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HORIST: The prospect of impeachment is slipping away

HORIST: The prospect of impeachment is slipping away

Despite all the talk about impeachment – and the growing number of Democrats clamoring for it – the chance of President Trump being impeached is approaching zero.  There are five reasons for that.

First, despite their best effort, Democrats have failed to convince a majority of the American public that Trump should be impeached.  More than 50 percent of the public opposes impeachment and another 25 percent are ambivalent.  Another 9 percent offer no opinion.  That leaves the advocates of impeachment at less than 20 percent – mostly the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement folks.

Those numbers are the reality that keeps House Speaker Nancy Pelosi constraining impeachment fever in her caucus.  Moving against public will on such an issue could give control of the House back to the Republicans and end her speakership – and she knows it.

The second reason is that there is not enough time to start and end an impeachment process in the House – much less in the Senate – before the presidential campaign is in the final stages.  This means that such hearings would run close to the 2020 General Election – maybe even beyond it.  Either prospect could be a disaster for Democrats.

The third reason is that is it well understood that the Senate will not boot Trump from office.  Many people, who might otherwise support an impeachment hearing, see the futility of it all.  They see it as a monumental waste of time and a diversion for the serious business of the nation.  This also plays against the Democrats and further explains Pelosi’s reticence.

The fourth reason is the 2020 election, itself.  One reason many people are not enthused about impeachment is that Trump’s future in the White House is better determined by we the people—not a bunch of politicians.  Many Americans – perhaps a majority – see impeachment as usurping their right.

The fifth reason is that Democrats have not found the impeachable offenses.  Oh sure, the Democrats talk a good game, but despite all the accusations, speculations and alleged charges they level against Trump, he has been cleared of both criminal collusion and obstruction of justice.  There are even a few Democrats who will admit that Trump faces no problems from the criminal justice system.  Realistically, he faces no charges even after he leaves the White House.

Trump has been cleared of all criminal collusion with Russia.  So sayeth Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Mueller made no determination on the issue of criminal obstruction of justice.  He listed a few examples that COULD be construed as criminal obstruction, but they could also be determined to not be criminal.  Mueller handed that issue to his boss, Attorney General William Barr.  After consulting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the lawyers in the Office of Professional Conduct, it was decided BY THE GROUP that nothing in Mueller’s Report rose to the level of criminality.  Like it or not, that ends any further prosecution on either the aforementioned offenses.  Case closed.

Any failure of the public to understand that rests on the shoulders of Democrats and their allies in the press who are constantly telling the public that Trump guilty of these crimes – misinforming the public with malice of forethought.  They are again doing a great disservice to the public, especially those on the left – just as they did when the assured the nation that Trump had “no path to the presidency” and when they repeatedly said that Mueller’s Report would prove Trump’s guilty and make the case for impeachment.

A few hardliners – such as Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the gaggle of extremists (did I say “the squad?”) will keep the issue alive – either because they desperately want an impeachment hearing out of a visceral hatred for Trump or because they see it as a winning election issue in their very liberal congressional districts.  They falsely claim that Trump IS guilty of both criminal collusion AND obstruction of justice.  The facts will eventually undermine their political impeachment scheme.

Actually, they pursue impeachment because it does NOT require criminal activity to oust a President.  It is a political process that relies on the court-of-public-opinion rather than the real courts, where rules-of-evidence and innocent until PROVEN guilty beyond a reasonable doubt are protective hurdles.  The House can constitutionally impeach a President for littering if they can get enough votes.

There will be all kinds of … hmm … b***sh*t (calling it like it is) about impeachment between now and the 2020 General Election.  It will not result in the impeachment of Trump.  At least that is my humble opinion at this moment.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. william couch39h2

    They hate him because he’s not a globalist!! Nor can he be bought!!

    • Cp123

      Unlike most democrats. If they can’t regain control a lot of well-known people will go to jailcp

  2. Jennifer O'Gavaghan

    Our President is not a politician, the greatest attribute about him. He uses wisdom and his compassionate heart to effect positive change. President Trump is working toward Peace and Prosperity every single day.
    The majority of Americans know and like that kind of leadership. He will be re-elected. I predict a landslide.

  3. Gail

    For the people of America who are real Americans it never was an option !
    Half of America is too dumb to get out of the rain . When you are in denial about your gender , you won’t care about your freedoms!
    A real American is someone who knows who and what the people paid to acquire the freedoms that we all enjoy . But half of America never knew that America is and was the only country on earth with a free people . .
    With no history . They think we stole this country from the Indians . Ask yourself who did they stole it from ? People don’t pop out of the ground .
    We have the same kind of wicked vile people in our government that we had then . And that same wicked vile government is not stopping at killing Indians and then the blacks now the whites are their targets .
    For What ?
    Power and slavery !

  4. james barry

    One thing is certain he is never going to see a second term he’s either going to resign or lose.
    And if anyone knows Mr Trump‘s track record the thought of being publicly humiliated terrifies him so his resignation is the way he will go
    Now the question is is he going to screw over the Republican party or is he at resigning at the beginning of the summer even late spring would be ideal that would at least allow poor Nikki Haley some ability to attempt to put together a new GOP campaign that will pick up where his campaign completely fell apart . And if you are wondering……of course Elizabeth Warren will win. That a given.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      That’s an interesting perspective given the successes Trump has had, engaging NK, economy humming along, unemployment lowest ever, keeping every campaign promise, etc.

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