President Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 after the House voted on eleven articles of impeachment. While the main charge was “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and mostly revolved around the Tenure of Office Act (firing and replacing cabinet without the consent of Congress), other articles focused on “unlawful intent to control the disbursements of the moneys appropriated for the military service and for the Department of War,” making speeches with the intent to “attempt to bring into disgrace, ridicule, hatred, contempt and reproach, the Congress of the United States,” and “bringing disgrace and ridicule to the presidency by his aforementioned words and actions.” Do those last three sound familiar?
Ultimately, the Senate failed to throw Johnson out, Congress removed the law they claimed he violated two decades later, and in 1926, the Supreme Court ruled he had the authority to remove and replace cabinet members and the Tenure of Office Act was invalid. But, President Andrew Johnson was still impeached.
President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1999 (initiated in ’98) after Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr couldn’t find any wrongdoing in a land deal, so he got him for lying to a grand jury about a consensual sex act. No, Republicans didn’t impeach him for having sex with Hillary. The impeachment was deemed totally partisan, and Republicans had to go through three House Speakers before they could land on one who wasn’t guilty of having an extramarital affair before they could finally conduct the proceedings (the third one they landed on later turned out to be a pedophile). Many of the Republicans arguing in favor of impeachment in the House are still around today arguing against their former positions. Ultimately, the Senate failed to convict Bill Clinton. But, President Bill Clinton was still impeached.
Yesterday, at another hate rally, Donald Trump said, “Our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her (Nancy Pelosi) stupid impeachment.” Uh, no. Donald, your poll numbers suck. He also said, “This is impeachment light. This is the lightest impeachment in the history of our country by far.”
Donald, there have only been two other impeachments and only three times articles were presented. Impeachment is so bad, it’s only happened to two out of 44 previous presidents. You suck so much, you’re about to be the third out of 45.
Trump is lucky there are only two articles of impeachment against him. The first is on abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals. The second is on obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.
At his hate rally, Trump wondered aloud why they didn’t get him for other crimes like bribery. He’s right. He did commit other crimes such as bribery and there should have been articles introduced on that.
Soon after, Trump started lying about the FBI spying on his campaign and calling members of the agency “scum.” Earlier, on the same day articles of impeachment were introduced because of his trying to get a foreign nation to meddle in an American election, he was hosting Russia’s foreign minister in the Oval Office. Talk about being totally obtuse.
Lightest impeachment ever or not, Donald Trump is going to be impeached. It’ll be on his Wikipedia page. It’ll be in every future article about his presidency. It’ll be in the history books. It will probably be in every first paragraph in every story about his horrible presidency. It should be on his tombstone.
Here are the facts: In the future, when people discuss or write about Trump’s presidency, what will be included is impeachment, didn’t win the popular vote, and Russian meddling. Neither Johnson, Nixon, or Clinton, has that. Only Trump.
Donald Trump will be impeached and go down as the worst, most sordid and corrupt president in American history. There’s nothing light about that.
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