It’s been more than two years since the Belmont Club article predicting a political showdown after the election of Donald Trump was written. Since then, its scenario of top rival American politicians trying to jail each other has become an actual possibility. “Will impeaching Trump lead to indictments of Obama and Biden over Ukraine?” says an article in the Spectator. Rudy Giuliani asks: ‘Shouldn’t Biden be investigated over Ukraine if Trump can be impeached over it?’ Hillary’s in the mix too:
As President Donald Trump’s presidency is threatened by an impeachment inquiry, the Republican chairmen of two Senate committees, Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley, are asking Attorney General William Barr to investigate any ties between Ukraine and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
To use a World War II analogy there are torpedoes in the water going in opposite directions at each fleet’s battlewagons. If all strike home, a lot of damage will ensue as the different parts of the bureaucracy act against rival leaders. Not surprisingly, the term “civil war” actually began trending on Twitter. CBS News reported: “‘Civil War 2’ trends on Twitter after Trump quotes speculation that impeachment would spark ‘civil war.'”
The very mention of the term is itself an impeachable offense according to Harvard Law professor John Coates. “This tweet is itself an independent basis for impeachment – a sitting president threatening civil war if Congress exercises its constitutionally authorized power.” The fact that it was Pastor Robert Jeffress who said the offending words on a TV program — Trump was merely quoting him — is of no moment. The impeachment devil who no one professed to believe in has appeared at Nancy Pelosi’s prayers.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Saturday that she is heartbroken and prayerful as House Democrats move forward with their impeachment inquiry and that President Donald Trump’s actions left her no other choice.
There is frank hostility. “Joe Biden’s campaign wrote to executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News to ‘demand’ that Rudy Giuliani not be invited on the air to discuss Ukraine and President Trump because of what they called his misleading comments about the Biden family,” according to the New York Times. Giuliani responded indignantly: “Think of the Biden arrogance and entitlement to protection. They believe they own the media and they are demanding that they silence me. They know I have incriminating facts, not hearsay, because they know what they did in selling Joe’s office to a Ukrainian crook.”
Politicians could be psyching themselves into the very thing they purport to abhor. If they sincerely want to step back from the brink now’s the time. Otherwise, their actions may at some point unleash a runaway train. As a Harvard symposium noted, World War I started by miscalculation.
Here’s HILLARY (before the election 2016) saying, and I quote:
Did she swerve from this?
Or, does she believe that SAYING it is everything while DOING the OPPOSITE is OK as long as you (she) mouthed the right words?
She’s on TV saying the opposite now on The View:
Democrats want to just talk tough about impeachment and collect contributions. But they don’t know how to turn their stupidity off.
@Nan G: One thing you could always rely on Hillary to do is lie.