Impeachment has barely begun and if you’ve been following it, as I have, you are probably sick of it.
In order to wrap my mental arms around it, I turned to a primer by Ellie Silverman, that answered a question I had, one that opens a page to a delicious conspiracy theory.
Before I get to that, my opinion of the president: He is a thin-skinned, lying bully and if he had any guts he would show up at the hearing, testify under oath and allow his subordinates to do the same. Mr. President, if you are innocent, you have nothing to fear. (Actually, with the Senate owned by sniveling Republican sycophants, you have nothing to fear even if you are guilty.) Show some balls and show up.
For the purpose of this exercise, as unlikely as it is, let’s imagine the GOP Senators will find Trump guilty of one of the two charges and removes him from office.
That makes Mike Pence the president.
But — here’s where Silverman answered my question: Can Donald J. Trump run for president again?
“The Senate could also ban Trump from running for public office again,” writes Silverman.
Note the word “could.”
That means, according to this, removal from office does not automatically bar him from running for office again.
Here’s where the fun begins.
Because Trump believes the entire process is a hoax, he would want to run again.
OK — then what?
Will President Pence agree to step down? Now that he is Batman, would he agree to become Robin again? This would be the ultimate test of loyalty.
Would the GOP back Trump, when at least 20 Senators voted to remove him?
That seems unlikely.
If Trump ran as a third party candidate, he would guarantee a Democratic victory, meaning the Dems could pick the craziest of the crazies to be elected. Say hello to President Sanders or President Williamson.
Have I missed any possibilities? You will let me know.