President Trump faces the threat of impeachment

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Connor Fowler, Copy Editor

Sep. 24, 2019, will go down in American history, adding another president to the possibility of being removed from office. Only four others have faced this astounding charge: James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Clinton. Impeachment is a tumultuous word that feeds the chaos of the citizens’ mind. Some feel impeachment is an embarrassment to this nation or to the president, and this is especially evident when it comes to President Trump. Nancy Pelosi spoke: “The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. Therefore, today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

But why now? Why after 3 years? It’s quite simple. Pelosi understood that impeachment is a dangerous word to throw at someone. Impeachment cannot be achieved because Democrats cannot stand the man. They needed a smoking gun: the Ukraine scandal. Trump allegedly withheld funds to the Ukraine government in order to coerce them into investigating the Bidens and their business ties in Ukraine. This is highly controversial, as many believe Trump did this to guide his reelection campaign to victory against Biden’s campaign, and coercing a foreign power to intervene in our politics is illegal. Others say that the President is just simply ensuring that American citizens are protected from corruption, which is quite ironic considering Trump’s disastrous presidency so far.

Some are worried however, as the impeachment of the President would cause current V.P., Mike Pence, to take the position as leader of the free world. Pence has had his fair share of controversy as well. His first year as Governor of Indiana had an AIDS outbreak due to his closing of the only Planned Parenthood in Scott County, where most went to have HIV testing done. 

“I don’t think he [Trump] should be impeached only because Pence would be in office, and I think that it would be worse if Pence was in office,” said Rachel Maddox, class of 2020. Maddox continued, conflicted upon Trump’s impeachment, “What Trump did was inexcusable, but Pence is smarter and way more conservative. I feel Pence would cause us to have a worse experience than we do with Trump.”

The government, too, is conflicted. House Democrats are standing firm on their position, just as Senate Republicans. It is most probable that Trump will be impeached in the House but the Senate may vote no or just refuse to hear the vote altogether. If the House votes for impeachment while the Senate votes no, it’s still a permanent stain upon Trump’s presidency.

“Basically,  it means that formal charges were brought against him, but the Senate found he wasn’t guilty,” William Rowald, Government and Economics teacher, explained.

Whether Trump is impeached or not, we are experiencing the history books being revised. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience in American history.