Calabresi told a law school audience in San Francisco that when it comes to Donald Trump, “impeachment needs to be on the table.”
Even though both houses of Congress will be controlled by his fellow Republicans, Trump, a party outsider, will be “on a short leash. There could be a spectacular end,” Calabresi said in a recent panel at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.
Calabresi said Republican leaders, who have lamented their party’s alienation from racial minorities, have been been dismayed by some of Trump’s comments on racial issues — for example, his claim that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, of San Diego, presiding over a fraud suit by students against Trump University, was biased because of his Mexican heritage. Trump has since settled the suit for $25 million.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has called Trump’s denigration of Curiel “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Calabresi said Trump had also displayed sexism — an apparent reference to his tape-recorded boasting of grabbing women by the genitals — and an out-of-control temperament. If Trump continues such behavior after taking office, Calabresi said, Republican leaders should consider impeaching him and replacing him with Vice President Mike Pence, who is much closer to his party’s establishment.“He’s not a creature of the Republican Party,” Calabresi said of Trump. “He’s a creature of the swamp.”
Trump is “the least qualified person for the presidency ever,” UC Irvine law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who signed both letters, said in the panel discussion. “I’m more scared for the country than I’ve ever been.”