You can’t impeach the power

By BRYAN DAVIS EDITOR,

It’s hard to say for sure whether President Donald Trump’s appearance in Tupelo last week had a major impact on Tuesday night’s gubernatorial vote, but it sure did not hurt.

Trump’s political opponents have launched a full-scale impeachment inquiry in the Congress, and even if they somehow successfully remove No. 45 from office, it will not diminish his power among his base one iota.

And this would not be the first time that a president has risen from impeachment to a power player in the post White House world of politics.

Bill Clinton underwent impeachment hearings himself in the late 1990s, and he was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives in December 1998, though the Senate did not vote to convict him a year later.

After leaving a presidential legacy clouded with multiple investigations, accusations, inuendo and the culminating impeachment, Clinton’s stock in the Democratic party only strengthened.

He demanded tens of thousands of dollars for speaking engagements, and he was often called upon to actively campaign for Democratic candidates, including former President Barack Obama and eventually his wife, Hillary.

Besides Hillary’s two crushing defeats in her own bids for the White House, the Clintons have amassed great political power in the 18 years since they left Washington D.C.

If Trump escapes impeachment without a conviction, the odds of him winning in 2020 are quite high.

Even if he is preemptively taken out of office or if he is defeated at the polls next November, don’t expect Trump to go away.

In fact, his power over his base may grow even greater after he leaves office, much like Clinton’s did. Imagine a world where all Donald Trump has to do is hold political rallies.

If last week’s boost for Governor-elect Tate Reeves is any indication of his ability to sway voters, Trump may be a thorn in the side of Democrats for years to come.

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