Collusion with Russia. Obstruction of Justice. Impeachment. In recent weeks, talks about Donald Trump’s impeachment—once just the dream of the far-left, politically unsavvy liberal—have become increasingly common, with even high-level Republicans such as John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling for an independent investigation. But as hopes of impeachment solidify, and Trump continues to blunder his way through this presidency, the question shifts from whether we could impeach him to whether we should. And while the answer to the former question might soon be yes, the answer to the latter is most definitely no.
The first reason is simple—if we impeach Trump, we get Mike Pence, the 57-year-old vice president and former governor of Indiana whose claims to fame, according to Rolling Stone, include banning abortion and legalizing LGBT discrimination in his home state. And while Trump, a political outsider, might be confused about how exactly to enact an agenda (or even what one is, as evidenced by the healthcare debacle), Pence is a seasoned politician who has more than 20 years experience turning his uber-conservative social agenda into a terrifying reality.
Second, Trump might be a blessing in disguise for the Democratic Party, since his political blunders and nightmarish rhetoric have energized Democrats and, according to the Washington Post, spurred an increase in grassroots activism. Just look at the numbers: During the summer, special elections in Kansas, Montana and Georgia became surprisingly contested races. Democrat Jon Ossoff managed to turn Georgia’s 6th district, which was once considered a “safe red,” into one that Republicans had to spend millions of dollars to retain. And if Trump continues what has now become business as usual for his administration, this momentum could carry over into the 2018 midterms, opening the door for Democrats to take back the House of Representatives—a goal which has eluded the party for almost a decade.
Some say that Trump’s rhetoric and political ineptitude have the potential to irreparably damage our international relationships, or that his policies will have far-reaching, harmful effects for years to come. But Trump hasn’t done anything that other Republicans wouldn’t do as well—especially Tea Party extremists like Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin. Repealing the Paris Agreement, cutting taxes for the wealthy and cracking down on immigration and terrorism are not uniquely “Trumpian,” but rather key components of an agenda that the Republican Party has touted for decades.
The only unique thing Trump has going for him is the manner in which he implements these policies. Instead of the quiet confidence of experienced politicians, he pushes his agenda with obnoxious tweets that are soon to be the last nail in the Grand Old Party’s coffin.
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