In a stunning op-ed for Cincinnati.com, a former Republican Judge is calling for the immediate impeachment of Donald Trump. On top of that, he also offers to help his state’s U.S. congressman draw up articles of impeachment against the president.
Former Judge Mark P. Painter is a lifelong Republican who served on the Ohio Court of Appeals for 14 years from 1995 to 2009. He’s the author of six books, over 130 articles and 400 published court opinions. In his op-ed Painter says that “each new day is a new nightmare” under the disastrous and corrupt Trump administration.
In any time except our post-factual era, no office holder, much less the president, could get away with any one of the dozens of dazzlingly illegal things Trump has already done,” Painter writes. “They would forfeit office immediately.”
“Each new day is a new nightmare. We are still trying to digest one breathtaking assault on America when another is signed, issued, or Tweeted. All this amid constant lies. Constant. Lies.”
Painter explains that for over 36 years he’s exclusively voted for Republican presidents “[b]ut I have watched what once was a sane, center-right party go off the rails, first to the extreme right, then to wherever Trump is, which is in another universe.”
It’s tough, but we must end this dangerous presidency,” he insists. “Trump must be impeached and removed with all haste. But only Congress can initiate the process.”
The judge continues by calling on Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) to step up and begin the process of impeachment against a rogue and dangerous president. Here’s an excerpt from his column:
Our congressman, Steve Chabot, has been busy defending Trump from the media, which is simply reporting Trump’s machinations. It’s time for him to man-up and start drafting the articles of impeachment. As I remember, he did it for Clinton for far less than Trump has already done.
Basic American values – free speech, the rule of law, separation of powers, even common decency – are unknown in this White House. We now have a president who has no concept of separation of powers, or why we have three branches of government. If he knew anything about the Constitution, he would know the framers envisioned just the situation we have now – a would-be dictator. They provided checks and balances – such as an independent judiciary to protect us from presidential tyranny.
The Judge urges his fellow Republicans to face reality and admit that Trump’s presidency represents everything his party should stand against. He calls on them to abandon their party line pride and do what’s right for the Democratic Republic they are duty bound to preserve.
We must admit we have elected a president who has immediately proved himself to be a grifter, a pathological liar, a mean-spirited bully and dangerous to American values,” Painter concludes. “This not-ready-for-prime-time show is too dangerous to continue. America is at stake.”
The importance and gravity of Painter’s condemnation and call for impeachment can not be overstated. It’s unlikely that there has ever been a time in history where a prominent judge has implored the impeachment of a U.S. President so early in his administration. Of course, brainwashed Republicans are likely to ignore his warning and circle the political wagons around Trump. They’ll probably assault Painter’s character and conservative credentials, labeling him a “liberal activist judge.” This is because misguided Republicans can not face the reality of having supported the worst presidential candidate in U.S. history. Or in terms conservatives can better understand:
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” ~Proverbs 16:18 King James Bible.
Let’s just hope there will be a few real patriots willing to go against their party to save their country.
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