Former President Jimmy Carter recently said he believes Trump lost the election and he was put in office BECAUSE Russia interfered in the election.
Actor Ron Pearlman goes further. He says the Trump presidency should be annulled.
This morning President Carter became the 1st American that I know of to intone what I’ve been tweeting for 2 plus years: Trump never won anything, he was installed. He is illegitimate. Impeachment is for elected leaders; he needs to be annulled! 23.5K 10:23 PM – Jun 28, 2019
I agree with Pearlman. Given the information our intelligence agencies had on Trump before he was seated as president, President Obama, the electoral college and Congress should have intervened to prevent Trump from ever being seated as President of The United States. The Trump presidency must go down in history as illegitimate. So what is the prudent remedy for an illegitimate presidency?
Republicans have time and time again accused Democrats of trying to delegitimize Trump because of sour grapes over Hillary Clinton losing the election. However, if Trump did not win the election, who did win the election? There was indeed a legitimate winner of the 2016 presidential election. There is nothing in our political or governmental lexicon to address an illegitimate presidency, probably because the framers of the Constitution neve envisioned that happening. Ben Franklin said upon leaving the Constitutional Convention that the framers of the Constitution gave us a democracy, IF WE COULD KEEP IT. The current status of our government is a serious stress test in whether we have kept our democracy.
We can point to many reasons for our failed democracy that precedes Trump. Trump could not have destroyed our democracy by himself. He had plenty of help, from the GOP and its supporters to people who have not participated in the democratic process. But I remember President Kennedy saying that our problems are manmade, and therefore they may be solved by man. The question is do Americans have to courage to solve THIS problem.
The Mueller investigation was supposedly an attempt to solve the problem, but Mueller’s adherence to the DOJ policy of not indicting a sitting president hampered the attempt from the beginning. The Constitution charges Congress with the task of impeaching and removing from office and even to prosecute and imprison a president who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. The current Congress seems to be incapable of taking on that responsibility, and as Pearlman said, that process is for elected presidents. How should we treat a fake or illegitimate president? A president who committed crimes in order to become president?
The very existence of the democracy that was the United States of America stands at a precipice. How will we respond?