What The Impeachment Trial Means for Trump

Claudia Messina, Editor in Chief

The past few years with Trump as president have been nothing short of a soap opera. Filled with unexpected twists and turns and drama beyond belief. The current president has insulted and falsely accused several people and taken extremely radical positions on their beliefs. Due to his faulty character, it was no surprise when the FBI began to investigate the president. Shortly after the election, word spread that Russian intelligence may have been involved in the swaying of voter choices. The FBI decided to take action and, led mainly by Robert Meuller, began to investigate the president. After uncovering Russian interference in the election, the FBI looked further into Trump’s cabinet and close associates. Many lies were told by associates of Donald Trump to keep the shady actions of themselves and the president low key before the FBI uncovered the true extent of tampering and corruption surrounding the president. Towards the end of 2019, Trump was put on trial for impeachment under the charges of high crimes, misdemeanors, and power abuse. Trump’s reaction to the investigation was rather dramatic, exclaiming “If the Republican party had done this to the Democrats, if we had done this to President Obama, you’d have a hundred people in jail right now, it’d be treason.” 

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When the day of the trial finally reared its ugly head, the nation was left in somewhat expected disbelief. The results of the trial concluded Trump not guilty of impeachment charges and the investigations on his legitimacy were acquitted. Out of all the votes cast relating to the decision of guilty or not guilty, the ratio of guilty to not guilty was split fairly down the middle. Unfortunately, to impeach a president, the senate needs at least a two-thirds vote across both parties. It would be an overstatement to say that the residents of America were shocked because most know how severe the charges have to be for a president to be impeached and sadly, just being under-qualified and morally questionable don’t count as federal offenses. Even though Trump’s charges were acquitted and he is still back in the running for reelection, it will be significantly harder to gain votes among Americans. The tactic that Trump employed the last election that helped him win, besides Russian interference, was appealing to the undereducated radical population of America. Those votes, paired with the lack of voter participation and Russian interference are what won Trump his presidency this term. Inevitably, he will try to employ those same tactics again, but after all the drama that has happened and how much his actions and character have been called to question, it is safe to say that this time around, his once captive audience will be more cautious. Overall, the events of Donald Trump’s past term will unavoidably cost him this time around and make America realize the importance of character along with policy when deciding the next president.