A tiny bit too late

Betsy DeVos and Elaine Chao (Mitch McConnell’s wife) have now resigned from the Trump Cabinet. Twitter (briefly) and Facebook (for a couple weeks) have kicked Trump off their platforms. A few Republican Senators are suddenly shocked, shocked I tell you, about the bad behavior. It is predictable, it is shallow, it is meaningless.

The calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked are also theater. Has a single Cabinet member indicated they will support it? Nope, they are just going to resign instead and try to pretend it was a matter of conscience. Does anyone think that Mike Pence, after selling his soul for the last four years for his own political advancement, is going to push Trump aside and have the most inconsequential Presidency in history? There is zero upside in that move for Pence so you know he won’t do it.

We are told that if Trump hasn’t resigned or been removed, impeachment proceedings will begin on Monday- a week before the Inauguration. If impeachment can be pushed through in time, it is still worth doing. And if a Supreme Court nominee can be rammed through with lightning speed, then we could certainly speedily remove the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office. Let’s force every Congressional Republican to cast a vote and show where they stand. Trump deserves to be the first President to be impeached twice and actually removed from office.

Calls for national Republicans to act in good conscience and good faith are naive and disingenuous. If Trump is going to go before January 20, it will not be by his hand or that of the Republican Party. If Democratic leaders actually want him gone, they know what needs to be done. Do it.

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