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Trumpius Caesar survived

Imagine if Julius Caesar had survived the assassination attempt. That is what President Donald John Trump has done.

Impeachment is a non-violent assassination. The man lives, of course, but the trade off is you avoid making him a martyr. Instead you shame him and his supporters, eliminating the movement.

Now, having tried and failed to kill his presidency, Democrats and the media are complaining that he is seeking vengeance. Et tu, Willard?

Wrong. The Orange Julius is protecting himself, his voters, and the American electoral process. We should not allow bureaucrats, rogue congressmen, and the Obama administration to overturn the 2016 election -- and that is what this is all about.

Charles R. Kesler, the editor of The Claremont Review of Books and a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, wrote a piece in the New York Times in which he expressed amazement that President Donald John Trump is portraying himself as the victim.

Kesler wrote, "So how will Mr. Trump go about running against one of these Democrats (or even Michael Bloomberg)? His re-election pitch will rest on three elements: the president himself, the economy and his Democratic opponent. The experience of impeachment may have provided a fourth: Mr. Trump as defender of democracy."

Of course he is the defender of democracy. The villains are the usurpers who voted to end his presidency -- overturn the will of the people -- via an unconstitutional impeachment. There was no treason. There was no bribery. There was no high crime. There was no misdemeanor. There was no acceptance of defeat by Democrats, the media, and Willard.

Kesler wrote, "Among Mr. Trump’s fervent supporters the impeachment will be further evidence of his persecution by a corrupt establishment, for which they will love him all the more. But there are too few of them to re-elect him in a two-person race. Mr. Trump needs millions of voters who don’t wear MAGA hats, for whom the impeachment, even after acquittal, could reinforce doubts about his character and competence."

Professor Kesler is a smart man. He never fell into the Never Trump trap of self-indulgence. But he makes the mistake of assuming President Donald John Trump did something wrong.

Kesler also has fallen for the trap of believing President Donald John Trump's election was an accident. After all, he did not get a majority of the votes.

Neither did Hillary.

This has left Kesler believing that President Donald John Trump cannot win with his base alone. Why not? We won it for him in 2016 -- without Willard.

Like the Democrats, Kesler sees the impeachment as an albatross around the president's neck. He wears it like a tie.

Kesler wrote, "Yet even with the acquittal, the roaring economy and a lame opponent, impeachment remains a potential electoral stumbling block. Mr. Trump needs something positive to take out of the experience. Oddly enough, he may have found it in his lawyers’ arguments to the Senate portraying him variously as: the tribune who refused to let the people’s champion be driven from office; the defender of the constitutional presidency against a passionate, factious majority in the House; and the restorer of moderation and equilibrium to a political system badly deranged by a half century of partisan excess and bureaucratic engorgement.

"Prepare to meet Donald Trump, defender of American democracy.

"This new appeal builds on his America First nationalism and antipathy to liberal judges, and responds directly to the Democratic presidential contenders’ charge that he threatens the Constitution. It would give him a rare chance to defend his administration as high-minded."

Trumpius Caesar benefits from this truth. Instead of a cordial transition of power, an angered Obama plotted his successor's downfall. He expanded the National Security Council and flooded it with spies. He maneuvered to use a pack of lies from the Kremlin to hobble the president with a bogus special prosecutor investigation.

Kesler ended his piece, "it is not so easy to put the impeachment behind us as we might like."

Nor should impeachment be easily forgotten. Congress removing a president is a poison. Those who dare embrace this political death penalty and fail should be removed from office and shunned for the rest of their lives. This was not a vote on a farm bill. This was a vote to execute a presidency.

President Donald John Trump has a duty to history to punish the betrayers of our republic.

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