The historians stated that the constitution was framed to stop the abuse of power by the likes of Donald Trump.
Academics, who have spent a good time studying history and dictators, are calling for the President to be impeached over his flagrant abuse of power and his attempts to subvert the Constitution. More than 1500 respected historians have signed an open letter calling on the House of Representatives to impeach the President. “It is our considered judgment that if President Trump’s misconduct does not rise to the level of impeachment, then virtually nothing does,” wrote the historians in a letter that was posted on Medium by a nonprofit advocacy group Protect Democracy on Monday.
"President Trump’s numerous and flagrant abuses of power are precisely what the Framers had in mind as grounds for impeaching and removing a president," wrote the historians. Since posting the letter on medium, college professors and filmmakers have also signed the open letter. Pulitzer Prize winners Ron Chernow, Jon Meacham, and Taylor Branch are some of the signatories of the open letter, along with dozens of college professors and filmmakers. "His “attempts to subvert the Constitution,” as George Mason described impeachable offenses at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, urgently and justly require his impeachment," read the letter.
The letter from the historians comes after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine with the intention of extorting the Ukraine President Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son, Hunter. Trump told Zelensky that he had to announce the investigation in order for him to release the aid. The President has claimed that he was only concerned with corruption but the report by the House Intelligence committee suggests his intention was to derail the Presidential election campaign of rival Joe Biden.
Historians slammed Trump for stopping White House officials from testifying before Congress. "President Trump’s lawless obstruction of the House of Representatives, which is rightly seeking documents and witness testimony in pursuit of its constitutionally-mandated oversight role, has demonstrated brazen contempt for representative government. So have his attempts to justify that obstruction on the grounds that the executive enjoys absolute immunity, a fictitious doctrine that, if tolerated, would turn the president into an elected monarch above the law," read the post. The House of Representatives is set to vote on impeachment on Wednesday.
The historians accused Trump of attempting to compromise the integrity of the 2020 election. "Collectively, the President’s offenses, including his dereliction in protecting the integrity of the 2020 election from Russian disinformation and renewed interference, arouse once again the Framers’ most profound fears that powerful members of government would become, in Hamilton’s words, “the mercenary instruments of foreign corruption,” wrote the historians. Alexander Hamilton was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
The signatories of the letter state that Hamilton penned the constitution to stop the rise of an unscrupulous demagogue. "Hamilton understood, as he wrote in 1792, that the republic remained vulnerable to the rise of an unscrupulous demagogue, “unprincipled in private life, desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents…despotic in his ordinary demeanor.” That demagogue, Hamilton said, could easily enough manage “to mount the hobby horse of popularity — to join in the cry of danger to liberty — to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion — to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the day.” Such a figure, Hamilton wrote, would “throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind,’” reads the post. Republican Donald Trump is likely this week to become the third U.S. president to be impeached. History won't be kind to Donald Trump, or the Republicans for that matter.