President Donald Trump, who is not usually distinguished by his moderation, is resorting to threats while increasing pressure for a political trial process against him.
On Monday, the president said representative Adam Schiff was guilty of treason. But the Constitution clearly states that treason is not the same as disloyalty. And an upset Trump publicly tried to erase the differences between the two concepts while attacking his critics on Twitter and the process of political trial in the House of Representatives.
Trump also hinted that any attempt to dismiss him could provoke a civil war, part of a series of tweets that offered a sample of his emotions.RELATED
The president was nothing subtle about his comments to Schiff, the president of the Intelligence Commission of the House of Representatives, and one of his oldest opponents.
"Arrest for treason?" Trump tweeted about the Democratic representative. It was Trump's most recent objection to Schiff's recapitulation of a draft transcript of a July 25 telephone call in which the president pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the presidential Democratic candidate for presidency Joe Biden and his son.
On the eve, Trump had asserted: "I want to question Schiff at the highest level for fraud and treason."
Even presidents don't always get what they want.
It is a harsh truth for the former real estate entrepreneur who controlled much of his world before the presidency put him face to face with equivalent branches of government.
Trump's reaction has been to question his critics and the Constitution, blocking requests for information and exercising his right to veto against the machinery of the government he calls "Deep State."
The intensity of the president's tweets has been increasing along with a notable change in public sentiment regarding the political trial process.
Surveys conducted since the call was announced with the Ukrainian president show a division on whether Trump should face a political trial and be dismissed, but support for this process has increased considerably since the House of Representatives opened the investigation on 24 September.
Trump went with everything.
When asked on Monday if he knew the identity of the complainant, he replied: "We are trying to find out," even though the person is protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Hours earlier, the president tweeted a comment made by a conservative pastor who immediately provoked criticism from a Republican legislator.
"If the Democrats succeed in dismissing the president, that will cause a fracture in this nation similar to that of the civil war, from which our country will never heal," was the comment of the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, which Trump published.
Republican representative Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force ex-pilot and representing an Illinois district that Trump won in 2016, tweeted in response: “I have visited nations torn apart by civil war … I never imagined that such a phrase would be repeated. by a president. This is more than disgusting. ”
Trump has long held the threat of treason for special people he perceives as criminals, something that has never been proven.
"My campaign as president was spied on," Trump falsely tweeted on May 17. “Something like this has never happened in American politics. A very bad situation. Betrayal means long sentences in prison and this was a betrayal! ”
It wouldn't be, even if it had really happened.
Similarly, Trump directed his fury at the author of an anonymous publisher that was published in The New York Times just over a year ago that said: “Many of the top officials in their own government work diligently from within to thwart their agenda and its worst inclinations. ” He also said that the president's decision-making was "hasty, poorly informed and sometimes reckless."
"Treason?", The president tweeted on September 5, the same day the text was published.
It was certainly a shame, but it was not treason.
The Constitution stipulates: "Betrayal against the United States will only consist in waging war against it or joining its enemies, providing them with help or protection."
Note the word "only."