Representative Keith Ellison, the uber-lib Democrat from Minnesota, who got crushed in the fight for the head of the Democrat party this past week was the first to officially throw out the “I Word”. Oh, it had been bandied about by the snowflake minority ever since Trump was elected, but no one of power had said it…probably because most realized it was a rather stupid thing to say. Not Ellison. He bared his soul to the world when he said that when Trump didn’t divest himself of his businesses by putting them into a blind trust, he violated the constitution.
See, no president is supposed to accept payment from a foreign government. That’s the sort of thing that can lead to blackmail. And that of course, is a bad thing. The fact that Donald Trump didn’t put his companies into a blind trust while he’s in the White House upset the snowflakes. And Ellison called him out on it saying that the foreign dignitaries that visited Washington and stayed in the Trump International Hotel, were in fact, paying him. It’s a stretch, but I get it.
I also get that Keith Ellison is totally from another planet.
Let’s examine what really needs to happen in order for the “I Word” to be thrown around in earnest, shall we? First let’s examine what IS an impeachable offense. Treason, bribery, and “high crimes and misdemeanors” are what’s listed in the constitution. What does that mean? Former president Gerald Ford gave the best answer ever when he said, “An impeachable offense is whatever two-thirds of the House of Representatives says it is on any given day”. And so, that’s where it begins and ends… with the charges.
So, when Ellison says that Trump has committed “an impeachable offense”, he’s really not telling the truth. Only 2/3 of the House of Representatives can define that. And somehow I don’t see how that quite works. It takes 291 votes in the House to impeach someone (and it can be any civilly appointed or elected person). The GOP currently has the majority with 246 members. The Democrats have 188 and there is one vacant seat at this time. So, ALL Democrats would have to vote for impeachment PLUS 103 Republicans. Somehow that seems unlikely.
Add to that the ability to actually remove a president from office requires 2/3 vote to convict in the Senate. Currently, the GOP has 52, the Democrats have 46 and there are two independents who caucus with the Democrats. So, you would need 67 Senators to agree in order to convict. Again, the likelihood of that happening is beyond reason.
Keith Ellison is doing nothing more than stirring the pot. He’s pissed because the snowflakes lost the election. He’s pissed because he lost the chance to lead the Democrats after it looked early on he was the favorite, and he’s trying to stir the pot to show the world he has power. He has very little power. In fact, Keith, you probably need to realize you are going to be sitting on your hands a lot in the next few years, and you are no longer a player in Washington DC. Realize it now, and stop the theatrics. We all know better.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!