The bad-faith impeachment

From its earliest days, the Democratic quest to remove Trump has resembled the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Democrats in hot pursuit of the elusive Trump proposed to remove him for virtually any sin that came to mind, only to see their efforts foiled.

One early Democratic article of impeachment would have removed the president for “sowing discord among the people of the United States” with controversial comments on Charlottesville, transgender troops, and Muslim immigration. Another Democratic attempt suggested removing Trump for attacking NFL players who did not stand for the national anthem. Then there was a proposal to remove him for tweeting about federal judges.

Others sought to impeach Trump for allegedly violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Finally, of course, many Democrats hoped to remove the president over the Trump-Russia affair.

Anticipation built for years, reaching a peak several months ago, just before the release of the Mueller report. And then, disappointment.

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