WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Congress are having secret meetings about removing president Donald Trump from office, says a report published on Friday by The New Yorker magazine.
According to the piece, Washington bigwigs are not pleased with the president’s “difficult first 100 days,” and are in discussion on how they can go about taking the president down.
“Nobody occupies the White House without criticism, but Trump is besieged by doubts of a different order, centering on the overt, specific, and, at times, bipartisan discussion of whether he will be engulfed by any one of myriad problems before he has completed even one term in office—and, if he is, how he might be removed,” wrote New Yorker columnist, Evan Osnos (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/08/how-trump-could-get-fired).
“By this point in George W. Bush’s term, Bush had travelled to twenty-three states and a foreign country. Trump has visited just nine states and has never stayed the night,” Osnos writes. “He inhabits a closed world that one adviser recently described to me as “Fortress Trump.” Rarely venturing beyond the White House and Mar-a-Lago, he measures his fortunes through reports from friends, staff, and a feast of television coverage of himself. Media is Trump’s “drug of choice,” Sam Nunberg, an adviser on his campaign, told me recently. “He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t do drugs. His drug is himself.”
Osnos claims he has “interviewed several dozen people about the prospects of cutting short Trump’s Presidency,” including “his friends and advisers; to lawmakers and attorneys who have conducted impeachments; to physicians and historians; and to current members of the Senate, the House, and the intelligence services.”
“After Republicans abandoned their first effort to enact health-care reform, and courts blocked two executive orders designed to curb immigration from predominantly Muslim countries, he was determined to dispel any sense that his Administration had been weakened,” says Osnos, who claims that when, not if, Trump is impeached is only a matter of time.
‘When members of Congress returned to their home districts in March, outrage erupted at town-hall meetings,” claims Osnos, “where constituents jeered Republican officials, chanting “Do your job!” and “Push back!” The former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who is now a Republican congressman, told me that he’d held eight town halls in his district. Trump won South Carolina by nearly fifteen points, so Sanford was surprised to hear people calling for him to be impeached. “I’d never heard that before in different public interactions with people in the wake of a new President being elected,” he told me. “Even when you heard it with the Tea Party crowd, with Obama, it was later in the game. It didn’t start out right away.”
Sadly, it appears that the president is unaware of the vultures circling overhead as he is used to being the man in control.
“It’s not clear how fully Trump apprehends the threats to his Presidency,’ says Osnos. “Unlike previous Republican Administrations, Fortress Trump contains no party elder with the stature to check the President’s decisions. “There is no one around him who has the ability to restrain any of his impulses, on any issue ever, for any reason,” Steve Schmidt, a veteran Republican consultant, said, adding, “Where is the ‘What the fuck’ chorus?”
“The power of impeachment is a “promising tool for curtailing a defective Presidency”, says Osnos. “This is a conversation that people are having around the dinner table, it’s one people have at the office, members of Congress are talking about it in private and the question is very simple: is this a president who is able to do the job and is able to go the distance,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Last Word (http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/-how-donald-trump-could-get-fired-the-25th-amendment-935111235525).
Calls for comment to the White House have not yet been returned.