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What It Would Take to Impeach President Trump

My new Bloomberg View column concerns some truths about impeachment that its supporters don’t want to hear — and some that its opponents don’t.

Rush Limbaugh says we are witnessing “a silent coup.” The radio host has sometimes been accused of rhetorical excess, but his claim is based on a demonstrable truth.

Many of President Donald Trump’s critics would indeed like “to get rid of him,” as Limbaugh says. A large majority of Democratic voters wants impeachment – wanted it, in fact, well before the revelation that senior Trump campaign personnel decided to “take a meeting” after being promised Russian support in taking down Hillary Clinton.

Limbaugh even understates the case. He says that “nobody is actually expressing this desire verbally.” He should read the liberals in my Twitter feed. Or listen to the two Democratic congressmen who this week filed an article of impeachment. Representative Maxine Waters of California has also called for impeachment. . . 

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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