President Trump has caused more lasting damage than the surreptitious actions of former President Richard Nixon, but an impeachment inquiry would be futile, argues Post columnist George F. Will. Read more: wapo.st/2otdOt0. Subscribe to The Washington Post on TR-me: wapo.st/2QOdcqK
8 gün önce
Impeachment is one part of the nations immune system. Impeach him. If that fail throw him out of office. I think Trump has zero chance of being reelected in 2020 short of fraud.
10 gün önce
Trump's personality flaws described in the comments below are irrelevant. His vulgarity, boastfulness, narcissism, and whatever else do not affect our lives; it's his policy that has effects. He ran on renegotiating bad trade deals, giving companies incentives to remain in the U.S., getting us out of regime change wars, and curbing the flow of cheap labor from south of the border. If you have no skin in the game then you are lucky. Building work down here is dominated by illegals who not only work cheaper, they work without Workman's Comp Insurance. Nice people, but they have essentially shut down the construction labor market for Americans in this area. For the first time in a long while, the president represents the hourly paid working American. We compose the majority, so why not let us have a say too.
11 gün önce
Nothing can be done until trump and the republican mafia are taken down...that sir is obvious I am not certin we can survive until 2020. Each day more horrendous actions are brought to light
13 gün önce
Totally ignoring the fact that the election in 2020 will be determined by the Electoral College, not people. ABOLISH IT! We're deluding ourselves if we think that voting for a democrat will somehow solve all our problems.
19 gün önce
So compliance with the sworn oath to uphold and protect the constitution, is conditional depending on whether democrat lawmakers reckon the numbers will carry through? Sorry man, but that would be an unacceptable cynical breach of moral, ethical sacred duty owed. Your assessment is typical morally bankrupt, transactional Republican arrogance, in response to what the people are unconditionally owed.
21 gün önce
George Will is a hack, a stone cold loser and he can burn in hell.
21 gün önce
I find it interesting how American's hated politicians until Trump got into office, now they want their crooks back.
23 gün önce
The only damage Trump has done Mr. Will ,is to the integrity of you neocons , many more than just yourself, who have been exposed as having really messed up this country for years. Also, no one wants to listen to you any more except for those here, particularly in fake news, who use you and apparently you don't have the scruples to care anyway. And you would sit there for years w Peggy Noonan, like two well trained little puppy dogs, never disagreeing w Donna Shalayla or hack Steffi Stephanoupolis.
23 gün önce
Who exactly appointed George Will the spokesperson for Republicans or Conservatives... ? 60,000,000 people apparently disagreed with your opinion along with 306 Electors. You don’t like President Trump because you think he has bad manners? Because he contributes to public discourse ? For all the comments on this entire thread, someone name an actual crime for me please? Not one you believe happened but one you can prove like our constitution REQUIRES. He proved you all wrong when you said he “would never get elected” maybe you’re all pissed because he made you look like idiots. You all should grow up, take your lumps and move on with your lives... 2020 will be here soon enough. Express your displeasure at the ballot box. Please let me know where I can forward some boxes of tissues... you must be running out after 3 years of crying
10 gün önce
I admire George and listen to him....IMPEACH the orange clown before he does something REALLY STUPID!!!!
23 gün önce
I wonder if George STILL feels this way today. I know I don't...
26 gün önce
PRESIDENT OBAMA CAUSED MORE DAMAGE ... HE FAILED IN JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING HE DID ... THE THINGS HE DIDNT FAIL AT WERE UNCONSTITUTIONAL ... OBAMA THE LEADER IN WEAPONIZATION OF THE GOVERNMENT AGAINST POLITICAL OPPONENTS ...SURVEILANCE OF PRESS AND POLITICAL OPPONENTS ... WITH A COMPLICIT MEDIA PROPAGANDA ARM BACKING HIM UP OR IGNORING THE FACTS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY ...MAY YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW...
28 gün önce
First time I've watched political commentary with weird musical score. WTF.
I don’t need google translate to understand what he’s saying
Potus is from NY ,and A viscous business world we elected him .
So here is the thing - NORMALLY people don't pay attention to every needy greedy thing that goes on in Washington. However after 2016 election of incompetent and unable to do his job president, the entire country took the burden of governance on it's shoulders. Since regular people don't have the same power and authority a president has, they govern with what they have - protests, constant worry, constant outrage, etc. So to remedy this situation the impeachment is in order and a new election of somebody COMPETENT
Trump has still done less damage than Dubya, a president Will nearly whole-heartedly supported, especially when it mattered in his foreign policy circa 2002-2005.
Thank God for George Will... from one low-voltage Atheist to another.
Except Trump is threatening the very core of democracy like a third term, civil war and openly inviting and encouraging foreign nations to interfere in the election. You can’t use an election to fix things when its rigged from the beginning
great video! bookmarked if my christian friend comes around and is more open to hearing my side of things ill have to share it with her.
i agree that having a legitimate election in 2020 is the best solution to trump's lawlessness. but the problem is, george, that trump will do anything in his power to interfere with that election process. the day after the mueller testimony, trump is asking the ukraine for foreign interference to do just that. i agree that although impeachment and removal will be impossible to get through the senate. impeachment seems to be the only way to hold trump accountable. the dems need to keep the pressure on, trump will self implode.
Although I respect Mr. Will's opinion, this is no time to be moderate. An evil man can do a lot of damage in the time remaining. This situation calls for swift action. President Trump has created a clear and present danger to the people of the world.
Lucky Man Indeed
Nonsense. If he gets away with this continual disregard for our Constitution and our laws then so too will others in the future. We cannot, not impeach for the failure to adhere to the principles set forth in the Constitution to my mind will signal a rejection of those tenets and we are then a very much different, much worse country.
George, you left your credibility at the Jockey Club with Nancy Reagan. Implore Jeff Bezos to give you a slot with Tom Boswell on the Sports Page, where the game restores some of your integrity. The whole point of impeachment is to get 63 Republican Senators to declare for history just where they stand on constitutional processes and democratic norms. Speaker Pelosi doesn't expect to remove Donny Duckass: she is leaving it to either the cabinet to exercise the 25 Amendment (in the face of the increasingly criminal pathology reflected in the accommodation to Erdogan's desire for genocide) or to the voters to send him to jail in 2020. Trump is merely compounding the cost to the Republic of 38 years of Republican mismanagement and constitutional sabotage you helped engineer. If either Carter or Bush the Elder had been re-elected, there would be a NASA-Soyuz base on the moon. That's the cost of 38 years of the reactionary and systematically venal Reagan agenda to not just America, but to the world. Trump is merely the end game in the era and the cost of impeachment is only outstripped by the failure to conduct it. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the only difference between you and Giuliani is that Rudy has the memo but he is still looking for a messenger to shoot..
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George is a true Republican. Those who support and/or fear the President, are not Republicans. I don't know what they are.
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@julie jones - I highly recommend that you research the identification of logical fallacies, learn how to effectively check your sources of information, collect your information from many different sources and read many more non-fiction books.
George is a Rino and history will judge him. He supports people who are trying to unseat a president by way of a coup. He is a contributor to MSNBC which fakes stories and suppresses truth. I may be a deplorable in yours and Wills' eyes but not in God's eyes. KAG 2020.
Katherine below has eloquently stated the issue. Without impeachment, America is done and Putin wins.
Poor white christians are experts at denying facts and strong believers of nonsense. Supporting Trump is not a challenge for them
Move impeachment to an independent judiciary. Not a politically selected one. And do it quickly.
Your job as a journalist is to report the 100 plus bills the democratic congress has passed since gaining power in the house.
We cannot negotiate the the terms for amortizing this debt. Therefore, I argue that it must necessarily be preferable to pay the cost now. Otherwise, our own creditworthiness will suffer.
tug their forelocks?
Dems must have some real dirt on George.
Interesting point of view.
Waiting until the next election just gives our corrupt president more time to collude with foreign powers to interfere again.
I think in some ways the irony of Trump shouting his loud mouth off is that he's making himself a kitchen table issue. I like George Will-one of a handful of principled Republicans, but hes wrong because to allow this to continue is to allow the election process to be infected and also to implicitly condone that election interference.
a bit simple minded in the end by calling 2016 "a bad election," we were attacked by Russia and it worked. Impeachment is not futile.
History has a way of judging inaction rather harshly.
You're very soft friend. It's been very dirty play since about 4 years, and it's very likely that the election system will be abused again.
This view is so shortsighted.
Keeping Trump around is a higher price to pay.
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Mr Will, I have my annual medical check up coming up in a month, but right now I am sensing acute palpitations in my heart. I suppose, since I have medicals planned a month hence, I should just ignore the palpitations and carry on washing my car and raising my children, right?
On this one I strongly disagree with you George Will: Trump and his Administration with the help of the elected GOP officials is shredding the achievements of our people that took more than several hundred years to bring to fruition.
George F Will is really knowledgeable, so I hesitate to disagree with him, but I think he's wrong on this one. Impeachment, in and of itself, is worthwhile. To paraphrase what a commentator said, impeachment is that old rusty revolver on the living room table that never gets used. You pray you never have to use it, but it's there. Usually, just picking up the gun is enough to send a criminal scampering away, but not all of them. The American people and future potentially criminal presidents have to be reminded that the gun is still there; and that it still packs a punch; and that someone is at the table who has the guts to pick it up and use it to defend their home and the people in it from even the most brazen of criminals. Aside from its value as a deterrent and reaffirming the comforting knowledge that moral cause-and-effect still exists, impeachment also gets the truth out about this corrupt president. Do you really think if we let President Trump and his bottomless capacity to lie go unhindered by backing off on impeachment, the 2020 election will go off without a hitch? President Trump will almost certainly falsely claim a failure to impeach as exoneration, which makes a Trump victory (and more of the lies, corruption, incompetence, etc that we've witnessed the past 2+ years) more likely. If he loses the election, he'll almost certainly claim the election results are fraudulent. An impeachment will provide very important context for what will almost certainly be baseless claims of a fraudulent election. It will reveal President Trump's true motives and probably blunt any calls to violence (I don't put it past President Trump to do this). Impeachment will also provide context for the president's policies, especially if the House of Representatives uncovers yet more instances of him using the presidency for his personal benefit. The American people need to see President Trump for who and what he really is; and they have to see that it's not futile to stand up to him. Regardless as to what the Senate does (many people of all political stripes already know that most Senate Republicans are gutless when it comes to President Trump), impeachment accomplishes this. Finally, it's not entirely certain that the Senate won't remove President Trump from office. Recent polling indicates 51% of American voters are in favor of impeaching AND REMOVING President Trump from office. If this trend continues, maybe Republicans will find their courage again. I'm not counting on it, but I think ruling out President Trump's removal out-of-hand is a mistake.
Mr Will, Socialism is what happens when conservatives become less pragmatic. Go home, make a chart of US income disparity and plot the downward trajectory of the working class. There you will see, on your graph, the point where revolution becomes a virtual reality. Simply said people need enough to eat. Conservatism would not allow that coming revolution to happen, ergo you are not a conservative. You are actually the enabler - planting the seeds of socialism.
"There's an old line the wise folks in Washington have that 'it's not the crime, it's the cover-up'. But only fools believe that. It's always about the crime. The whole point of the cover-up is that a full revelation of the underlying crime is not survivable." ~ Josh Marshall
Tan suit??? LMAO 🤣
Idk...it would seem a relief to have this particular tumor excised.
TRUMP 2020 - nothing can stop him!
We can't afford not to remove a growing cancer.I believe he has finally gone too far even for republicans who don't want blood on their hands.(too late)
OMG! You all have blood on your hands now! Time good americans finally make the sacrifice, flood the streets, & STAY THERE until they FORCE the GOP to put country 1st! Pressure works! Time to stop daily routine & waiting for someone else to fix this horror! This stain MUST be REMOVED FROM OFFICE asap! ENOUGH!
Tell that to the Kurds.
Afford to get him out? LMAO. What we couldn't afford, was electing him. It had cost the country what will take years to get back. There is nothing to lose getting him out and everything to gain when he is out. Just get him out before we lose even more.
Good point Mr. Will, but I think it is an urgent moment in the history of this country, to make the forgotten powers of one of the three Branches of the United States Government, that is the House of Congress be felt again in full strength, and I mean in full, with the power of Sergeant of Arms, and even the possibility the mobilization of the National Guard to back up the Sergeant of Arms. Trump honestly thinks in his enormous political ignorance that the Executive Branch is the most important of the three Branches and should solely rule the country under the President. He has become a despotic Monarch, and there is no room in America for Monarchs. There is also the danger of foreign interference again in the 20/20 elections, and we cannot afford having this man in power for four more years!!!!
A lesson to you, Congress can mobilize the National Guard in case of an emergency.....National Guard units can be mobilized for federal active duty to supplement regular armed forces during times of war or national emergency declared by Congress, the President or the Secretary of Defense.
26 gün önce
The National Guard? A short lesson in Constitutional law: the President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, *including* the National Guard.
26 gün önce
Absurd. It's a requirement and an imperative to impeach. What Trump has done and is doing are exactly what the framers defined as impeachable. If Democrats don't impeach they will look as craven as the Republicans.
Piss off George. Guess you prefer sweet talkers that stick a knife in your back.
performing your constitutional duties and upholding your oath of office is NOT, and NEVER will be "futile" - G.F. Will is so narrowly thinking of impeachment as a "democratic" issue whereas it is a national protection afforded to us by the very constitution that has come under attack daily under the Trump administration. This is NOT a distraction. The relentless braking of rules, practices and ethics is all part of the impeachment. The complicit DOJ, et al. Not, this is not futile. Think outside of politics for once, and even then, forcing the republican senators to go on record with a vote is an excellent record for 2020. They are being challenged from within more and more with each passing day.
Why should House or Senate Democrats be concerning themselves with policies or bills when none of that is going to pass anyway? Anyone who is not being fed a faux news and Breitbart etc. media diet should well know by now that Republicans are killing any chance of legislation that is helpful to regular people. The Democrat primary contenders can run all over the country talking policy right now. Trump is trying right now to destroy the systems in place that keep America from being a full oligarcy ( we are 3/4 of the way there..) or true fascist state. He needs to go. Republicans need to be put on record about where they stand. The longer Trump has their silence, the longer the 30% or so of Trump's base believes that somehow it all could just be political boo hoo-ing or a conspiracy by the media and Democrats. Whatever the Republicans choose to do now is going to cost them. That does not mean that Dems can't screw this up. The longer the Republicans fence sit, the better it is for them. That is why it's what they are doing now.
So, do we suspend the Constitution because there are currently not enough GOP senators to support removal? Wouldn't that would mean Senators are expected to have an opinion before hearing evidence from the House? Trials aren't supposed to work that way.
George Will's benefits arguments are legitimate, but I don't buy the quickly stated justification that impeachment is a cost we can ill afford to pay. He states it would be a distraction - that Congress should be focusing on other topics of government such as healthcare etc. But then why did the Founding Fathers design the Consitution with Impeachment as a key element for checks and balances? It is a critical, urgent, high-priority duty of Congress to check the President. George Will's next argument is that most Americans are pre-occupied with their daily lives, and so by implication that if they're not paying attention, Congress should look the other way too. That makes no sense to me: in a representative democracy, we pay these people (literally) to do their job in government precisely so that we can get on with our daily lives; furthermore, George may have missed the recent polls that show that the majority of The People believe that Trump should be impeached and even removed from office. George's final argument is that impeachment should not occur because it is futile - that it would not result in an actual removal from office - implicitly because of a pre-judgement by Senate Republicans. What would the Founding Father's have said to that? A straw poll of likely Senate votes to determine whether Impeachment proceedings should even be initiated by the House? Not really necessary to force those Senate Republicans to take a clear stand (one of George's arguments in favor)? No confidence that representative democracy can represent the will of The People (remember those polls in favor of impeaching and removing, at a much higher rate than for any prior historical precedent)? Overall George Will has always seemed like a reasonable guy. His "thinking out loud" like this offers a truly interesting insight into the question so many of us have nowadays: "What are these people thinking???" Ultimately, he reminds me of someone who suspects and even knows that their spouse is cheating on them, but doesn't want to admit it fully to themselves, wants to wish it away, who rationalizes that it wouldn't lead to divorce anyway, that surely the bad behavior will go away, that the focus should be on the jobs and kids, who says to him/herself "confronting her/him is a cost we can ill afford to pay!" Let's use that old Dear Abby question: "Are we better off with him or without him?" Come on now, all you conservative Republicans, you know the answer to that as well as the rest of us. You just don't know how to get the job done. Your real fear is that in the process there may be a temporary loss of power for your conservative Party. Trust in democracy! Trust in the Constitution! Be an American first, and a Republican second!