Todd Epp predicts Donald Trump will be impeached “sometime during his first term.” (Alec Baldwin’s Saturday Night Live writers peg impeachment at two months.) The sooner this anti-free-press thug is removed from the White House, says Epp after watching the President-Elect’s circus/press conference, the better:
…But does he sound like a dictator when he shouts down journalists, refuses to answer questions, publicly calls respected news organizations “fake,” and threatens to physically toss “disruptive” reporters from press events?
I think the answer is “yes.” Even Richard Nixon didn’t act like this in the throes of Watergate.
Certainly, this is red meat to Trump supporters, which are still a minority of the electorate. But it is not Presidential. It is not the way a vibrant democracy functions.
To a former journalist like me who used to ask (and sometimes still does) ask difficult and even embarrassing questions to politicians to try to get to the truth, I found it chilling.
Which is exactly the impact Trump was trying to have, I believe. Trump is smart. He knows what effect his words and behaviors will have [Todd Epp, “Explaining Trump,” KELO Radio: Token Liberal, 2017.01.12].
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power puts odds of a Trump impeachment within six months at 8 to 1. Over the next four years, Power puts those odds between 2 & 3 to 1.