Impeachment forever changes Trump’s legacy
Impeached forever, corrupt, rotten to the bone The two articles of impeachment approved stand as a constitutional rebuke that will stay with Trump
even as he tries to trivialize their meaning and use them to power his reelection bid.“It’ll be impossible to look back at this presidency and not discuss impeachment. It is permanently tied to his record,”
said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. “Trump now always becomes part of the conversation about misusing presidential power. Ukraine will be his Watergate. Ukraine will be his Lewinsky.”
History books will add Trump to the section that features Bill Clinton, impeached 21 years ago for lying under oath about sex with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and Andrew Johnson, impeached 151 years ago for defying Congress on Reconstruction. Richard Nixon, who avoided impeachment by resigning during the Watergate investigation, is there, too.Trump himself is keenly aware of the impact that impeachment may have on his legacy.
“Few people in high position could have endured or passed this test,” Trump wrote in a fiery six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the eve of his impeachment. “You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family.”
Presidential historian Jon Meacham said impeachment will make Trump “the first insurgent incumbent president in American history.” He
compared the reflexive partisanship of this moment to the 19th-century tribalism that surrounded Johnson and Reconstruction, requiring a divided nation “to assess what’s being said instead of simply saluting the person saying it.”https://www.amny.com/nation/impeachment-forever-changes-trumps-legacy/