Orange is the New Peach

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This screenshot shows Donald Trump’s reaction to Senator Mitt Romney’s vote to remove him from office (Photo courtesy of Sarah Neal).

On December 18, 2019, President Donald J. Trump became the third president to be impeached only a few months away from the end of his first term. The New York Times shares that the House of Representatives impeached Trump for abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine. In 2019, various people began reporting on meetings between Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and Ukrainians. Giuliani was trying to persuade Ukraine to admit to former Vice-President Joe Biden pressuring the Ukrainian government about corruption prosecutions. He was also tried for obstruction of Congress linked to his efforts to stonewall the impeachment inquiry. Trump was accused of directing the unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas. Senators from both political parties were arguing back and forth during Trump’s hearing. 

“There was no proof behind any of the accusations against the president for a said “quid pro quo.” There was a cumulative day worth of testimony on each side and the only thing the Democrats could bring up was “he has abused power and must be removed”, without any legitimate illegal activity to back up their claims. If he had, he would run again in 2020 and most likely win. That the Democrats used impeachment as a political weapon. They had no actual reason to impeach the president other than conflicting agendas. The Democrats have built up a track record of crazy behavior. Impeachment will not have a negative impact on the rest of Trump’s presidency. If anything, he will use the failed attempt of removal as fuel for his reelection.” Junior Cody Vogel tells the Bengal Beat.

In order to remove a president from office, two-thirds, or 66 votes, of the Senate is required for conviction. According to Vox, Senators voted 52-48 to acquit Trump on abuse of power, and 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress. Interestingly enough, Mitt Romney is the first US Senator in history to vote to remove a president from his or her own party. President Trump later wrote on Twitter, “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!” 

The two political parties, Democrats and Republicans, have been at each other’s throats since the birth of our nation. The only president to not be a part of a political party was George Washington. In his farewell address, Washington said, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterward the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” Washington warned his new country about the creation of political parties, but he was ignored. Democratic and Republican presidents, representatives, senators, and even citizens are constantly and publicly fighting with each other. Even news channels that are inclined to favor a party, like Fox News and NBC, are endlessly degrading the other.

“I do think the impeachment should’ve gone a different way, but I also think a little bit of it is just for the two parties to publicly fight. A lot of things that are being settled in court would be appropriate outside of court, and I know there’s a lot of tension between Trump and the Democratic party and Trump and a lot of minority parties in America. So, I don’t think the whole trial was just for a fight but I do think it factors into it,” said junior Carson Forrester.

The Washington Post discusses how Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic speaker of the United States House of Representatives was shown ripping up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address. She described his address as a “manifesto of mistruths.” Pelosi’s reaction has set a poor image for her party and herself. Her reaction allows for the Republican party to argue with Pelosi and degrade her for her response to Donald Trump’s acquittal.

“Pelosi’s reaction was a childish act and showed no class. The thoughtful and touching moments that were in that state of the union speech were walked upon by that act. It showed extreme disregard for everything that that speech encompassed. There was no need for impeachment. He was not going to be removed from office in the Senate.” Vogel added.

The trials began on January 16, 2020, and concluded with his acquittal on February 5. The impeachment trials lasted almost three months and cost over $13 million dollars; $3 million for the cost of the House investigations and impeachment and $10 million for the cost of the Senate trial. 

So, was the trial even worth it?