President Donald Trump struggled mightily Saturday to kick off a sympathetic “Stop The Coup” hashtag — but the strategy blew up in his face.
Trump was attempting to equate the House impeachment inquiry with an illegal coup d’etat.
Impeachment is sanctioned by the Constitution for presidents who Congress determines should be removed from office for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors” — a fact pointed out by his opponents on Twitter, who deployed “#Stop the Coup,” and a related hashtag, “#ThePresidentIsACrybaby,” against him.
Donald, #impeachment is not a 'coup' - it's 'supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,' and it's required of every member of the House and Senate. #StopTheCoup - #ImpeachAndRemove pic.twitter.com/QwNk5bNHpm— John Lundin 🌊 (@johnlundin) October 19, 2019
I know it sounds weird to you because you've done nothing but violate the Constitution since you've been in office, but the impeachment investigation is Congress' constitutional mandate. #ThePresidentIsACrybaby #stopthecoup #prickstarter #saturdaymorning #uppers #amjoy pic.twitter.com/xI9azXbrCd— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 19, 2019
There is no coup. Mick Mulvaney unequivocally admitted there was a quid pro quo for withholding military support to Ukraine for investigations into Democrats. Obvious freudian slip. Reporters even gave him chances to walk back the statement and he said “get over it” #StopTheCoup— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) October 19, 2019
“The House of Representatives shall... have the sole Power of Impeachment..“— Counterchekist (@counterchekist) October 19, 2019
“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
”The President...shall be removed from Office on Impeachment... and Conviction...”
Holding the president* accountable for his actions isn't a coup... it's their job.— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) October 19, 2019
I stand with impeachment!
Who's with me?#StopTheCoup
UNLOAD!— CC (@ChatByCC) October 19, 2019
It’s time to declassify and release everything you have!
That should #StopTheCoup
#StopTheCoup? Pfffft. We've been trying to stop it since 1/20/17, and we seem to finally be making some headway!— WordMan (@pjmclaugh) October 19, 2019
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