Robert Reich: 'Don’t Impeach Trump, Annul His Presidency'

August 26th, 2018 1:48 PM

It is well known that the mere existence of President Donald Trump has driven the left way past the edge of sanity. One of the saddest  but perhaps funniest cases of this due to the absurdity is the plea by former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration to go beyond impeachment and annul the presidency of Trump. According to Reich that would mean that all of Trump's legislation, executive actions, and appointments would just disappear as if they had never existed in the first place.

Reich makes his inadvertently comedic annulment plea in the August 25 edition of Eurasia Review: "Don’t Impeach Trump, Annul His Presidency."

The only way I see the end of Trump is if there’s overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled.

Annulment, a funny byproduct of Reich's extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Let me explain. Many people are convinced we’re already witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump.

In their view, bombshell admissions from Trump insiders with immunity from prosecution, combined with whatever evidence Mueller uncovers about Trump’s obstruction of justice and his aide’s collusion with the Russians, will all tip the scales.

Democrats will take back the House and begin an impeachment, and the evidence of impeachable offenses will put enough pressure on Republican senators to send Trump packing.

I don’t believe this for a moment.

First, the Senate has never in history convicted a president of impeachment.

Ah, Reich finally has a very brief encounter with reality even though he seems confused about impeachment which is a legal process vote in the House, not a crime of which you can be convicted. Don't worry. It doesn't last long. Big laughs are on the way.

In all likelihood, we’ll have him for another two and a half years.

Don’t bet the house on him losing in 2020, either. A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might pulverize any Democratic opponent.

Even the real socialist and the fake Indian?

Oh, and let me remind you that even if he’s impeached, we’d still have his loathsome administration – Pence on down.

But lest you fall into a miasma of gloom, there’s another scenario – unlikely, but entirely possible.

Suppose, just suppose, Robert Mueller finds overwhelming and indisputable evidence that Trump conspired with Putin to rig the 2016 election, and the rigging determined the election’s outcome.

In other words, Trump’s presidency is not authorized under the United States Constitution.

After more than a year of heavy duty investigating Mueller has uncovered ZERO evidence of such collusion. He even stated this twice this year but continue with your entertaining "not authorized" delusion that has nothing to do with the Constitution.

Impeachment would remedy Trump’s “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But impeachment would not remedy Trump’s unconstitutional presidency because it would leave in place his vice president, White House staff and Cabinet, as well as all the executive orders he issued and all the legislation he signed, and the official record of his presidency.

The only response to an unconstitutional presidency is to annul it. Annulment would repeal all of an unconstitutional president’s appointments and executive actions, and would eliminate the official record of the presidency.

Annulment would recognize that all such appointments, actions, and records were made without constitutional authority.

The Constitution does not specifically provide for annulment of an unconstitutional presidency. But read as a whole, the Constitution leads to the logical conclusion that annulment is the appropriate remedy for one.

I saw a Butterfinger candy bar in the Constitution. Not specifically but if you read it as a whole, the Constitution leads to the logical conclusion of... Butterfinger candy bar.

After all, the Supreme Court declares legislation that doesn’t comport with the Constitution null and void, as if it had never been passed.

It would logically follow that the Court could declare all legislation and executive actions of a presidency unauthorized by the Constitution to be null and void, as if Trump had never been elected.

And the null and void Donald Trump himself also goes down the annulment memory hole as if he never existed? Therefore any future reference to Trump would be considered a Thought Crime.

As I’ve said, my betting is Trump remains president at least through 2020 – absent compelling and indisputable evidence he rigged the 2016 election.

But if such evidence comes forth, impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy because Trump’s presidency would be constitutionally illegitimate.

It should be annulled.