Editorials

Desperate NeverTrumpers and the Constitution

A year ago the op-ed writers who present themselves as tutors to the nation insisted that Donald Trump could not and would not become president.  Progressive pundits were certain of this—after all, they didn’t know anyone who was voting for him.  The Republican wing of the commentariat, however, was equally sure that Trump would fail: David Brooks and Ross Douthat, Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner, Jennifer Rubin and Kathleen Parker all agreed.  How could so much collected wisdom go wrong?

Yet the American people did not follow the script—couldn’t they read?—and they elected this man whom they had been told, time and again, was “disqualified” from office because he did not meet with the approval of newspaper moralists.  No great self-examination followed on the part of the pundits who blew their prognostications.  Instead, they have set about correcting history.  The voters made a mistake; they didn’t listen.  So now the same keyboards that proved Trump could not win are pounded upon to show how he can be removed from office.

If the public would not heed wise counsel, then Congress and the President’s own Cabinet must do so.  They must dispose of Trump through whatever constitutional means are available.  Impeachment is in order—even if the President has yet to be accused plausibly of doing anything illegal.  Or...

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