How will Trump step down from office
How could Trump step down?
Impeachment / Resignation
Note that Donald Trump continues to be popular with his followers. Many of them would consider impeachment to be election treason. The first step in getting Trump to leave would therefore be to convince a significant number of his former supporters to stop supporting him.
Richard Nixon had broader but shallower support than Trump, and he lost that support because of his illegal actions. Presumably, Trump could spill over in a similar way. It is worth noting, however, that it was not Nixon's policies that led to his resignation, but rather his actions. Trump has so far done nothing that wasn't part of his original platform. It is unlikely that it can force him out if it doesn't prevent him from becoming president. He might actually be more difficult to remove than Nixon, as his fewer supporters feel stronger for him.
For the same reason, Mike Pence and the Cabinet are unlikely to declare Trump unfit. Such a move is unlikely to popularize Pence with Trump supporters. It is therefore extremely unlikely that Pence would take this temporary move unless Trump loses much support. Or there is evidence of a temporary illness that a Trump impeachment will fix. Again, the fulfillment of his campaign positions should not be viewed as a temporary or non-temporary weakness.
Resigning may seem easier than impeachment at first, but it's worth noting that Nixon didn't step down until he realized he was going to lose an impeachment. His resignation saved a great deal of time and effort, but still required an indictable case with broad Senate support.
If individuals don't want Trump to be their president, they will likely find it easier to move them than Trump. During the election, a collection of celebrities said they would move if Trump won. Instead, they stayed and protested. If their protests are ineffective, they may reconsider.
Non-celebrities can apply for refugee status from Canada or Germany. Both said they were looking. And both have sharply criticized Trump so they may be willing to easily view the citizens of the United States as refugees.
At a higher level, regions could potentially split off. It's unclear how serious it is now, but there is a movement for California secession. While the entire state is unlikely to exit, it seems doable that changing circumstances could lead the more liberal coastal regions to reject Trump's policies through secession. Of course, although their approval is required, it is not enough. The US as a whole would have to agree.
This might not remove Trump from the US presidency, but it would remove Trump as the president of those who are stepping down.
I've never heard of any serious movement for it, but it seems possible other places are doing the same as well. For example, New England is as overwhelmingly Democratic as the California Coastal Area (NExit). New York City could go too. It's neighboring and mostly democratic. That's interesting because Trump was born in New York. So there is an argument that if New York City split up, Trump would no longer be a native citizen.
That would actually remove Trump from the presidency.
Note that any of these are unlikely. No president has ever been removed from office. The closest thing would be the resignation of Nixon, and Trump has done nothing comparable to breaking in his opponents. Some might argue that his policies are worse. But you are also popular with his supporters, but condemned by his opponents. Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan also had policies that their opponents condemned as unconstitutional and simply wrong. Andrew Johnson was the closest to being removed for political reasons and that failed.
If people had taken emigration seriously, nothing would stop them. Yet there does not seem to be any serious movement among those who announced this during the elections.
Secession is discussed occasionally, but very few states actually try. Even in the unlikely event that New York City split, it seems unlikely that Trump would be removed.
But hey, it's fun to think about.
The normal way to replace a president is to wait until the next election and do so. That is also difficult. Only Jimmy Carter and George HW Bush have lost a re-election bid since Herbert Hoover. It's worth noting that all three lost more than anything to economic reasons.
Taking back the house in the 2018 elections would also help. Trump would still be president, but he would no longer be able to pass laws on his own.
It would be even better to take back the Senate, but there aren't enough vulnerable places available. Of the five Republican seats available for election in 2018, only two are considered endangered. And one of those (Jeff Flake in Arizona) is something of a reach. It could shift, but it was still a Republican state in 2016. The Democrats need three more seats to take control of the Senate. Even if they take a seat in flakes, they are still small. And that doesn't allow the ten Democratic senators in states that Trump has won. Losses there would change with great difficulty if not almost impossible.
If Republicans could survive four years of Obama twice, Democrats should be able to survive four years of Trump - at least once, if not twice. If that's really impossible, then maybe people should reconsider the idea of secession.
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