David Barton Can’t Make Up His Mind About What’s Required for Impeachment October 27, 2019

David Barton Can’t Make Up His Mind About What’s Required for Impeachment

Christian pseudo-historian David Barton is best known for making up his own facts and having gullible evangelicals eat it up as if it’s all true. His entire career is dedicated to the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted exactly whatever the modern Republican Party’s agenda is today.

Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch just caught a perfect example of this.

Barton and his son Tweedledum Tim put out a video saying that Donald Trump couldn’t be impeached unless Congress proves he has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

“There have been a lot of accusations,” Tim Barton said, “but until something is proven, you don’t really have a good reason, criminally speaking, to impeach him.

Barton agreed with that in the video.

And yet, Barton had a very different understanding of impeachment as recently as 2017.

What are you impeached for? I think it was well summarized by a former President who at the time was the leader of the House. He said, “Impeachment is whatever a majority of the House says that it is.” And if you look at the constitutional process an impeachable offense is whatever 51 percent of the House says someone should be impeached for.

So the threshold for impeachment was a simple majority in favor of it in the House… until Democrats took control of the House after the 2018 midterms, at which point Barton decided the threshold was proof that the president had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

And after the House does that, Barton will undoubtedly say that no proof is sufficient, and this is a witch hunt, and Trump is the Second Coming of Jesus, and nothing matters because he makes things up as he goes along. Facts never matter when you’re a white evangelical Republican.


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