Will Trump Triumph?
What is Impeachment?
If you have watched the news lately, you know that Trump might face impeachment. But what exactly is impeachment? Many believe that impeachment is the removal of the President from office. In reality, however, impeachment is the indictment by the House of Representatives. For instance, two U.S. presidents were impeached, neither removed from office (i.e., Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton). As Michael Collins puts it, “Impeachment is nothing more than the approval of formal charges against a president…it’s like an indictment in a criminal proceeding.” So, if the House moves to impeach, the Senate will determine whether the President gets removed from office. An unlikely event--an event never to occur in American history.
In other words, if President Trump is impeached, he might very well continue to serve out his term. As Tara Law explains in the Time article “What to Know About the U.S. Presidents, “… history shows that if a President is to be impeached, the biggest factor may be political will — whether members of a President’s own party are willing to turn against him, and whether enough members of Congress believe that trying to remove the President is worth the risk of losing popular support.”
Congress, Think Twice
Lastly, the 2020 Presidential Election is not that far off. Why not let the people themselves decide if they want Trump to continue as President? Perhaps this is why there is so much hesitation on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s part, no?
In conclusion, if the Congress fails to impeach and remove Trump, we already had the preview of what Trump will say—or tweet. A ‘witch hunt’ is the way he has described it in the past. Plus, Pelosi and Schumer ought to embrace themselves for a whole array of new nicknames. In light of all this, perhaps an impeachment trial is not the way to go, right?
Collins, Michael. “What Would It Take to Impeach Donald Trump.” USA Today.
Law, Tara. “What to Know About the U.S. Presidents Who’ve Been Impeached.
Time. http://time.com/5552679/impeached-presidents/ Online.