Something for the Trump apologists and cultists to read and hopeful UNDERSTAND. Although it is becoming ever more doubtful whether understanding anything rational is even possible for the Trump apologists/cultists.
President Trump has called the commencement of an impeachment inquiry a “coup.” This sentiment has been echoed—actually, it was road-tested for Trump—by some of his more loyal apologists. This line of argument is as foolish as it is irresponsible.
The constitutionally-defined process of impeachment and a “coup” have one thing in common: They are attempts to replace a sitting president. All similarity ends there.
A “coup” is not a gauzy, ill-defined term, like “beauty” or “perfect.” It has a very specific meaning pertaining to government. A coup—short for coup d’état, literally “a blow of state”—is a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power, usually performed by the military, though sometimes carried out by armed forces outside of the government’s chain of command.
Here is one thing the leaders of coups do not do: Give the sitting president a heads up during a nationally televised press conference, which is what Speaker Nancy Pelosi has done.
Here is a second thing the leaders of coups do not do: Give the president’s party a voting stake in the question of whether or not the president shall be forced to step down.
Here is a third thing the leaders of coups do not do: Agree beforehand to allow the president to remain in office if he satisfies pre-arranged conditions transparently laid out in a 230-year-old document.
We could keep going on and on. And on. But you get the point.
There is no universe—none—in which impeachment could reasonably be construed as a “coup.”
In the trumpian alternative universe any and everything Trump utters from his gaping maw is considered absolute truth by both Trump and his apologists/cultists.
They are all wrong. Egregiously so.