One of the most unlikely scenarios to ever unfold in American politics was Donald Trump winning the presidency.
Sure, his diehard fans may have had unwavering confidence, but just about every poll in America said otherwise, summing up the opinion of many average citizens (and hopeful Democrats) across the land.
Except for American University professor Allan Lichtman, who accurately predicted the real estate mogul would take the White House.
Now Lichtman is back with a new prediction, and Trump fans are not going to be happy.
According to The Daily Wire, American University professor Allan Lichtman received a personal note last year from Donald Trump for accurately predicting that the business mogul and former reality TV star would win the presidency over “inevitable” Hillary Clinton. “Professor – Congrats – good call,'” wrote Trump. But Lichtman probably won’t be getting another congratulatory note for his follow-up prophecy, which he says Trump is conveniently ignoring: We’ll soon be saying “President Mike Pence” because Trump will be impeached.
Politico, who obviously loves the professor’s full prophetic utterance, got a chance to look at an advance copy of Lichtman’s upcoming book, The Case for Impeachment, which details all the reasons for Trump’s impending impeachment. Politico underscores that Lichtman is “no Trump fan,” going so far as heading one section of his book, “Trump’s policies and appointments pose an existential threat to humanity.” The professor apparently really hates Trump’s anti-climate change hysteria policies.
A couple of excerpts from Politico’s summary:
The book, rushed to the presses after the election, provides a brief history of the thinking that led the Framers to include impeachment, and the behavior that led presidents to get impeached – counting Richard Nixon along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton (the two presidents who didn’t resign before the Articles of Impeachment were read in the House), Lichtman points out that one out of every 14 presidents has been impeached: “gamblers have become rich betting on longer odds than that.”
With a heavy hmm, he cites Johnson’s obituary in The New York Times, which said the 17th president’s fatal flaw was “he was always headstrong, ‘sure he was right’ even in his errors.”
Lichtman’s list of possible offenses that could get Trump to that point are familiar: charges of treason with Russia, abuse of power and emoluments violations. Lichtman also cites now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator, who argued that a president could be impeached for offenses committed before he took office. Among those potential offenses, Lichtman lists Trump’s housing violations, charity problems, potential violations of the Cuba embargo and Trump University.
It’s all part of a brief – designed to be damning – tour through Trump’s history. It includes section headings like “Trump Towers Become Vacant Lots” and “Lying His Way to the Presidency.” It eventually leads Lichtman to the conclusion that Trump might serve himself up for impeachment: “Trump’s disregard for lying in sworn testimony, examined in the context of the Bill Clinton precedent, shows how Trump’s opponents could set an impeachment trap for him through a civil lawsuit.”
Lichtman also went on to drop the hammer on Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, stating the president needs to kick the man to the curb.
Which, as it turns out, due to internal strife and all sorts of other problems, Bannon’s future in the Trump administration may well be on life support.
Unless President Trump does something incredibly egregious and illegal, it’s doubtful the man will be impeached and removed from office, so it looks like Lichtman’s prophetic abilities have all but disappeared.
At least when it comes to this topic.
If we couldn’t get rid of Obama, and that man actually did many, MANY things worthy of impeachment, there’s little to no chance a government owned by the GOP will oust Trump. It would have to be for something truly and utterly despicable, heinous, and other adjectives.
Lichtman might want to start working on developing a taste for crow, because if he fails here, he’s going to be eating a lot of it.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]