President Donald Trump continues to provide Congress grounds for beginning the impeachment process. A recent offense came in Trump’s typically spiteful reaction to the collapse of the Trumpcare bill in the Senate. Trump vowed, “We’re not going to own it. … We’ll let Obamacare fail.”
He sees himself running a company that has inherited a subsidiary he wants to get rid of. The obvious move: run it into the ground and declare bankruptcy. The problem is that the United States is not a company; it’s a country with a Constitution.
In January, Trump took a solemn oath to “faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States” in accordance with the Constitution. Article II, Section 3 states that among the duties of the president, “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is a law of the land. It is the sworn duty of the president to ensure that that law operates as Congress intended.
Failure was the last thing the Democratic majority had in mind in enacting the ACA. In defiantly pledging to sabotage it, Trump is supplying another article of impeachment — if the Congress can muster the integrity to carry out its obligations to the Constitution.
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Robert Emmett Curran