On the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay you will find the relatively poor industrial community of Richmond, California.
Considering how the Obama administration damaged the manufacturing and industrial field with numerous EPA regulations, you might think the townsfolk would be welcoming any change the Trump administration might usher in. You would be wrong.
On Tuesday evening the Richmond City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached.
The text of the resolution was not immediately available, but the city council agenda listed “a resolution in support of a Congressional investigation regarding the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.”
The basis for Trump’s impeachment, according to local ABC News affiliate KGO, would be the president’s alleged links to his private business holdings. Critics have claimed that these create conflicts of interest, and possibly violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
However, there is no evidence that Trump has benefited from conflicts of interest, or that he has done anything illegal to justify the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard for impeachment. The Emoluments Clause argument is also thought by many constitutional scholars and legal analysts to be very weak.
— Lilian Kim (@liliankim7) February 22, 2017
Some people might say Richmond politicians have been obsessed with Donald Trump. In 2015, the mayor blamed Trump for inciting a hate crime against a local mosque, even though the suspect had praised Hillary Clinton in social media.
Richmond is quite the testament to fiscal ignorance. According to a nonpartisan report that was issued last year, despite being the sixth-poorest large city in The Golden State, the city of Richmond has the highest public employee salary burden. The report documented exorbitant salaries paid to local officials, such as $560,000 in total salary and benefits to the local fire chief.