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Sport of Trump Watching

Written by Mike Minehan on .

Trump watching has now become one of the world's major sports, as everyone from world leaders to ordinary people, try to figure out what the President-Elect will do next. 

Perhaps nobody is enjoying this sport more than Trump himself. The Washing post reports that Trump's world is "a never-ending drama in which the star lives in the moment and careens from controversy to controversy with a dizzying flood of tweets and off-the-cuff remarks to the media. This could become Washington's new normal, as a billionarie who thrives on impulse, defies protocol and lives to entertain, prepares to move into the White House."

Trump's previous crowning achievement, apart from the creation of his multi-billion dollar real estate empire, was starring in his reality TV show, The Apprentice, in which contestants would compete to become Trump's assistant, or apprentice. Famously, Trump would fire contestants who didn't perform well.

But there is no such fate awaiting the President if he fails to perform. The President of the United States can't be fired, no matter how badly he performs. The President can be removed only by the four-yearly electoral process or by impeachment for unlawful activity.

For the record, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only Presidents to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.

President Nixon was also impeached, but Nixon resigned before the vote of the full House took place. Technically, therefore, Nixon left office following his resignation, not by impeachment.

To date, no US President has been removed from office by impeacment and conviction.

Of course, the current President-Elect might be able to deliver on his campaign slogan to 'make America great again', and the possibility of impeachment will probably never arise.

And also, in the Trump world of bluster and braggadocio, accusations, counter-accusations and backtracking, it's difficult to discern anything other than dizzy drama and the uncertainty/excitement of making things up as he goes along.

This Trump circus would be fun to watch - if it weren't for the fact that he will be in power over the biggest economy in the world, which, in turn, affects the global economy. And the Trump posturing would also be, well, even more fun, if he wasn't going to become Commander in Chief of the most powerful military force in the world. Oh. Yes, And he'll have the nuclear codes right beside him in his briefcase.

Trump is a political novice, with a liking for drama and entertainment.

Any way you look at it, this is a dangerous mix.