BU prof: Trump 'represents a clear and present threat to our electoral system'

  • Boston University Professor Thomas Whalen recently joined a Boston radio station to discuss President Trump’s impeachment.
  • “I think he represents a clear and present threat to our electoral system," Whalen said.

In a recent interview, Boston University professor Thomas Whalen called President Donald Trump’s actions that sparked impeachment “a great stain on our democracy,” and added that Trump represents a “threat” to the country’s democracy. 

“I think [Trump] represents a clear and present threat to our electoral system,” Whalen said in a radio interview with WBUR News Boston

“I think [Trump] represents a clear and present threat to our electoral system"   

Whalen, who is an associate professor of social sciences, also accused President Trump of abusing power. 

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“The president here has recklessly disregarded the Article I powers of Congress, of oversight,” Whalen said. “He’s done it in such a brazen way that he forced Congress little option but to impeach him and use that power.”

Whalen later told the host that Trump’s impeachment ranks among the most notorious presidential scandals, including Watergate and Iran-Contra. 

“This is a great stain on our democracy because it shows what we are capable of: vast corruption,” Whalen lamented. 

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When asked about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s potential role in the impeachment trial, Whalen accused McConnell of essentially taking away “the power of impeachment from the Congress.” 

“Basically we are electing an emperor or a king every four years,” Whalen said, before noting that Democrats and Republicans have contributed to increasing the power of the presidency over the years. 

However, he added that the chances that Trump is removed from office are “very slim.” 

“I think he stands a good chance of being reelected,” Whalen said. “I think it sets a slippery slope for future presidents in terms of the kind of power they can wield.”

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Eduardo Neret is a digital reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to taking on his current position, Eduardo served as the Senior Florida Correspondent for Campus Reform and founded a conservative web publication where he hosted a series of interviews with notable conservative commentators and public figures. Eduardo’s work has appeared on the Fox News Channel, FoxNews.com, The Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, The Drudge Report, The Blaze, and The Daily Wire. He most recently served as a contributor to the Red Alert Politics section of The Washington Examiner. In addition to his independent journalism, Neret also previously worked at the Department of Justice and the Fox News Channel. He has appeared on numerous radio programs and NewsMaxTV to discuss his work and comment on relevant political issues.

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