Here’s Why I’m Praying Trump Isn’t Impeached

The U.S. would survive the rest of his term. Could it survive an impeachment perceived as a coup? I'm not so sure.

I freely admit that I have not been following the Mueller investigation, the indictments, the newest information, the rumors, or the conjecture surrounding it very closely at all. But in recent days my Twitter feed has been full of speculation that Trump’s presidency may be in serious jeopardy – that Mueller will end up releasing enough evidence against him personally that the new Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will be persuaded to impeach him. And even though the Senate remains under Republican control, there is increased chatter that backroom deals might result in his ouster.

I pray it doesn’t unfold like that.

Perhaps that’s not right of me. But if I’m being totally honest, I just don’t want it to happen.

That might be confusing to those who know my personal dissatisfactions with President Trump. They know that not only did I not support him in his bid for the presidency, but that I explicitly cautioned my fellow conservative Christians about being willing to tie themselves to a man with such questionable (at best), or even reprehensible (at worst) moral character. Why would I, in the moment of my vindication – the moment where I would be entitled to turn, shaking my head, and say “this is what I was warning about” – not want to see that happen?

The answer is pretty simple: because I think it would be disastrous and dangerous for our country. Not for the Republican Party. Not for the conservative ideology. Not for a political agenda or movement. For the country.

Having been on the receiving end of their wrath a few times, as well as more often having witnessed it directed at others who don’t agree with their politics, I can’t help but acknowledge that Trump has a cult that surrounds him. Most narcissists do. President Obama had one too. And just like the Obamabots would not, did not, and still won’t acknowledge the harmful and destructive disunity he sowed for political gain, the same can be said for the Trumpists.

They have unquestionably become convinced that the Mueller investigation is a corrupt, deep-state witch hunt. Conspiracy theories abound, and the social media narrowcasting effect only fuels them. The Trump cult listens either to Trump’s voice alone, or to those who have received his endorsement. Everyone else is fake news.

And so many voices in the media have fueled this dangerous practice by exposing themselves to be dishonest liars. It’s hard for anyone to prove Trump wrong about those in the media who criticize him when those in media persist on proving him right.

Should Trump be impeached, his cult will revolt. What that looks like exactly, I don’t know. Much of it might depend on what Trump himself tells them to do. And I fear what Trump would tell them to do. Meanwhile, the #Resistance on the left has already proven itself willing to turn violent if necessary.

And even barring violence, what happens to the credibility of our institutions, the efficacy of our laws, the stability of our system, with such rampant distrust on both sides? Remember, it was Republicans in Congress that urged Nixon to step aside in the tumultuous 70s. And it was Democrats who acknowledge Clinton’s sins in the 90s, even while admitting they didn’t think perjury about a sexual affair rose to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. The tribalism in both of those cases was nothing like it is today.

Perhaps the closest analogy to our time would be the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. The case against him was weak, fueled largely by a personal and professional hatred of him by members of Congress. His presidency was saved by one vote when seven Republican Senators sacrificed their political careers to vote not guilty. They feared the precedent that would be set with such a politically explosive impeachment; they feared the discontent that would spread at a time as volatile as those days immediately following the Civil War; they feared whether the office of the presidency could even survive his removal.

Should there be any level of ambiguity about the charges that may or may not be leveled against President Trump, I’m praying that House Democrats will choose the same as those seven Republican Senators in 1868, and here’s the fairly simple reason why:

No matter how awful you may think President Trump is, this much is sure: our country can survive the remainder of his term. Can it survive his pre-emptive impeachment and conviction, interpreted as a coup by his legion of supporters? I would be lying if I pretended I was confident it could.

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ArtCroft
ArtCroft

Here in Texas we say Stand Your Ground. Trump don't scare us, and we ain't running from him. Impeach today.

HDA
HDA

I agree with the author. The GOP should be made to live in its own filth.

I am still thinking it through, but my current plan is to register as a Dem in 2020 so that I can vote in the primaries for them most moderate Dem candidate. I have no doubt that Trump will lose to anyone who isn't a raging communist. I think for the good of the country, the best that we can hope for is a Dem candidate that has a hope of unifying the country or at least doesn't actively try to drive it apart as Obama did during his term and Trump is doing now (albeit more crassly and incompetently). Maybe instead of complaining about the Dem party, we should attempt a takeover of sorts. Just a thought.

CamTheThinker
CamTheThinker

Let us hope that one day we return to the sanity where facts and truth matter. Anyone arguing for Trump to stay in office has conveniently pushed those ideals aside in a manner which makes me fear for the future of the Republic.

DriverZn
DriverZn

If we are this worried about Trump supporters turning violent, is it right to keep defending these as good people?

GalvanG
GalvanG

My guess is that he will end up resigning... that's my "gut feeling". Sooner or latter he will realize that if he do not resign, the current investigation will eventually reach Pence as well, and after that, Pence will not be able to pardon him. So he will resign.