Beto Calls On Trump To Resign, Like That's Gonna Happen
During an appearance at The Texas Tribune Festival that is probably getting way more attention than it normally would because today is pretty boring news-wise (not that we are complaining), Beto O'Rourke tried to shake things up by calling for Donald Trump to resign, or at least for those around him to encourage him to do so.
"The best possible path ... is for this president to resign, allow this country to heal and ensure that we come back together with the greatest, most ambitious agenda we've ever faced, none of it possible while he remains in office," the former El Paso congressman said during a conversation with MSNBC's Garrett Haake at The Paramount Theatre in Austin.
He also said the same thing earlier this week on CNN. It is apparently his new thing that he is going with.
Via The Hill:
"If you looked at the polling on impeachment around Nixon at this point in the investigation, it wasn't the most popular thing in the country. Yet, with the vantage of hindsight, we know that it was absolutely the right thing to do, and President Nixon did the right thing and resigned before it moved to a trial in the Senate," O'Rourke said on CNN.
"I'm calling upon those who are close to President Trump now…who right now are complicit in what the president is doing to advise him to do the right thing and to resign from his office."
Please, as if Trump has anywhere near the integrity of Richard Milhous Nixon.
I mean, I'm not saying I wouldn't like it to happen. I would like it very much! I would also like 87 million dollars, a second home in Paris, a first home here (What? I rent.), Tina Turner to come out of retirement, an immediate second season to The Politician to magically appear on Netflix, several horses, and also for this to happen somehow, retroactively:
Or like, maybe I just get to hang out with them? That would be cool. It would also be a lot more likely to happen than Donald Trump going "You know what? That Beto O'Rourke guy is right. I should resign. I will get right on that." Shit, I think we'll be lucky if the man actually leaves office when his term is up. I have my suspicions that he will not.
O'Rourke also said that he plans on staying in the 2020 race until the end, despite the fact that he's polling at like, 2-3 percent, well behind Andrew Yang, whom no one ever even heard of before this year. I'm not gonna say anything, because I get persnickety about people saying that candidates I like should drop out, but I think at this point, a sudden surge to the top is only slightly more plausible than Trump resigning.
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