The Impeachment Inquiry: Part 2
We ask a simple question: Should Donald Trump be impeached for colluding with foreign powers?
October 8, 2019
Over the past 3 years, one of the most debated topics in the United States is if President Donald Trump should be impeached. Recently, this thought was acted upon when Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, started the impeachment inquiry. Pelosi states, “The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the constitution.” So, as a young person interested in politics, I wanted to know my peer’s thoughts on the inquiry.
Nicole Baker: Pro impeachment
I believe that President Donald Trump should be impeached. Donald Trump is using the power of the presidency for his own personal gain and his own political interest. He has abused his power as president on multiple occasions. One of these occasions is with his original election. There was a lot of controversy on whether Donald Trump was involved with the Russians who were manipulating our election. It is very clear that involving another country in a United States election is a serious abuse of power. Whether or not this is true, he again not too long ago was asking the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son. You would think, even if he wasn’t involved with the Russians, he wouldn’t again involve foreign countries in a US election. The reason this whole phone call came to light, is that a whistleblower reported this phone call because they thought he was abusing his power as president. I think that he was abusing his power because Joe Biden is one of his competitors in the up and coming election. He has no right to be calling foreign countries about his competition in the election. This really is an example of Donald Trump abusing his power as president. In the US the country is split into two major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. This really makes things hard because it is not easy to make both sides happy. What we really need for this country is a president who makes decisions based on the needs for the Americans as a whole, and not just one political party. Once we have a president that can make decisions that help the people of the United States, we can keep moving forward as a country and improve important things that need to be focused on.
Matthew O’Connell: Anti-impeachment
I do not believe that President Donald J. Trump should be impeached for several reasons. But, the central reason is because of division. Impeachment is a very divisive measure. In 1998, when the Republican-controlled House decided to impeach President Bill Clinton for high crimes and misdemeanors, it completely backfired on the Republicans. It caused Clinton’s approval rating to skyrocket and it left many on the right in regret. On December 15-16, 1998, Clinton’s average approval rating stood at 63%, according to CNN, Gallup, and USA Today. After the impeachment verdict (Impeachment vote in the House on obstruction of justice: 221-212), Clinton’s average approval rating rose to 73%. Luckily for Clinton, he still got to remain in office. The Senate voted against his conviction 55-45 with 0 Democratic Senators voting yes and 10 Republican Senators voting no. So, essentially, this ultimately did nothing except increase the overall popularity of Clinton. A similar situation would likely happen with President Trump. NBC reported that the majority of House members now support some type of impeachment actions against the president, whether it’s an inquiry or article drafting. The exact number of representatives supporting impeachment is 225. Democrats are at 224 plus Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI). However, the Republican-controlled Senate would never convict the president, which is comparable to the result during the 1998 impeachment trial. After Speaker Pelosi launched a formal inquiry, Trump’s approval rating jumped to 53%, according to Rasmussen Reports. This is just proof that impeachment is not relatable with the majority of the American people. If the proceedings were successful, and the House decided to impeach the president, many in the media would guarantee his approval rating would soar. It could cause his base of voters to approve of him even more, and they would vote for him in the 2020 election without a doubt. The Democratic voting base would be satisfied with impeachment, however, it could cause many people to reject the party next year by attracting a decent amount of independent and moderate/conservative democratic voters to his reelection campaign as well. Personally, I like the president. I like his policies and I think he is much better than any other candidate running for president. However, there is a certain question that everyone should ask themselves. Is it really worth it to impeach him and make him gain popularity, or would it be better to try to beat him in 2020 with campaign issue and promises that can tempt voters to the Democratic field?