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.”
By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Trump. The fifth seems to be on its way. pic.twitter.com/PfAw0a0hfU
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 9, 2017
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.
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