Impeachment Would Be An Incendiary Mistake


Monday, January 11, 2021

After the storming of Capitol Hill, calls for impeachment or the invocation of the 25th Amendment have skyrocketed, even amongst conservatives. Make no mistake, these calls are self-serving and performative. Impeachment and removal of President Trump would be a speed-run to the start of American Civil War 2.0.

What happened on January 6th was entirely avoidable. For months, Trump supporters were fed vicious lies about the outcome of the 2020 election. They were led to believe, by Trump and his allies, that the Senate and Vice President Pence were in a position to overturn the election. They were not. Because the Senate and the Vice President decided to commit to their duty of certifying the election results, a mob descended on the Capitol in an effort to stop it. The violence that ensued led to five deaths, dozens of injuries, and inflicted untold financial and symbolic damage to the Capitol Building.

Trump was wholly inadequate in his job of quelling the attack. He did nothing but tweet out a video where he urged peace while simultaneously proclaiming his love for his supporters who were still in the Capitol. Even as rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” he sat idly by and failed to call in the National Guard to save his own Vice President. Trump failed to faithfully execute his duty that day, but he should not be removed from office.

Yes, Trump invited the crowd to Washington, D.C. on January 6th. Yes, he is responsible for much of the tension the crowd felt that day. No, he is not responsible for what the rioters who stormed the Capitol did. They had agency and made that decision entirely on their own. In his speech to the crowd before they marched on the Capitol, he urged them to do so “peacefully and patriotically.” Trump may have failed to stop the attack, but to lay the responsibility for it at his feet is intellectually dishonest.

Calls for impeachment, while they may be well-intentioned, serve as nothing more than a way to win woke points with the left while simultaneously turning up the heat on a situation well past its boiling point. The impeachment and removal of Trump won’t help the country heal, it won’t unify anyone, it will only further divide us.

The inauguration of President-elect Biden is days away. Calling a potential impeachment trial
“rushed” would be an understatement. There would be no time for justice to be properly administered. It would be a show trial by definition. Who does that serve other than pundits and politicians who are garnering airtime? What is gained by putting the country through a second grueling impeachment trial just as the sun is setting on the Trump Administration? Impeachment benefits no one other than those who are trying to make it clear that they’re on the “right side of history.”

Representative Chip Roy, a Republican who stood opposed to the effort to overturn the election, was clear that impeachment would be a mistake: “To do so at this point would be a reckless political statement with fewer than two weeks remaining in the President’s term. By its design, it will only further sow division among the American people and heighten, rather than de-escalate, the tensions we currently feel in our nation.”

Should this sentiment be supported by a few of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, there may not be enough votes to impeach him even if the House were able to move quickly enough. It would be a mostly partisan effort and would be more destructive than helpful.

Trump is on his way out of office in just over a week. He has been silenced on social media, his golf club has lost the 2022 PGA Championship, and his staff are leaving en masse. He is a king with an ever-emptying castle, no voice, and nothing to do but twiddle his thumbs at Camp David until the new occupant arrives in a few hours. Do the country a favor and let the Trump era end without an inferno.

Joseph Chalfant is the President of Lone Conservative. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Joseph Chalfant is the President of Lone Conservative. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation.

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