Trump thread:

1. If the impeachment process were successful, Trump would be removed from office. But as hearings in the Senate last many days, if not weeks, Trump will have left office by the time the case is concluded.
2. So it can be said the purpose of the impeachment is virtually impossible to fulfill by due process & appropriate timescale.

But in some instances, impeachment proceedings may disqualify officials from holding public office in the future.

Now we're getting somewhere.
3. It seems likely the motive is to prevent Trump from holding any public office appointment in the future.

As I've said previously, I'm not a huge fan of Trump, but this scenario makes me uncomfortable.
4. The establishment haven't recovered from the 2016 bloody nose & seem hell bent on preventing anyone from outside the clique running for office, especially Trump.

Yes he's rude & offensive at times, but people voted for him & that's how democracy works.
5. Pelosi et al have fought tooth & nail for 4 years to disrupt, yet their own misdemeanors are repeatedly swept aside. The press showed very little interest in the Hunter Biden story that emerged prior to the election.
6. That's not only odd, it's dangerous. If the story is untrue or embellished, the evidence needs investigating to establish so. If it is true, then I think the public ought to know about it & importantly, if or by how much Joe Biden was involved.
7. It's such a weird time. The Democrats are making a lot of noise to try and stifle debate, but sooner or later questions will be asked.
8. It's a little like the Brexit debate here when the media stuffed the airwaves with remain pundits, trying to convince the referendum voting was unsafe, or we'd changed our minds.
9. There's the aftermath to face. 70 million Republican voters won't be too happy. The US equivalents of Grieve, Soubry, Wollaston & Bercow will too face a day of reckoning when the ballot box beckons.
10. Our lot didn't get away with it & neither will the US politicians, so eager to try & reestablish the pre-Trump political order, where you can vote for whom you like, but not much will change, even when change is much needed.
11. And the thing is, these people have been in politics for decades, yet their mistakes are blindingly obvious & terminal. They are pissing off 70 + million people who watched Portland Federal Court attacked repeatedly with next to no kickback.
12. They watched businesses burned, Police Stations abandoned & pockets of lawlessness take over neighbourhoods. Anyone normal could see that was wrong. Anyone normal could see the statue toppling was wrong. Anyone could see there was no legitimacy for their actions.
13. It seems only one side of the argument is allowed to be aired. Shout down dissenters & call them racists. This leads to frustration & resentment in an already disillusioned population.
14. So the question is: What exactly are the Democrats playing at? Why are they picking a fight they haven't a hope of winning? How do they reconcile their actions to the 70 million Republican voters, many of which are perfectly respectable & intelligent people.
15. The disconnect is astounding.

It's back to Clinton's 'basket of deplorables', but 70 million requires one hell of a big basket.

I think they've all gone mad.

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