Krauthammer: Removing Trump From Office Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake


Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson and Charles Krauthammer respond to President Trump's West Virginia rally.

KRAUTHAMMER: Here's a guy, his numbers are down in the 30s, he's got reports of a grand jury, he's got the walls closing in on him in Washington. He goes out into the country and says, these are my people, these are real people, forget about the numbers, forget about the chatter in Washington, forget about the stories about Russia... But [Trump] represents a huge constituency of tremendous support and enthusiasm.

Admittedly, this is one state where he won his biggest victory of all, but there are other states. His address was to the Midwest, the place where he won the election.

He wasn't so specific on policy, but he said: "I'm bringing you guys back! I'm the only one who listened, you were abandoned."

That's his appeal, that is how he won the election. He's reminding the elites that that appeal is still there.

Tucker Carlson asks Krauthammer about the possibility that Trump could be removed from office, wondering: "If that were to happen, some of these voters might conclude they're not really allowed to pick their own president?"

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: That is why I worry we are headed into dangerous and choppy Constitutional waters. We know what the Democrats want to do; get control of the House and on day one start impeachment.

I happen to think; as you know I opposed the Trump candidacy. I don't think he is very well fit for the presidency. But fitness is not a reason for impeachment, and removal. High crimes are. Here we have a prosecutor looking for high crimes. With Watergate you started with a crime and tried to find out how it happened. Here they are looking for a crime... as of yet I haven't heard of one. Collusion is unseemly but it isn't a crime.

So you've got a political establishment, mostly Democratic, but there are some Republicans, who would like to see him taken out of office. That would be a catastrophic mistake. It would cause a rupture in the country, where people would say: 'When we people, the ones who have been 'abandoned' elect sombody we like, our guy gets taken out. What happened, I thought we had a stable democracy?'

Again, I think he is unfit, but that is the grounds for removal.

TUCKER CARLSON: That would tell people we have a fake democracy -- it is not real.

KRAUTHAMMER: If you think a man is unfit, you vote against him, you don't remove him from office. And that is where I am afraid we are headed... There will be another election, there always is. I think this appearance he did in West Virginia tonight is a way of saying: My numbers may be down, but I command a formidable army.

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