These Are the Ways Donald Trump’s Presidency Could End in 2018
Ever since Donald Trump’s presidential win was announced, critics have assumed his reign wouldn’t last long. In the beginning, some even speculated he wouldn’t make it to Inauguration Day. They were incorrect.
The first year of Trump’s presidency was wrought with rumors, controversy, drama, and more rambling tweets than a teenage girl feuding with her besties. But setting aside the spectacle and media backlash, is it possible that Trump will either forcibly or voluntarily leave office in 2018?
Of course, no one can predict the future. But there are a few scenarios that would make Trump the first president in history to exit office during his first term while still alive. Some are likely and some are not, but if the past has taught us anything, it’s that even the weirdest predictions sometimes come true.
1. He could be impeached
Although it’s pretty unlikely Trump would get impeached, it’s definitely a possibility. But remember, it takes more than just impeachment to have a sitting president removed from office — just ask Bill Clinton.
Even if the House decides to impeach Trump, the Senate must also try and convict him by a two-thirds vote for him to be forced out. In the history of America, only two presidents have ever been impeached, and neither was removed from office. The former president most likely to be both impeached and removed — Richard Nixon — resigned before proceedings could begin.
2. He could be removed by the 25th Amendment
While impeachment seems to be everyone’s go-to for ousting Trump from office, it’s much more likely that he’d be removed by using the 25th Amendment. This is still a rare possibility, but it’s more likely than successfully impeaching Trump.
The amendment states that if the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet find the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed their misgivings about Trump’s ability to lead, comparing him to an “unruly toddler who has to be tricked and manipulated into not causing too much damage.”
But do the members of his Cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence truly believe Trump is unable to fulfill his duties? So far, it seems the answer is no.
3. He could be forced to leave office for health reasons
Trump isn’t known for his stellar health habits, and in his 70s, a steady diet of fast food and sugary soda is bound to catch up with him. Sources say Trump Force One is stocked with “four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke.”
Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer for both men and women in America. Unless Trump starts to change his ways and swaps some salads for his beloved Big Macs, then he remains at risk for serious health concerns. If things got bad enough, then it’s certainly possible he would have to resign.
4. He could resign
Trump’s resignation is the most likely scenario because it only requires one person’s approval: Donald Trump. But with an ego the size of Texas, would he ever admit that running for office was a huge mistake?
Again, no one can predict the future, and even Trump’s inner circle doesn’t know exactly what’s going through his head. But some news sources have noticed Trump hasn’t exactly looked happy lately, and it could be that the stress of the job is catching up with him.
Former presidents say no one can anticipate how isolating the job really is or how much anxiety it comes with. And because Trump never held political office before getting elected president, he was especially unprepared for the pressure of leading a nation.
5. There could be an assassination attempt
It’s tragic to even think about, but thanks to the contentious nature of Trump’s presidency, he’s a prime candidate for an assassination attempt.
Thankfully, the Secret Service is well trained to protect the president. To date, four presidents have been killed while in office, and attempts were made on 10 more. That means about 22% of all presidents in office have been targets of assassination plots.
6. The Democrats could regain the majority
Right now, we have a Republican president, and the Republicans have the majority of both the House and Senate. Midterm elections could change that in 2018.
Usually, midterm elections don’t favor the incumbent president. And while political analysts predict Democrats will gain as many as 40 seats in the House, they’re much less likely to gain the upper hand in the Senate. A Democrat-majority Congress would make the idea of impeachment a lot more feasible. But still, it’s anyone’s guess how those elections will turn out — and whether they’ll make a difference at all.
7. Any other reason no one expects
None of the previously mentioned scenarios has a good chance of actually happening. But there are plenty of unknowns, and literally anything is possible in 2018.
Nuclear war, hostile takeover, economic collapse, zombie apocalypse — the preppers keep months worth of canned goods on hand for these exact reasons. With so much calamity in the world, it’s always best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
No one knows whether Trump will make it through his entire term without some unexpected event taking place that would force him out of office. But when it comes down to it, it’s very unlikely that he’s going anywhere before 2020.
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