If Donald Trump were black and a Democrat, he would have never been allowed to run for president in the first place. His “thug like” behavior would have been far too threatening to white male Fox News viewers, and you would barely remember his name let alone have to deal with the madness Americans are subjected to every day of the week.
Trump has committed so many impeachable offenses it is almost impossible to keep count — from collusion to obstruction of justice and encouraging law enforcement officials to violate the constitutional rights of suspects, the president should have been booted out of office months ago. But alas, the Republicans in congress simply won’t intervene, deeming the future survival of their country less important than passing gigantic tax cuts for billionaires and prolonging their own cowardly, meaningless careers. This has been infuriating beyond belief, and conscientious Americans are pulling out their hair in response to the continued destruction of the presidential office and the standing of the United States around the world.
Over time, I am beginning to change my mind on the impeachment of Donald Trump. While I would like nothing more than watching his orange ass physically removed from the White House and thrown into federal prison for treason, he has been so useful to the Democrats that they’d have a hard time without him. In the space of just over a year, Trump has managed to turn most of the country against him and the Republican Party, kicked off a powerful women’s movement that threatens to upend the deeply entrenched patriarchy, turned hardcore Republican voting districts blue, forced the media to finally wake up and take their reporting seriously, and helped kick off one of the most potent anti gun movements in American history. The Democrats stand to make gigantic gains in the midterms this year (potentially both houses in Congress), and it would be remarkable if Trump bothers running for re-election in 2020 given how poorly he will do.
This could all change of course, and Trump could turn into the next FDR over night, campaign on a positive message for Republicans in 2018, and unify the country in time for a miraculous comeback in 2020. But the chances are it is going to get worse and worse for the president as his administration collapses around him and the scandals mount by the minute. This is great news for the Democrats as they get to sit back and watch one man wreck not only himself, but the GOP and everyone associated with it without doing anything.
I am not saying that Trump should not be impeached, but it is not worth getting anxious about. If you care about progressive politics, reality, and the future of America, then you are going to win either way. Trump is still incredibly dangerous and can do a lot of damage, but the net effect is the radical transformation of a country that has been grappling with serious social problems for decades with no solutions in sight. Trump has managed to corral the forces of liberalism like no one else, and America could well be at the dawn of a new, far more humane era.
As far as the rule of law is concerned, impeaching Trump is certainly the preferable option. America is a nation of laws, and without impeachment it is hard to make the case that those laws mean anything. So yes, we should still try to force Congress to impeach Trump on whatever is his most grievous infringement of the constitution. But politics is, and always will be the art of the possible. If the GOP won’t take action to stop this insanity, they and Trump can be punished at the polls mercilessly until they are no longer relevant.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.