Read around social media for even a short time, particularly in Rhode Island, and you’ll come across a Never Trumper making some sort of claim that he must be impeached so future presidents don’t get the impression that they can do whatever they want. Put aside that President Trump is, if anything, an improvement in this regard from his predecessor.
If folks are truly concerned about tyranny as the child of our political moment, statements like this ought to set off alarm sirens:
The translation is that these things cannot be decided at the ballot box “for we cannot be sure that the vote will be won by us.” With even Never Trump Republicans (or former Republicans) saying they don’t care who the Democrats nominate so long as they get rid of President Trump, the mission is clear. Nothing matters to them but making sure the outcome they want is the outcome the United States gets.
If Mr. Schiff is concerned about the integrity of our elections, then that’s where his attention should be focused. As it is, he’s being either recklessly ignorant or horrifically welcoming of an obvious consequence of his self-proclaimed mandate: Namely, if differences like this are not decided at the ballot box, sooner or later, they will be decided in the streets, with blood.
Avoiding that outcome is the basic underlying principle of our republic.