“Turnaround is fair play,” is a cliché—but one that many people believe in and adopt in order to get revenge. Given the toxic relations between Republicans and Democrats, it would not surprise anybody if a flip in the House and Senate after the midterm elections should unleash a spate of new investigations and revenge-impeachments. The scenario is easy to imagine: with Republicans in power, the first thing that would happen, the January 6 committee hearings would get canceled, and second, Hunter Biden would become “Hunted” Biden with the hope that Hunter would drag his father down with him.
A University of Massachusetts Amherst poll this spring found that more than two-thirds of Republican voters believe their party should use control of the House to impeach President Biden. What’s more, according to a report from Rolling Stone, Donald Trump has already been in conversations with the Republican Party leadership about that possibility, as the former president wants to exact revenge on the man who beat him in 2020.
However, there is a fly in the ointment. Trump is also concerned about how it might play with the public and impact his own possible 2024 presidential run.
The report states that “Trump in recent months has repeatedly asked ‘how many’ times Republicans plan to impeach the president if they take control of the House.” He has also, the sources said, asked about what they would do to impeach “certain high-ranking Biden administration officials.” In short, if Trump gives in to his basest impulses and his calculations don’t show that it would hurt his chances of re-election in 2024, we’re fairly certain to witness a bloodbath in Washington D.C.
It is somewhat reassuring to know, however, that such a move “would set up a potential point of tension between him and GOP leadership in Congress, as top Republican lawmakers have reservations about the political wisdom of attempting to put Biden on trial.”
The report also notes that while Trump firmly believes Biden deserves to be impeached, he does also worry that it might create a backlash among voters that could give the current president a boost should he also run for re-election.
Complicating matters are fringe lawmakers like Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who have already called and made plans for, a series of impeachment hearings on Biden and officials in his administration, with the Georgia lawmaker recently tweeting, “This will happen. Any GOP Member growing weak on this will sorely disappoint our country.”
That kind of veiled threat to destroy any lawmaker who fails to follow the Trumpian Republican political playbook of strict adherence to the “party line,” should ensure that all the sheep follow the shepherd and don’t disappoint the queen of revenge, Marjorie Taylor Greene. The report adds, “Regardless of how top Republicans feel, the party’s voters are keen on impeachment.”