Impeachment needs support of GOP Senate | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I was delighted to see that the Bainbridge Island City Council abandoned their plan to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump.

While I agree that Trump should not be president, the issue is how best to achieve that goal.

Impeachment will not succeed in doing that because the Republican-controlled Senate will not come close to convicting Trump if he is impeached by the House. So eliminating the Trump presidency, if at all, will only come in the election of 2020. The real question is, “Will impeachment by the House help, or hurt, the chance of defeating Trump in 2020?”

The answer to this question is debatable, and that is the debate the Democrats should be having. When Bill Clinton was impeached, his polls went up and the Republicans lost the House in the following midterm election. Impeachment just rallies the base of the president being impeached.

So I suggest that impeaching Trump will be counterproductive to defeating him in 2020, and should not be attempted no matter how much the members of the House think it is their “duty” to do so. No such “duty” is worth exercising if it only serves to prevent the end the duty seeks to achieve. I reluctantly have to argue that there should be no impeachment, no matter how much I, or anyone else, dislikes the Trump presidency, believes it is immoral, bigoted and plutocratic, or just wants to get rid of Trump.

The House should investigate Trump all it wishes, but unless it can come up with evidence of other crimes enough to convince 20 Republican senators to agree to convict Trump, impeachment is simply the wrong thing to do.

FRANC FISCHER

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Wildlife corridor should be protected | Letter to the editor

To the editor: The city has voted on the Suzuki development plan… Continue reading

Medina has been a leader on the council | Letter to the editor

To the editor: We have an important reelection decision on the council… Continue reading

Pollock is advocate on environmental issues | Letter to the editor

To the editor: It’s another city council election, and again we are… Continue reading

President has a very fragile ego to protect | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Trump made sure everyone knew that he was donating… Continue reading

Zoning allows more commercial building | Letter to the editor

In response Zoning allows more commercial building To the editor: Melissa Carlson’s… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer deserves our thanks | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Thanks for printing Rep. Kilmer’s town hall schedule, fulfilling… Continue reading

Texting while driving is dangerous, deadly | Letter to the editor

To the editor: My name is Andrew James, I’m 13 and going… Continue reading

Enjoying the fresh airing of opinions | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Up in British Columbia for a wedding anniversary get-away… Continue reading

Let justice be done, starting in the House | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I am writing to publicly thank Representative Derek Kilmer… Continue reading

Many reasons for opposition to hotel | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Regarding the proposed land use for the 80-plus-room hotel… Continue reading

Medicare for All is politically popular | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Medicare for All is overdue. While the current political… Continue reading

Plea for H-E-L-P from the Tweeter-in-Chief | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Like many others, when I first heard the tweet… Continue reading