Questionable travel practices and business deals, unqualified appointees, nepotism, conflict of interest, lying to the American people, illegal business deals, inciting violence, hate speech, conflict of interest and failure to disclose financial interests are just a few of his digressions.
Are you sure you're not talking about Obama? Or Clinton? Yeah. Definitely Clinton.
I get it. OMG I hate Trump! Must do something! Um... Exaggerating a bunch of claims and then trying to argue for Impeachment based on what is really incredibly flimsy stuff that more or less devolves into "we don't like him so let's impeach!" is a terribly bad idea. It points far more to bald faced partisanship than anything else. You could lay those claims at any politician and have just as much legitimacy (ie: not any at all).
When you list off a bunch of vague stuff like that you're not really laying out a case so much as speaking to the echo chamber. Everyone outside that chamber just kinda tunes you out though. It's not productive and will only hurt the Dem chances in this election cycle. Unfortunately, it seems like the Left has come to thrive in an environment of innuendo, speculation, and condemnation, with little or no facts to back any of it up.
Claims are cheap. You can always make them. Are there facts to go with them though? What exactly is "questionable travel practices and business deals"? Vague much? Unqualified appointees? You're kidding right? What are the qualifications? If only we had some process for approving said appointees. Oh wait! We do. Nepotism? Um... Have you looked at the folks that presidents appoint and/or surround themselves with? How many "Czars" did Obama appoint (ie: folks who hold advisory positions, but aren't "official" appointees and thus don't have to go through a Senate Confirmation process). Pot.... Met the Kettle.
None of this comes remotely close to the level required for impeachment. Well. Legitimate impeachment. Obviously, Congress can vote to impeach any time for any reason. But if they do this for purely political reasons (which is what this would be), it tends to hurt the party that does it. Every single time. It's a bad idea. It's an obviously bad idea. That so many vocal voices on the Left are demanding this really only reeks of desperation. It says "we don't think we can win by actually appealing to the voters, so we'll find some loophole to get what we want instead". That's not a great way to do things. Not in a system that is supposed to be about following a democratic process.
You want to get Trump out of office. Freaking run candidates who can beat him. Run on issues the voters care about. Protip. That's not impeachment. It's not climate change. It's not identity politics. It's not transgender bathrooms, or trigger warnings, or any of the other nonsense stuff the far left is screaming about. False claims of hate speech, fear mongering, etc, will only backfire. Stick to actual issues people actually care about. Especially the voters that will be the determinants in the election. Those are working to low middle class workers. Folks who aren't on welfare, but still struggle to pay their rent or mortgage. Folks who want more than just a subsistence life, and who would like to be able to save something for their future, to make their lives and the lives of their children better. Folks who want to earn that living, not have it handed to them. Folks who want to be able to hold their heads up high and, yes, say "I did build that" when looking at their lives accomplishments.
Far too often, the Left's rhetoric runs exactly counter to what that group of voters care about. And unfortunately, the Democrats basically have the tiger by the tail on this one. They've spent the last several decades building up a block of young, energetic, and angry voting base, convinced (indoctrinated, some might say) into viewing the entire world through the lens of the oh so important social justice causes they have become so invested in. But they are (or have been) so young and such a small group that it didn't matter. Free votes for the Dems, right? But now they've got a generation of voters who are old enough and big enough as a block to affect the Dems in terms of primary decisions, but not yet old enough or experienced enough with the real world to know how incredibly unrealistic and largely unimportant those "causes" really are. But they are pushing the Dems so far to the left, it's going to be very hard for any candidate to thread the needle. And I don't think they can get away with the whole "anointed candidate" BS they did last time around. Too many angry Berni-bros for that.
And that's before addressing the 800lb gorilla in the room. The economy. The same economy that every single liberal pundit, politician, and prominent (Nobel prize winning even!) liberal economist assured us would struggle, fail, and probably even collapse entirely if Trump got his grubby hands on it. Ooops! It's super hard to argue for socialist change when the evil capitalist agenda of Trump has resulted in the lowest unemployment in like forever, greater upward mobility than we've seen since the post ww2 era. High GDP growth. And, shockingly for those who shout "trickle down doesn't work" at the drop of a hat, the fact that not only are wages rising, but they are rising relatively faster for the working class than the wealthy. Hard to keep arguing "tax cuts for the rich", when that is what's really going on.
I almost laughed out loud watching Biden's rally last week. At one point he was trying to mock the economic results, and said something like "did you get any tax cut" to the audience, and they're all shouting "no way" (or something like that). Um... It's not like it was hard to look at your pay check prior and after the freaking tax cut. Everyone got more money into their pockets. Every one (well, everyone who worked and paid any taxes at all). So either his entire audience was made up of the unemployed, or very low paid workers (like minimum wage part time folks), or a whole bunch of people were just shouting something that they all knew wasn't true, but were I guess just hoping the rest of us wouldn't notice or something.
It's hard to run a campaign when you have to basically ignore reality and make stuff up in order to make any sort of point in your favor. Again, that might fly with the loyal followers in the crowd, but it totally turns off everyone else. At a certain point, it just becomes like "Holy cow, is there any lie they wont all adopt as truth just to show support for their side"? It's crazy. Again, that might help win a primary, but it's going to be hard to get those voters in the middle to take you seriously when you deny simple facts like yes, the tax cuts did actually help working and middle class folks, and yes, Trumps trade deals and regulation removal has helped businesses grow, and increase employment and wages for workers, and yes, China is actually a threat to be taken seriously. You know. Basic stuff that shows you are even remotely in touch with what is actually happening in the country and the world.
The more that Dem primary contenders feel they have to throw away that reality in order to win points with the increasingly nutty Left, the harder they make it for themselves in Fall of next year. We'll see what happens, but it's not looking good so far. Edited, May 8th 2019 4:54pm by gbaji