Constitutional Vanguard: The Constitution Doesn’t Mean a Damned Thing to the So-Called “Constitutionalists”
My latest Substack newsletter is out, and it addresses a very simple concept: you don’t get to call yourself a “constitutionalist” if you always read the Constitution in a way that is politically convenient for you. With the impeachment trial set to start next week, it does a deep dive into the arguments that the impeachment is unconstitutional because Trump is out of office. Here’s a sample:
“OK,” I can hear you say, “but doesn’t the person being impeached have to be in office at the time of conviction?” No, and any other result would create an absurd result that the Framers could not have intended: that an officeholder could simply avoid future disqualification by resigning moments before the vote to convict is held. Under this view, an impeached president whose conviction was imminent and certain could simply burst in through the wall of the Senate chamber, like the Kool-Aid Man, minutes before the vote of conviction, only instead of yelling “OH YEAHHH!” the president would yell “I RESIGN! OH YEAHHH!” And unlike Michael Scott “declaring” bankruptcy by yelling “I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY!” at the workers in his office, the president’s resignation probably could take effect that quickly. I don’t think the Founders meant to allow a president to escape disqualification so easily.
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