USA Politics: Why The Democrats Should Not Impeach Donald Trump – Simon Jenkins | The Guardian

The wiser move would be to let Trump drift into exile, not stoke the sense of grievance among his base

There is a good reason for America’s Congress to humiliate Donald Trump this week, just days from his end of term. His incitement of violence against the Capitol merits his instant removal, as it does the alternative of impeachment. It would be a signal to the world that America is ashamed of this man and sees him as a mistake, a blip, a passing nightmare. The world should sigh with relief.

BEYOND THAT, ALL REASONS FOR REMOVING TRUMP ARE BAD ONES. They would deflect attention from Joe Biden’s victory and transition into office. And they would run a bigger risk.           

THE SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT FEATURE OF LAST NOVEMBER’S ELECTION WAS THAT TRUMP WON 11 MILLION MORE POPULAR VOTES THAN HE DID IN 2016, A RISE FROM ROUGHLY 63 MILLION TO 74 MILLION. He might be rich, crude, immoral and incompetent, but he became more popular in office with his base, not less. According to exit polls, support for Trump also increased among black and Latino voters.

Analysts can debate these figures all night, but they are facts. Biden clearly owed his victory to a rise in support from college-educated and wealthier Democrats. Last week, Trump may have tested populism to destruction, but it remains to be seen if he destroyed the bedrock of his support.

Trump’s 2016 desire to “drain the swamp” – of federal power, overseas alliances and political insiders – was undimmed after four years in office. At the end, as at the beginning, he loathed the old guard in Congress and abhorred the normal channels of communication with voters. In last year’s election, Trump portrayed his cause as incomplete and essential, and persuaded almost half of America that its ruling class was still out to balk him. An extra 11 million Americans voted to give him another try.

Trump’s enemies may have hoped that his actions last week killed him politically. In which case, leave him dead. To pursue him now looks like a vendetta; not just against him, but against his cause and supporters. It is one thing to hate Trump but another to hate those who voted for him, and who in their hearts may yet admire Trump’s extremism and eccentricity and see him as their spokesman. Many are non-college-educated Americans who feel failed by those in power, those who Hillary Clinton in 2016 called a “basket of deplorables”.

The outgoing president’s reputation among these people will only grow with each cry of glee from his enemies. Even if he vanishes into exile, his supporters will seek another saviour, another maverick from the rambling confederacy that is modern American democracy. That is why liberals everywhere should be careful how they react to Trump’s going. Losers should know how to lose well, but victors should know how to win wisely. So ignore Trump, and just count the minutes until he goes.

“THE SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT FEATURE OF LAST NOVEMBER’S ELECTION WAS THAT TRUMP WON 11 MILLION MORE POPULAR VOTES THAN HE DID IN 2016, A RISE FROM ROUGHLY 63 MILLION TO 74 MILLION.”

OOOOH, YEAH?

ACTUALLY, I THOUGHT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FEATURE OF LAST NOVEMBER’S ELECTION WAS THE FACT THAT THE DEMOCRATS WON 15 MILLION MORE POPULAR VOTES THAN THEY DID IN 2016 – TRUMP MANAGED TO INCREASE THE DEMOCRATS’ VOTE TOTAL FROM 65.8 MILLION TO 81 MILLION.  – Hibernica wrote

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Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 -by 

FBI Memo Warns Pro-Trump Extremists Plan Armed Insurrections in State Capitols Across US

An agency memo states that “if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.”

A scene from last week's violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

Pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

The FBI on Monday warned law enforcement agencies across the United States that armed protests by Boogaloo Boys and other far-right groups are possible at state Capitols throughout the nation starting later this week, and that an unnamed militant group is planning a “huge uprising” if President Donald Trump is removed from office for inciting last week’s deadly mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

“The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, D.C. on 16 January,” the FBI bulletin—which was reported by ABC News and other outlets—read. “They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.”

According to ABC News, the FBI has also received information that an unnamed right-wing extremist group is calling for “storming” federal, state, and local courthouses and other government buildings in the event that Trump is removed from office before his term expires on January 20.

The group is also planning on invading government offices in every state, regardless of whether Trump or President-elect Joe Biden won it in the 2020 presidential election, the FBI memo said.

NBC News reports the memo includes information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the DEA; Defense Department; Park Police; and the U.S. Marshals, among other agencies.

Another FBI memo from December 29, 2020 obtained by Yahoo News states that members of the Boogaloo movement planning protests scheduled for January 17 “indicated willingness to commit violence in support of their ideology, created contingency plans in the event violence occurred at the events, and identified law enforcement security measures and possible countermeasures.”

The Boogaloo Boys are a far-right movement known for their violence, their Hawaiian shirts, and their desire to spark a second U.S. Civil War. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group’s name and movement refer to their desire for a insurrectionist revolt that would spark another Civil War. The first such war, started by secessionist Southern slave states, lasted from 1861 and 1865 and left some 620,000 Americans dead.

At least five people died during the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol that occurred while lawmakers were attempting to certify the Electoral College vote that officially affirmed Biden as the next president.

Trump, along with some of his most prominent supporters, as well as numerous Republican members of Congress, stand accused of inciting the rioters with with lies about a “stolen election” and exhortations to “take back our country” and engage in “trial by combat.”

Common Dreams reported that House Democrats on Monday introduced articles of impeachment accusing Trump of “incitement of insurrection.”

There are also growing calls for Republican inciters including Sens. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) to resign over their roles in spurring the insurrectionists, and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) on Monday introduced a resolution calling for the expulsion of her GOP colleagues who incited the mob attack.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/12/2021 at 11:42 am

    Mr. Starr wrote:

    I dunno.

    That’s pretty shaky logic.

    I think the reason to pursue impeachment is so that 1. He can’t run again for public office, and 2. That there is seen to be a consequence for the behaviour.

    In the last four years, there doesn’t seem to have been any real consequence for selfish, rude, misogynistic, white supremacist, and otherwise immoral and illegal behaviour.

    Just my thoughts.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/12/2021 at 11:45 am

    It seems like any reasonable, right-thinking person’s thoughts, to me!

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