Sarah Churchwell says it is self-evident Trump will go—but Simon Heffer disagreesby Sarah Churchwell, Simon Heffer / June 20, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Sarah Churchwell: The reasons for believing that Donald Trump should be removed from the White House today are too numerous to outline in such a brief piece. Fortunately they are also self-evident. Everyone knows he should go, including, presumably, the Republicans in Congress still shoring up his ever more risible and discredited administration.
There are many methods: impeachment, the 25th Amendment (if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet vote that he is “unable to discharge the duties” of his office, a clause that—significantly—doesn’t specify this “inability”), criminal prosecution, or being forced to resign, as happened to President Nixon.
But this will not occur, we are told, because it is not in Republicans’ interests to oust Trump, while their extreme gerrymandering of congressional districts makes it unlikely that the Democrats will be able to take Congress from them in the 2018 midterm elections. Clearly self-interest, of the most venal and despicable kind, is guiding any so-called lawmaker supporting a president so spectacularly incompetent and compulsively dishonest. They want their tax cuts, and they will hold the country hostage to get them.
But it is precisely because of Republicans’ self-interest that Trump will never last four years. So-called “Trump supporters” (somehow different from Trump voters) are said to comprise 46 per cent of the United States, whereas in truth they only comprised 46 per cent of the electorate. In fact Trump was elected by a mere 26 per cent of the adult American populace (see gerrymandering, above); 75 per cent did not vote for Trump, and his approval rating has dropped to just 39 per cent, while his “strong approval” rating has plummeted to a staggering 17 per cent.