Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, has had a long and distinguished career, and he’s a generally well respected academic, economist, and political activist. He’s also a far-left loon, who has apparently finally lost all of his marbles.
Reich, who was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign, recently tweeted that, by his count, there were now five good reasons to impeach President Trump:
1. In taking the oath of office, a president promises to ‘faithfully’ execute the laws and the Constitution. But Trump is ‘unfaithfully’ executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, President Obama, of undertaking an illegal (and impeachable) act.
2. Article 1 Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand–decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.
3. The 1st Amendment to the Constitution bars any law ‘respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ But Trump’s ban on travel into the U.S. from six Muslim countries–which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees–violates that provision.
4. The 1st Amendment also bars “abridging the freedom…of the press.” But Trump’s labeling the press the “enemy of the people” and choosing whom he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage, violates this provision.
5. Article III Section 3 of the Constitution defines “treason against the United States” as “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Evidence is mounting that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.
Reich continued, “The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there is the political will. As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House (where a bill of Impeachment originates), it’s unlikely. Another reason why it’s critically important to flip the House in 2018.”
Here’s the problem with Reich’s analysis of these so-called “impeachable” offenses — they’re completely bogus and he’s obviously nuts.
Let me deconstruct this for you.
First, he argues that Trump is not “faithfully” executing the laws of the land because he accused Obama of wiretapping him. Not sure where Reich thinks the Constitution says that you can’t believe that someone else tried to spy on you. Paranoia (deserved or not) is not a legal reason to impeach.
Secondly, he says that Trump has violated Article 1 Section 9 by “steering” business to his hotels and because China has granted “Trump brand” its trademark. As you’ll notice, no evidence is offered up that Trump has “steered” business to his hotels. Perhaps diplomats are using Trump hotels because they hope the President will notice, but that’s not something he can control. Also, saying Trump should be impeached because China granted a trademark is just silly. Trump should be impeached for China’s decision? Nonsense.
Third, Reich somehow makes the completely illogical leap arguing that Trump’s travel pause on 6 countries is a violation of the 1st Amendment because mostly Muslims will be affected. There are more than 60 other majority Muslim nations not on the travel “ban” list. Also, Christians and other religious minorities will be affected by the executive order as well. This reason is just plain wrong on the facts.
Fourth, Trump’s animosity with the Press somehow amounts to violating the First Amendment. Seriously, is Reich playing with a full deck? If Trump being hostile with some of the media is a violation of the 1st Amendment and an impeachable offense, then Obama should have been impeached for the way he treated Fox News. Or how he persecuted Fox News reporter James Rosen. Or how he spied on and illegally stole information from the AP. The First Amendment means that the government cannot pass laws infringing on the right to a free press; it has nothing to do with the President offering his opinion of the press. Reason #4 is just plain dumb.
Fifth, if liberals are right that Trump “colluded” with Russia… maybe this one would fly. The problem is that Reich is wrong when he says, “Evidence is mounting that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.” The exact opposite is actually true. Evidence is mounting that Trump had NOTHING to do with whatever Russia is doing in the USA. See these reports from the last couple of days: ABC News, Rare.us, the National Review, the Blaze, and Rolling Stone. The truth is that the Democrats chose to lose the 2016 presidential election the moment they decided that Hillary Clinton would be their nominee. It just so happened that Donald Trump was the candidate who had the opportunity to be running against her. Reich’s 5th and final reason is pure B.S.
That means all 5 of Reich’s “reasons to impeach” are completely worthless, which you probably could have guessed without my explanation.
However, there’s more. Reich ends his post calling for Democrats to “flip the House” in 2018. Sadly for Reich, this won’t be happening. Why? Because the economy is finally starting to turn around. The market is way up, unemployment is way down, and more and more jobs become available every day. Not only that, illegal immigration has slowed to a crawl, meaning that even more jobs will soon become available to unskilled American laborers, and President Trump’s continued outreach to the world business community can only mean good things for the American economy. Reich is fooling himself if he thinks the Democrats have any chance at flipping the House come 2018.