President Trump pursued his penchant for self-pity to a disgusting new low this morning when he took to Twitter to whine about his impeachment inquiry for the umpteenth time.
He warned that a theoretical future Democratic president will find himself or herself susceptible to impeachment the moment the GOP has a majority in the House of Representatives regardless of “due process or fairness or legal rights.” While his cynical prognostication isn’t out of the question given the Republican Party’s increasing love for lawlessness and their gravitation towards partisanship over patriotism, it isn’t an accurate description of what is happening to him.
If Trump had simply obeyed the Constitution rather than running arguably the most corrupt administration in American history, he wouldn’t be facing impeachment. If he had resisted the urge to withhold military aid to wartorn Ukraine in order to use it as leverage to strongarm their president into opening a trumped investigation into Joe Biden in the hopes of damaging his 2020 prospects, he wouldn’t be facing impeachment. If he had simply shown some respect for the rule of law for the first time in his misbegotten, gangsterish life he would not be facing impeachment. But Donald J. Trump is a crook to his rotten core, and crooks face impeachment.
After the opening complaint salvo, Trump stepped into truly dark territory with his victimhood complex.
“All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” Trump tweeted, unironically comparing the Democrats trying to hold him accountable for his abuses of office to the murderous racist white mobs who used to torture and hang Black people from trees.
It truly cannot be stressed enough how deeply despicable this comparison is. There are absolutely zero similarities between impeaching this criminal president and the historic campaign of terror and bloodshed that was waged by white supremacists against Black Americans, and for Trump of all people—someone who regularly engages in racist dog whistles and who implied that some Nazis are “very fine people”—is utterly beyond the pale.
Clearly, there is no national wound this man won’t rip open, no divisive rhetoric he won’t employ in the service of his own self-interest. Trump is a disgrace to the Oval Office and anyone who continues to support him bears culpability for every drop of racist filth that spews from his mouth. History is watching and history will remember. Vote accordingly.
So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.