Trump Just Ensured His Own Impeachment, Threatens To Override The Constitution

He's so angry he barely has time to think about how stupid an idea this is.


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There is plenty of material in the United States Constitution that is still, 232 years later, somewhat open to interpretation. Does the Second Amendment cover semiautomatic weapons? How can there be exceptions to Freedom of Speech? Does the very first sentence really say that the whole thing is intended to promote the welfare of everyone in America?

Okay, there are actually answers to those things (no, because we can change it anytime we want, and yes), but the point is, people are still arguing about them. That’s because all these years later, it’s almost impossible to discern what a bunch of slave-owning guys who wore powdered wigs on special occasions and fought duels to the death when bullets were still shaped like tiny cannonballs meant, as it applies to the era of instantaneous global information in our pockets, watching missiles hit their targets on live television, and the ability to travel across the country in less than a year.

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The Constitution was written with some level of ambiguity precisely because those guys knew that future generations would need to change it. In fact, on the southeast interior wall of the Jefferson Memorial, a snippet of a speech by the author of the Declaration of Independence is inscribed:

We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

But what the Framers were not ambiguous about what which powers were allocated to which parts of the government when it comes to the separation of them. They were resolute in the various powers and duties of the individual branches of government expressly to ward against a potential leader like Donald Trump, who would control all three branches if left unchecked.

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We know he would because this morning, he threatened to take his own impeachment to the Supreme Court.

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Never mind the fact that he sounds completely insane. The fact is, he either fundamentally misunderstands the Constitution, which is a terrifying thing to think about a US President, or he intends to attempt to override it, which is way more terrifying.

Regardless, SCOTUS would never take up the case, nor could Trump force them to. For all of the interpreting that SCOTUS does, there’s no disagreement over which branch of the government has the power to impeach.

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Calum Stuart