How Trump’s Impeachment Could Affect Us All…
Last week, impeachment proceedings against President Trump continued with initial testimony being heard and opinions of that testimony flying fast and furious around Washington DC.
Journalists and pundits alike all chimed in with their take – What could this mean?
Who will we hear from next?
What will happen if this goes further, and how will Democrat leaders look if it doesn’t?
Tensions ran high for the millions of Americans watching the process on TV, biting their nails with fear or anticipation.
Meanwhile, President Trump spent most of his day with the Turkish president, sharing that he was too busy doing his job to watch the proceedings.
He did take a moment to release a video statement, telling viewers, “They’re trying to stop me because I am fighting for you. And I’ll never let that happen.”
This seems very dramatic and alarming, but it’s not the first time America’s come to this point.
In addition to the formal impeachments of Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, impeachment proceedings have been initiated against John Tyler, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
In case you didn’t pick up on the pattern, that’s a few presidents in the past…
In other words, America’s been faced with this prospect many times in the recent past.
(And just for the record – neither of the aforementioned completed impeachments led to a removal from office – both Johnson and Clinton were later acquitted by the Senate.)
What Do These Hearings Mean For The Future Of This Presidency And Indeed, The Future Of Democracy Itself?
When it comes to the present concerns, removal from office is a long process, and impeachment is only one of those steps…
But if a president is impeached by the House of Representatives and also convicted by the Senate, then a removal would indeed take place.
If you’re a Trump fan, don’t worry yet, though. If you ask Jim Rickards, there’s very little chance that could ever come to fruition.
As you may recall, Jim is an American lawyer, economist, and investment banker with 35 years of experience working in capital markets on Wall Street.
He’s also a New York Times best-selling author and his work is regularly featured in the Financial Times, Evening Standard, New York Times, The Telegraph, and The Washington Post.
He’s also been a frequent guest on BBC, RTE Irish National Radio, CNN, NPR, CSPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and The Wall Street Journal.
Jim has contributed as an advisor on capital markets to the U.S. intelligence community, and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.
When he visited me at London Real recently, I asked his thoughts on this matter, and he told me he doubts that Trump could be removed.
An Impeachment Is Similar To A Criminal Charge – It’s Only The First Step
If Trump is impeached, the next step is the equivalent of a trial, and that trial takes place in the Senate.
The Senate is currently controlled by the Republicans, and the standard needed to convict is a 2/3rds majority vote of current Senators.
That comes out to 67 Senators needed to convict, and right now, there are only 44 Democrat Senators total.
Do you think they can convince 23 Republicans (or 21 Republicans and the 2 Independents) to vote to convict with them?
Regardless of Mitt Romney and his Never-Trump ilk, that’s a lot of Republican leaders to convince.
I mean, anything’s possible… but it’s pretty unlikely.
That leaves Trump fans and foes alike asking… if Trump is not impeached, and then, of course, not removed, what does that spell for reelection?
Apparently, it could make the difference between a potentially embarrassing loss… and a major win.
Impeachment of Trump Could Help Trump In Several Ways
First, because of the drama caused by this hearing, Trump supporters are concerned and coming out in droves to show their encouragement.
He was able to raise over $5 Million towards his reelection campaign in a single day!
As Rickards says, “Impeachment… will not change one single mind. If you hate Trump, you’re all for impeachment and you want him kicked out…
“If you love Trump, you think this is an injustice…
“You’re not going to change a single mind, but you are going to drive turn voter out…
“In a closely divided country – which is what we have – turnout is actually what decides elections.”
“Impeachment helps Trump…”
He went on to explain that barring a serious recession in the summer of 2020, Trump is very likely to win reelection – impeachment notwithstanding.
(You can watch the whole interview here – it’s exclusively available for London Real followers and members of Rickards’ own inner circle, so take advantage of this now if you’re even curious.)
How does this play out for the American people? Good question…
If you’re a Trump fan, you might be cautiously optimistic right now…
(And if you’re not, you may be rolling your eyes, certain that impeachment and removal is nigh.)
Either way, the important thing to know is that impeachment is never a silver bullet.
Beyond that, it’s important to know that the future of the Western world lies not with our elected leaders, but with us citizens ourselves.
After all, it’s up to us to decide who is and isn’t representing us, and to know that no matter what comes down, we have the power to make our voices heard in the next round, whatever that may be.
Don’t worry – your voice counts.
Have faith in that!
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored