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Trumpster Ignorance on Display

This is really kind of unfair, like shooting fish in a barrel. They’re such an easy target, and one really should pick on someone one’s own size, but this is an excellent opportunity to look at some parts of the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution is not a particularly long or difficult document. But whoever dreamed up this silly fantasy obviously hasn’t read it, or hasn’t read it very carefully.

This idea has two, blindingly obvious, flaws. Anyone who is actually familiar with the Constitution would spot them immediately, to wit:

First, Article II, Section 2, paragraph 1, U.S. Constitution gives to the President “Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment” [emphasis added]. Pence does not have the power to pardon Trump for impeachment. Whoops.

Second, Article I, Section 3, paragraph 7, states, “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law” [emphasis added]. Double whoops. Any official who suffers removal from office via impeachment is no longer eligible to hold any public office under the Constitution. After we remove Trump via impeachment, he will not be eligible to serve as dog catcher, much less president.

No liberal heads explode. Sorry, “conservatives.” Your zeal to pursue politics and policy primarily to make your opponents mad is childish and stupid under any description. It only looks even more so when you cannot even bother to read the document we use to govern ourselves. This is entirely consistent with the ignorance your current lord and savior, Donald Trump, exhibits towards the Constitution he took an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend…” (U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, paragraph 8).

How Republicans expect to govern when they disdain higher education is an interesting question. Students should read the Constitution in high school, and no federal office has any educational requirement at all, but reading comprehension and critical thinking skills most people learn in college are obviously useful.

Those skills would have helped them avoid the foolish mistakes under discussion here.

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