Impeachment Aftermath

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MATTHEWS, NC – Unless you live under a rock, the chances are good that you know President Donald J. Trump, America’s 45th and current president, has become the third president to be impeached. 

A call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was brought to light by an unnamed whistleblower. It was during this call that Trump allegedly urged Zelensky to investigate  Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Additionally, a U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, Mr. Bill Taylor, asserted Mr. Trump made it clear during the call that Ukraine’s receipt of $400 million of U.S. military aid depended upon the Biden investigation. 

These allegations were said to display an abuse of power by the president. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress and resisting congressional inquiry. 

However, Trump contends his request that Ukraine investigate the Bidens was aboveboard, and Ukraine’s president said he felt no pressure. 

Regardless of Trump’s defense, the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, approved articles of impeachment,  abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and on December 18, 2019, President Trump was impeached. 

After the articles of impeachment were delivered to the U.S. Senate, the senate rejected calling more witnesses in a 51- 49 vote, leading to the president’s acquittal of both impeachment charges on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 

What will be the repercussions of this impeachment? 

The impeachment issue seems to be fueling the increasing polarization in our nation. Gerald F. Seib, executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal, said, “Unlike past impeachment debates over Presidents Nixon and Clinton, this one uncovered little to no common ground between the two parties.” 

The gap between the right and the left seems to be widening, making for an increasingly dissonant nation.  Both sides emphatically believe that either the president is unfit for office or that the impeachment was politically motivated. 

Brad Parscale, President Trump’s reelection campaign manager said, “This impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”  Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. said, “You cannot be on the side of this president and be on the side of truth.” Only Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah voted against his Republican party to convict the president.  

The impeachment has left an undeniable gash between the two parties, leading to increasing polarization with no signs of slowing. 

 

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