’s one reason: A call for resignation is a statement of principle that Trump’s actions so clearly violate the public trust that his position in office has become untenable. It’s an acknowledgment that the president has lost his moral standing and must do the right thing and surrender power. Perhaps above all, it’s drawing a line in the sand and saying that this behavior is egregious and there’s only one right course of action for the president.

If you are a Republican and a Christian then there was no better argument for Trump resignations that the commentary given by Mark Galli, an editor at Christianity Today:

But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.

The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.

6 thoughts on “We Must Demand #TrumpResign

  1. You are misinformed. Trump won the election in 2016 fair and square. He was running against a crooked candidate. He did not work with Russia, Hillary did. Get up to speed. Stop spreading lies. He will not resign. No reason to. He’s making our country great. He hasn’t done anything wrong or committed any crimes.

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  2. Russia along with many countries tried to influence our elections. Some wanted Hillary, like Ukraine. They posted anti-trump and anti-hillary on facebook. But the intelligence community is part of the coup to take out Trump and Mueller too so we can’t really believe them. Wikileaks got their emails from an inside job in the DNC but the DNC did not want the FBI to look at their computers. So they sent them to Crowdstrike in Ukraine and we haven’t heard yet their results. Thus why Trump wanted Ukraine to look into Crowdstrike. It will all come out soon. Be patient. Hillary hired a Russian to come up with the lying dossier. That’s why I say she colluded with Russia. Ironic isn’t it.

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    1. It’s Kremlin disinformation. Why are you allowing yourself to be duped? Unless you are a Russian bot.

      “Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman called the same, so-called CrowdStrike server conspiracy theory “a Russian narrative that President [Vladimir] Putin has promoted.””

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  3. If you followed the news daily I remember when the DNC turned down the FBI when they wanted to examine their computers. Then shortly after they were sent to Crowdstrike. That is known fact. No one disputes that. Also when the FBI went to Wikileaks and was told to stand down by Obama when they got the truth. Vindman was the leaker to the whistleblower. He had an axe to grind and I wouldn’t believe anything he says. None of what I said is conspiracy theory, that’s just what the MSM calls it. I’ll get back to you after the Barr Report comes out. Happy New Year! There’s no bots and no one being duped.

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