Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been one of the loudest proponents for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, an ironic position given that in 1999 – when the subject of impeachment was Democrat President Bill Clinton – he argued against the trial using many points that could easily be applied to today’s trial of Trump.
In a letter for the record, Schumer said on February 11, 1999 that the impeachment of Clinton had taken a devastating toll on the nation, not least because the president had not crossed any line or boundary prescribed by the Constitution. But while you can agree or disagree with what Schumer had to say about Clinton’s impeachment, there’s no getting around the fact that many of his arguments against impeachment ring true today.
“It has shaken me that we stand at the brink of removing a President — not because of a popular groundswell to remove him and not because of the magnitude of the wrongs he’s committed — but because conditions in late 20th century America has made it possible for a small group of people who hate Bill Clinton and hate his policies to very cleverly and very doggedly exploit the institutions of freedom that we hold dear and almost succeed in undoing him,” he wrote.
Tell us that you couldn’t simply replace “Bill Clinton” with “Donald Trump” and make the exact same statement today. There is, obviously, no popular groundswell to remove Trump. And there is certainly no magnitude to the wrongs he’s committed. Democrats, spurred on by a rabid segment of their base and a fear that they cannot beat Trump at the ballot box, have hijacked a constitutional process for their own partisan gain. Well said, Chuck.
“If you had asked me one year ago if people like this with such obvious political motives could use our courts, play the media and tantalize the legislative branch to achieve their ends of bringing down the President, I would have said ‘not a chance — that doesn’t happen in America,’” he wrote. “But it almost happened. And in the future it could be a left wing zealous organization or another right wing group or some other group with strong narrow beliefs.”
The man certainly has a prescient mind, does he not?
“It seems we have lost the ability to forcefully advocate for our position without trying to criminalize or at least dishonor our adversaries — often over matters having nothing to do with the public trust. And it is hurting the country; it is marginalizing and polarizing the Congress,” he wrote.
We don’t even need to add a comment.