US President Donald Trump’s comments that both left and right-wing protesters were responsible for Saturday’s mass violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has created a clamour online for his impeachment – despite not being grounds for the move.
Trump was criticized for his delayed response in denouncing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, during which a counter-protester was killed by an alleged neo-Nazi.
Heather Heyer, 32, was fatally injured when a car smashed into a crowd of antifa demonstrators protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.
On Tuesday, Trump blamed both sides for the violence in Charlottesville and questioned the role of demonstrators he termed the alt left
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump asked. “Let me ask you this, what about the fact they came charging with clubs in the hand, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
Just hours after the president’s press event at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, calls for his impeachment began to trend on Twitter.
Not long ago, at a town hall event by CNN ( Trump haters), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared to admonish Democrats who were calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump for spurious reasons.
“You’re talking about impeachment,” she said, “you’re talking about ‘what are the facts?’ Not, ‘I don’t like him,’ and ‘I don’t like his hair,’ what are the facts? ‘I don’t like what he said about this’ — what are the facts that you would make a case on?”
“What are the rules that he may have violated?” she asked, rhetorically. “If you don’t have that case, you’re just participating in more hearsay. And that’s not the basis of a — and we owe the American people just some stability in all of this.”
There have been many calls from Democrats to impeach Trump, most notably and loudly from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has been vehement and vocal in her opposition to the president’s agenda.
Waters at one point led a chant at a liberal rally to impeach Trump, and denied she had done so later in a television appearance.
Recently, Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) told a town hall audience that she was doing her “homework” about the process of impeaching Trump, but offered no details on what basis that might be.
A professor called for Trump’s impeachment even before he was elected, and ironically, former President Barack Obama had confidently mocked Republicans who were calling for Hillary Clinton’s impeachment before the election, saying, “she hasn’t even been elected yet!”
More recently, some have claimed that Trump could be impeached over the controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Other people were quick to point out that the president’s reaction, whatever your political views on his comments, is not actually grounds to force him from office under impeachment.
* OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
* HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
PLENTY OF LEGAL GROUND TO #IMPEACHTRUMP!
– SARAH KENDZIOR (@SARAHKENDZIOR) AUGUST 16, 2017
TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME IS NOT GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT IN THE REAL WORLD. TAKE YOUR MEDS N GO TO SLEEP
– BRANDON (@OLDTOOTHLESSLI1) AUGUST 16, 2017
Under Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, a President can only be impeached upon the “Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High crimes and Misdemeanors.”
According to the Constitution, the House must bring formal charges against the federal official, and then the procedure moves to the Senate, which acts as the trier of fact. They ultimately make the decision on whether to remove Trump, which requires a two-thirds majority of the Senate.
The last president to face impeachment was Bill Clinton, who was the subject of a senate trial in 1999. He was found not guilty of lying under oath during an investigation into sexual harassment allegations in Arkansas, which subsequently revealed his relationship with White House aide Monica Lewinsky.
Sources: RT and The Blaze