On his blog, Pat Buchanan estimates that Donald Trump won’t be going back to the White House, but that Trump’s power with GOP voters will prevent one of his enemies from taking the party’s nomination in 2024. Buchanan also trashes talk of impeaching the president or invoking the 25th Amendment with only two weeks to go in his term. Buchanan writes (abridged):
Today, there is absurd media talk of removing the president through impeachment or invocation of the 25th Amendment.
If the House votes impeachment, is the Senate going to hold a trial in 12 days to put Pence in the Oval Office? As for removing Trump through the 25th Amendment, this would require a declaration by Vice President Pence and half of the Cabinet that Trump is unfit to finish out a term that ends in two weeks. Not going to happen.
But undeniably, the events of Wednesday are going to split the Republican Party. And what does the future of that party now look like?
After Trump leaves the presidency, he will not be coming back. The opposition to him inside the GOP would prevent his nomination or would defect to prevent his reelection were he nominated again.
Yet, the size and strength of Trump’s movement is such that no Republican candidate he declares persona non grata could win the nomination and the presidency.
Trump’s supporters are today being smeared and castigated by the same media who lionized the BLM and antifa “peaceful protesters” who spent their summer rioting, looting, burning and pillaging Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Kenosha, Louisville and scores of other cities.
By Patrick J. Buchanan