- Nov 6, 2016
If Congress votes to Impeach that would provide a considerable amount of legal precedence if criminal charges were brought post-20th. If the wording of the Impeachment document were the basis of a criminal case and if, in that criminal case, were to be found guilty, then that might incur a minimum incarceration of 15 years.
That would go a very long way to reinstating the USA as the democratic light to be admired, respected and adhered to by all democracies and would make tinpot dictators think again about their ambitions.
The 'talk' about impeachment so far seems to be directed at 'incitement' to violence.
From a political pov, I doubt Trump would be incarcerated.
I think much of the GOP simply wants to see Trump gone from their party, never to be allowed to run for/hold office in the future. Trump has become a liability for the GOP.
There are many civilians of a like mind that appear to support Trump.
The real question there is ....are they loyalists or just using Trump as a figurehead?
The fascist/racist element is nothing new, they've been building strength for more than several decades and I suspect they saw current events as timely for their power play.
The 'Boogaloo' movement seems a major player and their 'cause' is less for support of Trump and more for a civil war to overthrow the existing form of government.
And then there are the nutters. Qanon cultists. They currently worship Trump but as seen, they can do a 180 and hate just as passionately as seen concerning Pence.
Tea party and Libertarian anarchists seem to be aligned with Trump, but I suspect most of them realize Trump is only 'for Trump' and they return the favor by using him for their own gains.
Currently, extremist rightwing evangelicals do support Trump, largely because of Trump's promises about abortion and right to life.
But Trump is on his way out power and his promises die, not that they were ever sincere/real to begin with.
They'll be looking for someone more 'resilient'.
What's dangerous is that Trump/et al have left a 'roadmap of failure' that rightwing extremists will know to avoid in their next power play.
Putting Trump behind bars would be justice, imo, but the rest of the world's worst leaders have also seen what doesn't work well in subverting a free society.
With Trump out of the picture, those types will be the next aggressors against free societies.
In failure, Trump teaches them well.
And of course, there will still be socialists to deal with. No doubt they've learned a lot also.