There are a number of things that Donald Trump simply doesn’t understand. For instance, in no particular order: truth, facts, morality, tariffs, marital fidelity, the Constitution, and how apostrophes work. But if there’s one thing Trump really doesn’t understand, or at least loudly pretends not to understand, it’s impeachment.
Plenty of Americans tend to get confused about the specifics of how impeachment works, if only because it’s happened so very few times in American history. But if you’re a sitting President of the United States who’s in grave danger of being impeached, one would think that you’d want to brush up on it. When it comes to Donald Trump, not so much.
Trump posted this bizarre tweet, and we can’t find a single accurate word in it: “Democrats can’t impeach a Republican President for crimes committed by Democrats. The facts are “pouring” in. The Greatest Witch Hunt in American History! Congress, go back to work and help us at the Border, with Drug Prices and on Infrastructure.”
For starters, impeachment doesn’t require that a crime be proven. It’s solely in the personal judgment of the members of Congress. If they think the president’s actions are impeachable, they impeach him. If they then think he should be removed over it, they remove him. It doesn’t come with a punitive sentence, because it’s not a criminal court proceeding.
Second, despite Donald Trump’s claims, there are no facts “pouring in” about why he supposedly can’t or shouldn’t be impeached. He’s just making this up to try to make himself feel better – or perhaps his handlers are feeding him this nonsense to cheer him up, and he believes it. But the truly weird part is that Trump just got done declaring his refusal to work with the Democrats on infrastructure because of his scandals. Now he’s insisting that the Democrats work with him on infrastructure.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report