Allan Lichtman is a professor at American University and he recently made a name for himself by accurately predicting, long before anyone else did, that Donald Trump would win the White House.
Lichtman’s accurate prognostication led him to some fame and a nice book deal, and it’s that latter news that has him back in the spotlight again. Lichtman’s upcoming book is titled, “The Case for Impeachment,” in it Licthman makes the case that Trump will be impeached. Now, Lichtman’s argument is pretty thin and based mostly on supposition, but careers have been made on less. For example, Licthman argues that Trump could be impeached for collusion with Russia… if he colluded with Russia. Lichtman then mentions that perhaps Trump could be impeached for violating the emoluments clause… if he violates the clause. Then Lichtman says perhaps Trump can be impeached if we learn that he lied about Russia in an effort to ease sanctions against Russia… but first we would have to prove that he lied about Russia.
On and on and on the arguments proceed in this manner, with Lichtman inventing possible ways that Trump could be impeached but without actually being able offer actual evidence that any of these things are likely. In fact, the book could actually be written about any President, because any President caught doing these things would be impeached for them. It’s almost as if Lichtman has vacuumed up as many Democrat conspiracy theories as he could find and then written them down in a book in the hopes that one day one of them will prove to be true and he could be credited with bringing down the President.
The only new wrinkle that Lichtman adds to the conversation is when he writes that President Trump could feasibly be impeached for something he did in his past. While Lichtman’s idea may be far-fetched, we must be careful because Lichtman bases the idea on comments made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions who once articulated similar ideas.
Lichtman even closes the book by offering the President some advice, advice that shows the Professor to be a partisan hack who is simply fantasizing about a Trump impeachment:
Lichtman’s advice to Trump to avoid his prediction is a checklist that includes divesting, supporting the Paris Climate accord, using a fact-checker and treating women with respect. He also dares Trump to “add a shrink to the White House physicians.”
“Opponents will challenge your decision-making abilities and claim that they were right all along about your temperamental unfitness for the presidency, yet you have survived and thrived by defying the conventional political wisdom. Why not do it again?”
He also encourages Trump to “curb the Mussolini act” and fire chief strategist Steve Bannon.
President Andrew Johnson “showed how an impeachment and trial could benefit the nation,” Lichtman writes at one point. And he’s clearly rooting for that to happen now.
“Justice will be realized in today’s America not through revolution, but by the Constitution’s peaceful remedy of impeachment,” he concludes the book, “but only if the people demand it.”
If you were considering buying the book, let me encourage you to do yourself a favor and find some other work of fiction to keep yourself occupied with, at least then you might actually be entertained.
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