President Trump is furious that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court won’t allow the state to use their gerrymandered districts for the upcoming midterm elections, so he told Republicans in Pennsylvania via Twitter that they need to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling and use the illegal districts anyway. Could this be an impeachable offense? It certainly seems that way, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.


Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s districts were severely gerrymandered to benefit the Republican Party. When the Republicans said, “Okay, we’ll change them, but can we just have them for this year’s midterms?” The Supreme Court said, “Absolutely not. That’s pretty stupid. You’re going to change these districts, redraw all these lines before the 2018 midterms.” So, that’s the official court ruling, so therefore that is the law.

Well, Donald Trump isn’t exactly happy about it. He doesn’t like that the Supreme Court is making the state of Pennsylvania play by the rules. He doesn’t like that the state of Pennsylvania wants the voters in that state to have people representing them that actually represent them. So, Donald Trump took to Twitter, as he always does, and he told Republicans in Pennsylvania to not follow the orders of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He said, “Do not redraw those lines. Do not listen to them. Do not do this because it’s going to benefit the Democrats. Hold the line, folks.” Donald Trump literally encouraged Republicans in Pennsylvania to break the law.

Now, I’m not legal scholar, but I’m pretty sure that that Donald Trump statement of ignore what the Supreme Court says and do whatever the hell you want to do anyway, break the law, yeah, pretty sure that is illegal. You can’t do that when you’re in a position of authority over someone else by telling them to break the law.

Donald Trump may have just committed yet another impeachable offense here by telling these Republicans in Pennsylvania to ignore a ruling of the Supreme Court. Will he face any justice for this? Absolutely not. Is anybody really going to even talk about this beyond the next day or two? Probably not.

However, this is a very real and a very serious story that shows just how much contempt Donald Trump has for the rule of law in the United States. The majority of voters who turned out for the last election in the state of Pennsylvania voted for Democrats for their house seats, yet the majority of Republicans won. That’s how badly that state is gerrymandered. That even though the majority of the votes cast go to Democrats, the majority of people elected end up being Republicans. That’s by design. That’s what the Supreme Court saw. They said, “You can’t do this,” and Donald Trump says, “To hell with the rule of law, I want you to do what I want you to do. Ignore the laws. Do what I say. I’m the guy in charge.” You can’t do that. That’s illegal.

But, again, we have such a spineless congress, spineless senate, and absolutely a spineless vice-president. Nobody is going to hold Donald Trump accountable for encouraging elected Republican officials to break the law and that’s a shame.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced