Beating the “remove Trump” drum may well backfire on the media
The “impeach Trump” movement started on inauguration day, if not before. From unserious partisans like Maxine Waters pledging her waking hours to ensuring that the president be impeached to the mainstream media chiming in with articles from the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Indeed, the tempo has increased this week with the following articles being published across the mainstream press and the regressive blogosphere between May 8 and May 14:
Huffington Post: There’s A Faster Way Than Russiagate To Remove Trump From Office
Huffington Post: The End of Trump
New York Daily News: Here’s the presidential order of succession — just in case
The New Yorker: How Trump Could Get Fired
The New Yorker (satire): Trump Boasts That His Impeachment Will Get Higher TV Ratings Than All Other Impeachments
Politico: Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment
The Washington Post: Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.
The public is deluged with reports that the president is unfit for office or in some way corrupt before anything has been investigated, much less proven.
No president has been removed from office via impeachment; the only two presidents ever successfully impeached were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both were acquitted in the Senate.
For a president to be successfully impeached, convicted, and removed from office, one key element, beyond the impeachable offense/s and political will, would need to be in place: public outcry and support such that the president’s removal from office is demanded by the people.
That’s where the media comes in.
This week’s barrage of articles and posts about removing President Trump from office and the implicit suggestion that he can—and should—be removed from office is intended to seep into the public consciousness, creating, they collectively hope, a public demand for the president’s removal.DONATE
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