Donald Trump hasn't even been nominated yet but that hasn't kept Politico from engaging in wild speculation about what they claim could be his impending impeachment. The Politico fantasy takes us on a time travel trip to the summer of 2017 which goes into such detail, you have to wonder if author Darren Samuelsohn has been indulging in an overabundance of magic mushrooms. The funniest thing of all is that Samuelsohn concludes by pretty much stating Never Mind! See, it probably won't happen so why engage in all this impeachment speculation in the first place?
So let us now watch Politico engage in fantasy impeachment:
“Impeachment” is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and even a few members of Congress. From the right, Washington attorney Bruce Fein puts the odds at 50/50 that a President Trump commits impeachable offenses as president. Liberal Florida Rep. Alan Grayson says Trump’s insistence on building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, if concrete was poured despite Congress’s opposition, could lead down a path toward impeachment.
You mean if a president acts unilaterally on a major issue via executive orders in order to circumvent Congress, this could be grounds for impeachment? Better let President Obama know about that.
On his radio show last month, Rush Limbaugh even put a very brisk timeline on it: “They’ll be talking impeachment on day two, after the first Trump executive order,” he said.
Rush was wrong. There is already talk of Trump's impeachment in Politico three months before the nominating convention has even begun.
And now it is time to hop aboard the Politico Fantasyland time machine:
...travel on the Politico time machine to the summer of 2017: President Trump, survivor of a Republican civil war and Hillary Clinton’s Democratic machine, is making good on his promise to "Make America Great Again."
He has ordered federal contractors to start building the wall between the United States and Mexico, though neither Mexico nor the U.S. Congress will pay for it. Trump has directed the National Guard to patrol Detroit, Chicago, New York and other neighborhoods with large Muslim populations, and accusations are swirling that he is illegally rounding up suspected Islamic extremists and shipping them off to special detention centers, including the recently reopened Alcatraz Island and to several of the World War II-era internment camps the U.S. government used for Japanese-Americans. Despite the counsel of his foreign policy and military advisers, Trump has commanded the CIA to resume waterboarding and other forms of torture to obtain information about imminent attacks. Inside the intelligence and defense communities, a full-blown internal war has broken out as some interrogators and high-ranking officials follow Trump’s orders, while others refuse to cooperate. Some resign their posts and begin leaking details to the media and Congress. Trump has also ordered airstrikes on the family members of known terrorists from Afghanistan to Libya. CNN airs live coverage of the bombings and protests sweep across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe as the death toll rises for the parents, siblings, spouses and children of ISIL and Al Qaeda fighters. At the United Nations, a resolution is passed, calling for Trump to be tried on war crimes.
Whew! All that's missing in this fantasy scenario is Trump appointing Boris Badenov as Secretary of Evil.
Samuelsohn digs himself ever deeper into his highly detailed impeachment fantasies until he reaches his Emily Litella moment:
Will it happen? Not likely. “To overturn the rule of the American people in the general election you have to have real substantive cause to do it,” said former Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays, who was one of four Republicans who voted against all four of the articles of impeachment against President Clinton. “It can’t just be political. It can’t be arguably gray between the two positions. It’s got to be really definitive.”
As expected, this Politico fantasy was widely mocked in their own comments section. Here is a sampling of the well-deserved derision:
Could Politico be failing??? It is highly probable, ie they are bleeding ALL the credible journalists that STARTED the site?? What a BS site (propaganda dressed up as a news site)!!!!!!!! Why don't they ask that about HILLIAR who should be in jail if there wasn't a DEM president pulling the strings at the DOJ?????
Why are these babbling fools wasting time on this moronic speculation, isn't there anything REAL they could write about?
Politifally savvy Martians could invade earth if Trump wins the Presidency. It's highly improbable, but everyone from law scholars to political junkies are speculating about it. What a dumb article.