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MUHAMMAD: Americans Will Regret Not Removing Trump

When the otherwise legitimate judicial authority that is the U.S. Senate, sitting in silence “on pain of imprisonment” has its way in the matter of the impeachment of President Donald John Trump — intentionally disregarding its constitutional and ethical obligations — then chooses to not remove said Trump from office, it will have truly become a kangaroo court.

But unlike when leaders of lynch mobs were quickly acquitted by sympathetic juries, in this case, the not-convicted felon returns to his job as commander in chief, or “capo di tutti capi” — the boss of all the bosses, in gangster-speak. He will be uncontrollable. The people of this country, indeed the world, will come to rue the hour of his acquittal.

The current Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would prefer that the matter of his impeachment be settled before his scheduled State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 4. If it’s over by that time, he will be an insufferable SOTU speaker, gloating over his “exoneration” from the “greatest witch hunt of all time.” He will literally rub the noses of the Democrats in the House who impeached him, in “it.”

If not convicted and frog-marched out of office by the Senate, Dude will get worse, way, way worse. Just wait and see.

A compelling case could have been — and was, by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) — made to impeach The Donald on his Inauguration Day. Certainly, a year later he certainly should have been removed from office when freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) just got openly ghetto, when she said Congress should “impeach the motherf—er.”

In between those neglected pleas to save the sinking ship of state, and now, there were bombshells from a bunch of former Trump loyalists, including attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen, former FBI director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller’s 200-page report. Each incident, each new revelation only tightened the web of guilt around the president who has declared himself to be beyond the reach of the law.

A crime’s “OK if the president does it,” and thus he needn’t answer to any law or precedent he doesn’t want to. Release his tax returns? Impeachment documents? Fuhgeddaboutit.

The Occupant delights in sowing confusion, pitting folks against one another. He torments and belittles political opponents as well as his own staff and career employees. He mocks. He taunts. His potty mouth is full of invectives. He’s a lout. He’s a scoundrel. He’s a tramp. He’s a cur. He’s a rascal, and we’re only going to see more of the same from him going forward, if he’s not removed.

Then, he’s got a Plan B, which is to enlist the rowdy, armed, racist elements of the society, who want to re-decide the outcome of the Civil War; to rise up in his behalf, in a new civil war of sorts when the gun-toting right-wingers take the law into their own hands, attacking those who protest The Donald’s new, over-the-top, re-impeachable offenses. The armed vigilantes will attack the defenseless protestors, while the Trumpian law enforcement establishment looks the other way. Damned hippies.

The fatal mistake is that folks just cannot perceive the depth of evil that is Donald J. Trump, that surrounds Donald J. Trump. Folks invariably give him the benefit of the doubt, reasoning that no one could be as wicked as to do thus-and-so (of which he is accused); and besides, he denies it anyway.

Never mind what you thought you saw him do or say. What did he say about it? Then, what are you going to believe — The Donald, with 15,000 verified lies since taking office; or your own lying eyes?

The moral of this story is: Trump will not be removed from office by the Senate. Americans, indeed all the world will come to regret it.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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