Forget Clinton, Nixon or even Johnson. Democrats pursuing impeachment should heed this forgotten president

Here’s a warning from history that you won’t hear from people pushing for President Trump’s impeachment.
Most commentators keep comparing Trump’s impeachment crisis to Richard Nixon and Watergate,

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky or even a lesser-known President, Andrew Johnson.Yes, that Grant. The rumpled, cigar-chomping, 19th-century general who led one of the most corrupt administrations in US history and was once called a “drunken butcher.”


Grant is not the go-to president for commentators when talk turns to impeachment. Yet he did something one night during a famous Civil War battle that offers a fresh historical analogy for those weighing whether Democrats should “damn the torpedoes” (another line from a famous Civil War battle) and sanction Trump for appearing to solicit foreign interference in a US election.Grant has been forgotten.

And I don’t know that it’s ever going to change that dramatically,” said Joan Waugh, a professor of history at the University of California at Los Angeles and the author of “U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth” in a story about Grant’s legacy.Lee’s reputation, however, soared after the Civil War. He was praised as a brilliant tactician. He was portrayed as a noble, humble man who reluctantly fought against the Union.

Many historians, though, now dismiss that flattering portrait.
Meanwhile, Grant is making a comeback. Historians are revaluating him as a general and a president. More say he was a superior commander to Lee. His presidential memoir is considered one of the finest autobiographies ever written by a former president.

Maybe it’s time for people pushing for Trump’s impeachment to reevaluate which historical precedents they cite as well

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