If Congress doesn’t impeach Trump, his behavior will become “the new normal”

Democracy Now! Sep 25, 2019

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, following allegations that Trump solicited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s help in investigating his political rival, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden. “Presidents are often on the phone yelling at other leaders, trying to get what America wants, what the U.S. wants — that is not what is at stake here,” says John Nichols, political writer for The Nation. “What is at stake here is the question of whether Donald Trump got on the phone trying to get what he wanted.” Nichols argues the provisions of the U.S. constitution make impeachment not only possible — in this case, it’s necessary. “You cannot use the office to undermine or harm your political rivals. … If you don’t impeach in such a circumstance, you virtually assure that this becomes the new normal.”

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