February 17th, 2017
The world may only be a few weeks into President Trump's first term, but already the knives are out. From political opponents and protesters to media networks and Hollywood stars, it seems everyone and their dog is ready to revolt against the billionaire.
In fact, reports have begun to surface that at least one House Democrat is preparing a mini-coup against Trump. In the event that an American President is deemed "unfit" to hold their position, the 25th Amendment gives members of the executive branch the power to force Congress to vote on their removal.
Brought into effect in 1967 following the death of John F. Kennedy, the Amendment sets out the procedure for removing the President and, subsequently, replacing them with the Vice President. However, according to Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the law is flawed as the President has the power to fire the cabinet that has the power to vote on their position.
Therefore, in this situation, Blumenauer appears to be suggesting that the 25th Amendment needs adjusting because he fears Trump may prevent any attempts to oust him. To back this up, the Oregon Democrat stated that he's noticed this flaw in light of "mental or emotional incapacity".
Although he stopped short of pinning these accusations on Trump, the message seems to be that he, at least, is looking at legal loopholes to remove the divisive figure from office. Basically, this could be the start of a move to impeach President Trump. That, if you're a betting fan, is what many of the top bookmakers are now speculating.
Sensing a clear shift from pre-election emotion to post-election action, the hot odds now suggest that Trump won't have the chance to "make America great again" because he won't make it out of his first term. Now, should Congress or the Senate decide to make a move against Trump that's one thing, but the most powerful move could be by the people.
Should the worlds of politics and public opinion collide in the coming months, then impeachment could be the natural outcome. For punters and fans of political betting, that outcome will currently earn you a 10/11 return at Ladbrokes.
For those who are convinced it's a matter of when not if Trump will be impeached, Paddy Power will give you exclusive odds on the year it will happen. Leading the way in its current selection of Trump impeachment bets is 2017 at 4/1, while next year is a slightly juicier 9/1.
Anyone who believes the flame-haired tycoon will make it all the way to his final year in office before the wolves get their claws in can take a punt at 20/1 with Paddy Power. Of course, impeachment isn't the only way we could see Trump wave goodbye to the White House.
Everything from a conviction by the Senate, a vote of no confidence by Congress or resignation are all possible outcomes. In fact, with the current wave of presidential betting such big business, the top online bookmakers are offering odds, promotions and bonuses on virtually every outcome. Check out our guide to all the craziest and most extreme Trump bets available today!
Over at bet365, 6/1 says that Trump will fall foul of the law somehow and that will give the Senate enough cause to impeach him. For the optimistic among you, Paddy Power will let you speculate on the current President throwing in the towel.
Fortunately for Trump, it's not all doom and gloom in the eyes of the bookies. With his current reign being one of the most talked about in recent history, betting on politics has never been hotter and those who have a soft spot for the property magnate haven't been forgotten.Although very much still novelty bets, you can currently enjoy Trump specials that cover everything from where his first state visit will be (Paddy Power has Slovenia as the favourite at 15/8) to his chances of winning a Nobel Peace Prize (50/1 at Ladbrokes).
Regardless of your political persuasions or preferences, there's no doubt Donald Trump has made political betting popular again. Through a combination of outrageous remarks, bold policies and bombastic speeches, 2017 looks to be the year when novelty punts become the norm for bookmakers and bettors alike. Head over to Paddy Power today to check out all the Trump bets available!