Throughout the months long impeachment proceedings against him, President Donald Trump and his allies repeatedly claimed that the Democrats had been looking for a reason to impeach him since even before he was elected.
Like other valid oversight efforts against him, Trump called deemed the proceedings a "hoax" and a "witch hunt."
Weeks after being acquitted by the Senate, it looks now like Trump is searching for a reason to impeach any Democrat who looks to make him a one term President—even if the Constitution doesn't allow for it.
Trump's latest targets were Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, both of whom ended their Presidential campaigns earlier this week to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in the race.
Watch Trump call for Buttigieg's and Klobuchar's impeachments at a recent North Carolina rally below.
President Trump: "You know [Buttigieg & Klobuchar] both supported Sleepy Joe. You know why? They made a deal! You k… https://t.co/xc6n4trHar— The Hill (@The Hill)1583253600.0
"Sounds like they made a deal, y'know? They both supported Sleepy Joe, you know why? They made a deal! You know why? Quid pro quo, that's why. Quid pro quo. Quid pro quo, they made a deal. Impeach them! They should be impeached. They should be impeached!"
Trump invoked the phrase "quid pro quo," alluding to his withholding of congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine on the condition that its President announce investigations into Biden and his son's business dealings—the move that got him impeached.
There's a lot to unpack here.
Unlike Trump's quid pro quo, Buttigieg and Klobuchar endorsed a candidate in their party's election and suspended their own campaigns. No taxpayer dollars were misallocated and no foreign relations were tarnished.
What's more, Klobuchar can't be impeached because she's a sitting United States Senator, and therefore cannot be impeached, only expelled with a two-thirds vote.
Buttigieg's impeachment is a nonstarter, because he is no longer mayor, but a private citizen.
People were bemused at the flaws in Trump's so-called logic.
It's as though "impeached" is a word he just learned, but really doesn't know the meaning. https://t.co/OIaXYVWBFF— Patricia Hansen (@Patricia Hansen)1583343537.0
What. https://t.co/Nsg3L9boMq— Church of Baseball ⚾ (@Church of Baseball ⚾)1583262636.0
His ignorance is astounding! https://t.co/z5WnrgTEkZ— Tanya (@Tanya)1583253980.0
I expect many aids have been driving to tears trying to explain to him what impeachment is and that, no, you can’t… https://t.co/hf6qrzExLR— Helena Handbasket (@Helena Handbasket)1583318356.0
It's impossible to overstate just how dumb this man is. https://t.co/jUyMKnzhPd— Michael Freeman (@Michael Freeman)1583253809.0
There are so many incorrect things in this statement, it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ll let @maddow take care… https://t.co/JcBML1BzCM— Lisa Clark MD (@Lisa Clark MD)1583325081.0
I’d like to renew my motion to require that all candidates for the office of President of the United States pass a… https://t.co/2tPORb8Tcy— Scott S. Semester (@Scott S. Semester)1583286676.0
As you may have predicted, his supporters didn't know or quite likely didn't care. They cheered their leader and booed his enemies and all sensibility continued swirling the drain.
Great job, guys.