On Wednesday, Donald Trump became only the third United States President to be impeached from office but a particular Professor had predicted the event years before
In 2017, shortly after Trump’s entry to office, Prof. Ronald Feinman, a leading historian and author, predicted that Donald Trump would either be forced to resign or impeached from office.
Although Feinman was wrong on the prediction of the time Trump would spend in office, he was right that the President would eventually be impeached.
“Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behaviour and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness”, he said, citing Mr Trump’s decision to hold a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in a public space in earshot of other people as “a sign of his failure to act responsibly”.
“The fact that Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in pushing Flynn out is a sign that Pence is already asserting himself with Trump” he said, adding the vice President often appears uncomfortable with Mr Trump’s “freewheeling and careless behaviour,” Feinman said.
Feinman predicted that Trump’s presidency was likely to be the second shortest ever, saying that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job “between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841,” who died of pneumonia; and the “199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881”, who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin “after terrible suffering and medical malpractice”.
Even if his time in office is “dragged out”, Feinman had predicted that Trump wass unlikely to last the 16 months and five days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850.
The 20th century American history professor added that he thought the “Pence Presidency” was inevitable.
He was referring to Mr Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, who would take over if Mr Trump was to leave the leadership.