BRUNSWICK – In a bizarre Facebook post, a Bowdoin College professor is calling President Donald Trump a “fool” and claiming he should be impeached for ‘public statements’, which he justifies with some unusual claims about American history.
Patrick Rael, who teaches History at Bowdoin College, published the post on February 16 at 9:05 pm, saying that “simply on the basis of undenied public statements” President Trump should be impeached.
Rael claims there is several times more justification to impeach President Trump for his public statements than there has ever been to bring forth articles of impeachment in American history.
He goes on in the post to make a partisan statement that Republicans are “spineless, craven and utterly incapable of putting country before party.”
Professor Patrick Rael’s Facebook post about President Trump says he is a fool and calls for him to be impeached.
The post, published to a group of Rael’s friends shows that a cohort of his fellow academics agree with Rael’s statements.
Among Rael’s peers who “reacted” or commented in support of Rael’s post are:
- Dr. Elizabeth Leonard, occupies an endowed chair as professor of history at Colby College.
- Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, Lecturer in Education and Director of the writing project at Bowdoin College.
- Noma Petroff, Academic Department Coordinator, Bowdoin College.
- Dr. Robin Bachin, Professor of History at the University of Miami.
- Dr. Aaron Astor, Professor of History at Mayville College.
- Dr. Ciahnan Darrell, professor of Languages at King’s College.
- Dr. Matthew Gallman, professor of History at the University of Florida.
- Dr. Arthur McKee, Professor of History, American University.
Rael’s statement also refers to President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment as only being a “sliver” of what Trump has done.
President Johnson was impeached, among other reasons, for twice violating the Tenure of Office Act by illegally removing his Secretary of War during reconstruction following the Civil War.
Article II § 4 of the United States Constitution provides as follows:
“The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”