Axios is reporting that President Trump has been going to surprising lengths to show a sunny disposition towards the prospect of his increasingly likely impeachment, apparently trying to spin it as a positive that he could use to energize his re-election campaign.
“He has repeated to folks that, if the Democrats impeach him, it would be a victory, politically, because it would be a complete overreach and he could exploit it and run against it in 2020” remarks Axios, which was quick to make clear that “this president is not interested in being an impeached president. His ego would not tolerate such a thing.”
Considering his poor approval ratings (the latest aggregate puts him at 38%) and the thin margin with which he won the first election, it’s unclear who would really be upset by the “overreach” beyond the 30% or so of the country which is going to support him no matter what he says or does.
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Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight projects that there’s a five out of six chance that Democrats retake the House and a one in three chance they retake the Senate. It remains to be seen whether or not the Democrats would be willing to risk a potential failed impeachment if they fail to retake the Senate, and that still doesn’t address the danger that a Republican administration led by Mike Pence, one that isn’t constantly tripping over its own lazy incompetence, might pose to the future of this nation.
But it certainly is interesting that Donald Trump is beginning to come to terms with the prospect of his forcible removal from office as the end of the Mueller investigation looms ominously overhead. We dearly hope that the President’s’ theory is soon put to the test.
Original reporting by Jonathan Swan and Alexi McCammond at Axios.