Editorial Pages Agree: Impeach Trump

UPDATE (December 20, 2019): The influential evangelical publication Christianity Today supports impeachment and slams Trump in the process:

Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character…

Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments. [Pols emphasis]

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.

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The New York Times keeps it simple.

UPDATE (December 16, 2019): In addition to the news outlets listed below, pro-impeachment editorials have been published in the Tampa Bay Times, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News, USA Today, and locally, the Aurora Sentinel. Here’s the latest sampling:

The New York Times:

In the end, the story told by the two articles of impeachment approved on Friday morning by the House Judiciary Committee is short, simple and damning [Pols emphasis]: President Donald Trump abused the power of his office by strong-arming Ukraine, a vulnerable ally, holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid until it agreed to help him influence the 2020 election by digging up dirt on a political rival.

When caught in the act, he rejected the very idea that a president could be required by Congress to explain and justify his actions, showing “unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance” in the face of multiple subpoenas. He made it impossible for Congress to carry out fully its constitutionally mandated oversight role, and, in doing so, he violated the separation of powers, a safeguard of the American republic.

To quote from the articles, “President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”

The Detroit Free Press:

If government were a game, it might well be pointless for congressional Democrats to persist in their efforts to remove Donald Trump from office via the constitutionally prescribed but politically fraught process of impeachment…

…But impeachment is not a game, and the disposition of grave allegations against a commander-in-chief should not turn on partisan advantage alone — not, at least, if Americans expect the world not to guffaw at the claim that ours is a government of laws. And so it’s crucial that the House of Representatives honors its constitutional obligation to hold this lawless president accountable for his abuse of power — even if craven senators lack the courage to do the same…[Pols emphasis]

 

The Salt Lake Tribune:

Some in both chambers may honestly believe that the removal of a duly elected president, less than a year before he is to face the voters, would be overreach. But there is no question that this president has committed impeachable acts. [Pols emphasis]

The Orlando Sentinel:

The question was never if Donald Trump did something wrong.

Of course he did. The president of the United States got on the phone and asked the leader of a foreign power to investigate a domestic political opponent. Only the most cynical partisan would think that’s OK.

The question is whether he ought to be impeached for it, and the answer is yes. [Pols emphasis]

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Such an act of tyranny is what the Constitution was created to protect against. That is why this impeachment process is urgent and should move forward without delay.

The impeachment investigation has been an attempt to get to the truth about the president’s abuse of power. One career civil servant after another has testified to the same facts confirming the whistle-blower complaint that triggered this investigation. Those facts have not been disputed, even by most of the president’s defenders…

And that is why we endorse a vote to impeach the president. While his removal from office is unlikely, his crimes against the country, and the Constitution, warrant that outcome. [Pols emphasis]

 

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(Originally posted on December 10, 2019)

Editorial boards of some of the largest and most influential newspapers in the country are coming to the same conclusion about the impeachment of President Trump. Take a look…

The Washington Post:

it is our view that more than enough proof exists for the House to impeach Mr. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress [Pols emphasis], based on his own actions and the testimony of the 17 present and former administration officials who courageously appeared before the House Intelligence Committee.

Chicago Sun-Times:

To our thinking, a president who sells out the best interests of his country to dirty up a political rival is guilty of the very essence of an impeachable offense. He has betrayed his country. Regardless of the political fallout, he should be removed from office…

…The president compromised our nation’s best interests for pure political self-profit, as baldly as a Chicago alderman holding up a zoning change for a bribe.

Trump has brought impeachment upon himself. [Pols emphasis]

The Boston Globe:

Impeachment does not require a crime. The Constitution entrusts Congress with the impeachment power in order to protect Americans from a president who is betraying their interests. And it is very much in Americans’ interests to maintain checks and balances in the federal government; to have a foreign policy that the world can trust is based on our national interest instead of the president’s personal needs; to control federal spending through their elected representatives; to vote in fair elections untainted by foreign interference. For generations, Americans have enjoyed those privileges. What’s at stake now is whether we will keep them. The facts show that the president has threatened this country’s core values and the integrity of our democracy. Congress now has a duty to future generations to impeach him. [Pols emphasis]

The Los Angeles Times:

The Times’ editorial board was a reluctant convert to the impeachment cause. We worried that impeaching Trump on essentially a party-line vote would be divisive. It is also highly likely that Trump would be — will be — acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, and that, rightly or wrongly, he would point to that in his reelection campaign as exoneration.

But those concerns must yield to the overwhelming evidence that Trump perverted U.S. foreign policy for his own political gain. [Pols emphasis] That sort of misconduct is outrageous and corrosive of democracy. It can’t be ignored by the House, and it merits a full trial by the Senate on whether to remove him from office.

We’ll update this post as more impeachment-related editorials are published.

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  1. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Because in TrumpWorld, you can never have too many corrupt cronies that owe you:

    Trump’s urging of Border Patrol union deal leads to contract that some see as a reward to union chief who backed president

    President Trump urged his top border security official to finalize a new labor contract with the Border Patrol union just weeks before the deal was signed in September, an agreement that significantly increased the number of union officials allowed to collect a government salary without performing patrol duties, according to current and former administration officials.

    The move pulls additional Border Patrol agents from their jobs to focus on labor relations matters at a time the administration considers the situation at the southern border to be a national security crisis. It also expands the number of border agents whose roles as union officers allow them to engage in partisan political activity, a potential benefit to the president’s 2020 campaign. Current and former officials see the deal as a reward to the union and its chief, who endorsed Trump in 2016 and has since emerged as a fierce and dependable advocate for the president’s border policies.

  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Newspaper editorials. Pfft.
    Call me when Sinclair Broadcasting comes out in favor of conviction.

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    Newspaper editorials……you mean like the Denver Post opining that Cory Gardner would have no impact on reproductive rights?

  4. MADCO says:

    NYT – Friedman
    "Impeach Trump – Save America"

    Well said.

    • harrydobyharrydoby says:

      And well worth repeating for those without a NYTimes subscription:

      The integrity of our elections would be shattered, and we would never again have a legitimate president — a president, who, whether or not you liked him or her, was at least seen as legitimately elected. That would be a prescription for permanent political chaos, as no future presidents’ authority would be respected if they were elected on the basis of foreign interference.

      But that is what Republicans are courting by blindly defending Trump’s indefensible enlistment of Ukraine’s help to take down Biden and by echoing Trump’s conspiracy theory — originated by Russian agents — that it was Ukraine that hacked the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016, not Russia. They also argue that the D.N.C.’s server was shipped off to Ukraine before the F.B.I. could look at it.

      This is right out of “The Twilight Zone.”

      Folks, can you imagine what Russia’s President Putin is saying to himself today? “I can’t believe my luck! I not only got Trump to parrot my conspiracy theories, I got his whole party to do it! And for free! Who ever thought Americans would so easily sell out their own Constitution for one man? My God, I have Russian lawmakers in my own Parliament who’d quit before doing that. But it proves my point: America is no different from Russia, so spare me the lectures.”

      If Congress were to do what Republicans demand — forgo impeaching this president for enlisting a foreign power to get him elected, after he refused to hand over any of the documents that Congress had requested and blocked all of his key aides who knew what happened from testifying — we would be saying that a president is henceforth above the law.

      The GOP members of our congressional delegation should be ashamed of themselves, although I doubt they have that capability.

      • MADCO says:

        That link Headbanger posted to the Bulwark has some good, solid conservatives writing about why following Gaetz, Nunes, Cruz and MoscowMtch is a HUGE embarrasment mistake and a massive problem for the party.

  5. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Articles of impeachment are a HUGE  disappointment for me. Trump continually violates Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution and is not called to account for that.   (Hint: it's the emoluments clause).

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Some good will come from this Banger.  The House will impeach Trump on the articles that were filed which is sufficient to have a Senate trial.  Gardner will completely destroy any chances of being re-elected by voting not to remove Trump even though he will go through the charade of pretending he is undecided on the matter.  Cory is cooked as they say.

    • The actual impeachment report is much better than the Articles in front of it. I thought the Articles were weak sauce, but the supporting report lays out actual crimes including bribery.

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