January 2, 2020


That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works. The Chief Justice has no such power — the Senate has the sole power to try impeachments, the Chief just presides — and its exercise would delegitimize the whole affair. Were the Chief to “recuse” — I suppose Tribe really means “disqualify” — Trump supporters for bias, he’d set the stage for Trump ignoring the whole thing as illegitimate, and Trump would have a strong basis for doing so. Tribe used to have more sense, but he’s lost it.

It’s not Trump who’s the threat to norms and democracy.

Related: The Fundamental Legitimacy of Donald Trump: The democracy-is-doomed crowd was wrong. Trump’s tyranny has never materialized.

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