The first six words of the tweet President Trump posted this morning formed the exact question on the tip of many people’s tongues these days — except Trump followed those words with a set of qualifying attributes so hilariously false that they represent a tragic self-delusion on the president’s part.
How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019
While we all can easily discover the constitutional mechanism for impeaching a president, Trump seems to seriously be bewildered over not “how” but “why” anyone would want to impeach someone with all of the accomplishments he lists, despite the fact that he hasn’t actually achieved any of the things for which he gives himself credit.
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Let’s parse his claims in detail.
To say that Trump is “a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time” would require the president to actually have received more votes than his opponent in said election — something that Trump did not do, having lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million to Hillary Clinton and only winning the presidency through the quirks of our antiquated electoral college system.
Being elected by a small 26% minority of the registered voters hardly qualifies anyone calling your victory “the greatest election of all time” unless you consider time as beginning in 2016.
Trump repeats his constant denial of guilt despite the multiple investigations of which he’s currently the subject and with sworn evidence of his having violated felony campaign finance laws as an unindicted co-conspirator.
He swears no collusion with Russia despite the infamous Trump Tower meeting and the indictment of multiple Russian agents by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
He laughably accuses the Democrats of colluding with Russia to hack their own emails on the basis of evidence that exists only in his own twisted mind.
The idea that he thinks he’s had “the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history” makes one wonder if he’s been living on the same planet as the rest of us.
With only a failed attempt at repealing Obamacare, a disastrous tax giveaway to his wealthy friends in the 1% at the expense of everyone else, and a current government shutdown as his major accomplishments, his assessment of his own performance is pathologically delusional and could only come from someone with a complete ignorance of American history and unbridled narcissism.
All in all, this is a textbook example of a standard Trump tweet: full of lies, self-aggrandizement, hubris, paranoia, and self-pity.
Meanwhile, let’s get back to the mechanics of Trump’s initial question: How do you impeach a president? This president in particular.
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