‏Can American democracy survive a second Trump term?

 

Nesma seif writes

President Trump is finally on the verge of being impeached — a fate he has richly deserved since he fired James B. Comey as FBI director on May 9, 2017, to stop the investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia. So why am I so depressed and worried?

In part because there is no chance of Trump being convicted. Tim Alberta of Politico calculates that, at best, only five Senate Republicans might vote to remove him despite ironclad evidence of guilt. Having survived impeachment, Trump could win reelection. He is almost certain to lose the popular vote, probably by a bigger margin than in 2016, but he could squeeze out another electoral college victory.

That’s especially true if Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee — and Michael Bloomberg makes that more likely if he splits the moderate vote. A recent New York Times-Siena College poll shows Warren trailing Trump among likely voters in five of six swing states. As Republican consultant Steve Schmidt says, “In America a sociopath will beat a socialist seven days a week and twice on Sunday.”

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