Saturday, December 19, 2020

How much damage can an impeached, lame-duck President do?

Yesterday, Heather Cox Richardson quoted Adam Schiff's remarks at the passage of the articles of impeachment last year: “How much damage can Donald Trump do between now and the next election?” Of course, the mishandling of the pandemic wasn't something Schiff could have anticipated, but given his public-health policies as Indiana's governor, it's hard to imagine a President Mike Pence doing many things differently than President Trump has. But what Schiff also did not predict is how much damage a President who is unwilling to admit defeat and is determined to challenge the results no matter how often his attempts fail can do between a lost election and his opponent's inauguration. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 19 December)

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