EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ON THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT

Trump Acquitted? What does this mean for the President and how it should affect your voting.

March 10, 2020

The recent impeachment of President Donald Trump was a long and confusing ride that seemed to leave more questions than answers. In the United States, three Presidents have been impeached, but none have been removed from office as a result of it. The whole process has been named confusing and overwhelming, with only 30% of polled Americans could correctly define the term. 

When a president is “impeached,” that does not mean they are automatically out of office, it just means their judgment and integrity as a leader is found to be flawed which may be followed by a trial. The whole process was established by the founding fathers as a way to call out a president for any crimes he may have committed while in office and hold them accountable to that crime. In this case, the President was accused of withholding military aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, former vice-president and Democratic 2020 candidate, and his son for political gain.

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In an impeachment, speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the House will hold a hearing to decide whether or not they should hold a vote. If the majority votes to impeach the president, then they are officially impeached and the case moves to the Senate. A small trial is held for the Senate to decide if the president has committed a crime and the Senate votes from there. In this case, the Senate acquitted Trump of his two impeachment charges and that was the end of it. 

President Trump celebrated his not-guilty sentencing by hosting an event at which he spoke at for about an hour. “We’ve been going through this now for almost three years. It was evil, it was corrupt,” he told a crowd who packed into the East Room of the White House.  The president called the Democratic leaders who attempted to impeach him “vicious and mean,” but thanked his fellow Republicans that stood by his side. Well, all but one. During the Senate vote, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, was the only Republican to vote that Trump had committed a punishable offence.  “I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the President, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong,” Romney stated. 

“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the President committed an act so

extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a “high crime and misdemeanor. Yes, he did. The President asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival,” stated the Senator 

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Trump took to his infamous Twitter account to respond. “Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election. Read the Transcripts!” stated Trump. 

Some are now comparing President Trump’s acquittal speech to that of Bill Clinton’s. President Trump expressed no remorse over the actions unlike Bill Clinton in his 1999 speech. In Clinton’s speech after he was acquitted, he expressed to the nation how “profoundly sorry,” he was for, “what I said and did to trigger these

events, and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and on the American people,” while Trump took a different route. Instead, President Trump chose to begin his speech by saying “We’ve all been through a lot together and we probably deserve a hand for us. It’s been a very unfair situation,” instead of apologizing to the nation which he is supposed to be the responsible leader of. The impeachment process itself costs taxpaying Americans.” President Clinton spoke for about two minutes while President Trump spoke for over an hour. 

The House democrats have made it very clear that Trump will not be able to just wash off his impeachment. Trump has recently stated that he believes that his impeachment should be ‘expunged” because it was a “total political hoax” in the first place, but his Democratic counterparts seem to disagree. “Whatever happens, he has been impeached forever.” stated Pelosi. With the 2020 election coming close, many are left to wonder how the trial should affect their voting. It all comes down to if you believe Trump committed a crime or not. Despite the trials, he could still be reelected, making him the first President to run for reelection and be impeached in the same year. The recent droppouts of Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have began to thin the political waters and the November elections are drawing closer. Remember, your vote matters. Educating yourself on the candidates and what they stand for is very important in choosing a new political leader. If you are of age and have not registered to vote, make sure to register at https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote before the next election. 

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