DONALD TRUMP ISN’T WORTH A CIVIL WAR, PART II
By Steven R. Maher
In April 2019 this author wrote a column for CECELIA newspaper saying, “Donald Trump isn’t worth a civil war.” I argued that Trump’s supporters would be unwilling to see The Donald ejected from office unless it was done at the ballot box.
Then Trump recently published a Tweet saying there would be a civil war if he was impeached and removed from office for trying to get Ukraine and then Red China to investigate Democratic presidential candidate front runner Joe Biden.
I wrote in my April 2019 column: “Trump supporters are unlikely to stand by while their hero is stripped of his office without the electoral process being involved. At a minimum, millions of Americans would be so turned off by politics they would likely abstain from further political activity. It’s sort of how Democrats feel when the electoral college awards the Presidency to candidates (George Bush and Donald Trump) who failed to win a majority of the popular vote.
“Americans must learn to trust the democratic process again. We will be a healthier democracy if Trump is repudiated in the 2020 elections, especially in the electoral college.
“Trump isn’t worth shorting the Democratic process and risking a civil war. The Democrats and the country will be far better off if Trump is administered a stinging defeat at the ballot box. Or, as Abraham Lincoln reputedly put it: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
This is Different
But this time Trump has directly used the power of his office and the U.S. government to smear his main political opponent. Trump has painted the Democrats into a corner where they have no choice but to impeach. Trump seems bent on personal self-destruction.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reportedly plans to have an immediate Senate vote on any impeachment bill presented by the House. That’s the smart thing for the Republicans to do. Vote as quickly as possible and get it behind them before the New Year.
Then the American people will have the chance to remove Trump from office through the ballot box. And, along with them, many of the spineless acolytes in the Senate who seem willing to follow Trump off the cliff.