Imagine the CEO of one of the largest companies in the world. This individual has potentially used illegal methods to rise to his position, fired the person responsible for calling out his wrongdoings, and, most recently, called on allies to ensure that others are unable to take his position in the future. The many examples of his hypocrisy and opposition to anyone who opposes him highlight his record of unsettling actions. Is it also notable to mention that the CEO is only popular among 41% of the workers in the company?
If you haven’t discovered already, the company isn’t really a company, it is the United States of America, and the CEO is not actually a CEO, although he famously was earlier in his career; this mysterious and corrupt individual is none other than President Donald Trump. Accusations of Trump-endorsed Russian meddling in the 2016 election, government interference in the Robert Mueller Investigation, and asking Ukrainian officials for incriminating information on the former vice president and top 2020 Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, all highlight the reprehensible behavior of the most powerful man in the country.
With numerous allegations and evidence stacking against Trump, Congress opened its doors to a possible impeachment. The Democrats jumped on this opportunity, campaigning the start a lengthy process that, if successful, would remove Trump from office or tarnish his reputation enough to prevent a reelection. July 26th, 2019 marked the start of formal impeachment hearings. The House Judiciary Committee deemed it necessary to proceed with their efforts in a more systematic manner, calling to hold hearings for witnesses with crucial information. Once this was accomplished, a formal request to start the investigation was submitted, voted on, and passed, thus commencing a process so many called for the moment he was elected.
On September 24th, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated the fight by announcing the three charges President Trump is accused of, as well as the committees that are leading the impeachment investigation. Pelosi and the committees claim that Donald Trump betrayed his oath of office, US national security, and the integrity of the country’s elections. To many, these crimes mandate Trump be removed from office. The main question is: can Congress garner enough evidence and reason to impeach the president?
In the wake of the whistleblower scandal, one of Trump’s many antics that has plastered headlines for the past month, the support for an impeachment inquiry is on the rise. In retaliation, President Trump has gone to say that this impeachment trial may turn out to be “a positive” to his 2020 reelection campaign, a claim many have laughed at. In the public eye, some believe it may be too late to remove Trump from the presidency, with one student saying that, “the election is next year so even if he was to get impeached, the election would be right after.” There is some truth to this statement. The approaching election creates a sense of urgency in the Democrats and limits the time window of the investigation. If the process fails, the next general election could look very similar to 2016.
No matter the amount of evidence, the fact that President Trump is even facing impeachment shows a common dissatisfaction among politicians with him. Combining the growing number of those who are unhappy with the president’s job thus far with this progressing process shows the reality of this presidency: split. Many claim that Trump fights for them, while others feel that all his fighting is doing nothing but cause hate and deviseness. With a split crowd as dense as the one we have today, bipartisan politics are more relevant than ever, and voting has become more based on party rather than policy. In George Washington’s farewell address, he encouraged Americans to avert a bipartisan country, warning of the destruction it would bring to the US. Despite his truthful words, the rivalry between Republicans and Democrats is the indefinite future of this country’s politics.
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