Written by: Jessica
Edited by: Keitaro
Visual by: Anushka
Over a year ago, Donald Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Following the Capitol riots in Washington D.C, Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached for the second time.
Prior to the riots, Trump spoke at a ‘Save America’ rally where he disputed the election results and continued to make false claims. He urged his supporters to storm the Capitol building, where politicians had gathered to confirm Joe Biden’s win. Moments after the rally, pro-Trump protestors, some carrying firearms and riot shields, stormed into the Capitol building.
Members of Congress took shelter as violence ensued–doors were broken down and windows were smashed. The riot resulted in 5 deaths, more than 70 people charged as prosecutors predict arrests to increase into the hundreds. U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, said that investigators have identified more than 170 people who may have committed crimes in the Capitol. He warned that investigations would take months or longer. According to Steven D’Antuono, head of the F.B.I.’s Washington field office, the F.B.I has collected 100,000 pieces of digital media.
The impeachment article states that Trump, “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted” and “wilfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol.” It continues to read that, “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office.”
The house, all Democrats along with 10 Republicans, voted 232 to 197 to charge Trump for, “inciting violence against the government of the United States.”
The impeachment article will be sent to the Senate and a trial will soon be held. Two thirds of the majority, a minimum of 17 Republicans having to vote with Democrats, are needed to condemn Trump. If condemned, another vote could be held by lawmakers to prevent him from running for elected office again.
After the impeachment vote, Trump said “violence and vandalism have no place in our country… No true supporter of mine would ever endorse political violence,” with no mention of his impeachment and acknowledgement towards Biden’s presidency.
In the ISM community, Ela, a freshman, says that “the impeachment brought upon president Trump was justified through his actions throughout his presidency. By abusing his power with the Ukraine government earlier in 2020, to instigating the horrible riots recently, Trump should be held accountable for his actions.”
Kailani, a sophomore, believes that “Trump being impeached for a second time is just straight up embarrassing not only on behalf of his administration, but also on the behalf of the United States as a whole. I definitely think that all this impeachment is going to do is to cause more chaos than the administration has already caused during their last few days in office.”
Trump’s impeachment trial also gives Biden challenges to execute his plans for his first 100 days, a crucial time for a new president. Kailani also says it’s a shame that the “Trump administration is doing whatever they can to leave the office a mess for Biden.” With the Senate preoccupied with Trump’s impeachment, this would mean a delay in confirming administration appointees.
Trump’s impeachment has arguably divided America, affecting his legacy and Biden’s transition into president. Only time will tell the future of Trump and the United States.