by Yvette Carnell
It’s only so long that you can call an elected official a traitor before uttering the word impeachment. That’s the evolution that we are watching in real time with the attempt by Democrats to cast President Elect Donald Trump as illegitimate. First Congressman John Lewis said he wouldn’t be attending Trump’s inauguration due to his belief that the president elect is illegitimate.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News.
Lewis also told NBC that he would skip Trump’s swearing in on Friday.
“It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” he continued. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”
As it turns out, Lewis was wrong about this being the first inauguration he’d missed. Lewis acknowledged skipping George W. Bush’s inauguration after Trump called him out on Twitter. Lewis spokesperson Brenda Jones responded in a statement:
Black Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Out Here Calling Trump Illegitimate. Here’s Why.
“His absence at that time was also a form of dissent,” Jones said. “He did not believe the outcome of that election, including the controversies around the results in Florida and the unprecedented intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected a free, fair and open democratic process.”
Now Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is joining the increasing chorus of Black lawmakers who are making the dangerously consequential charge that Trump might not be a legitimate president.
Watch the clip below:
WATERS: Well, here’s what I’m trying to get to. If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones who came up with ‘Crooked Hillary,’ if they are the ones who came up with ‘she’s ill,’ ‘something’s wrong with her energy,’ and the way that he basically described her in the campaign, I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.
MATTHEWS: So you think you could have an impeachable offense before you take office.
WATERS: Well I think at the point that investigations discover and can confirm and document any of that that they had a role in helping to strategize, they had a role in attempting to determine the outcome that in many ways that they used the information that they got from DNC when they hacked into our e-mails, et cetera, if that was used against Hillary Clinton in some ways, yes, I think that’s impeachable.
Discussing impeachment of any president is a dangerous affair, especially when even our intelligence agencies admit that there is no smoking gun here:
And there are also a lot of moving parts as well:
We should also ask whether Blacks want to be the ones who lead the charge against Trump. During the campaign, Trump directed most of his criticism to Muslims and Latinos, so why are Black lawmakers shouldering the burden of delegitimizing this incoming president?
Blacks comprise 26 percent of food stamp recipients, but we’re only 13 percent of the population. We have nearly no land and no cash reserves. This is the economic consequence of being the descendants of slaves, but it places us in a perilous situation nonetheless. If this attempt to render Trump illegitimate goes off the rails, which it could, we’re not prepared to bear the brunt of it. So Black lawmakers should put their constituents first and focus on them and their needs, not the desires of their Democratic paymasters.
Blacks do not stand to gain anything by antagonizing an incoming president. We should organize against Trump where his interests conflict with our own, such as reducing the federal workforce, and support him on issues where we benefit, such as ending TPP. A coup d’etat is not on any black agenda that I’ve ever seen.