Impeachment Outcome

Isabella Viator '22, Magazine Editor

On December 18, 2019, amidst holiday preparations and festivities, the third president in US history was impeached: Donald J. Trump. After the initial shock and reactions, many Americans began to wonder what would happen next. Everyone under 18 in America had not been alive to see previous impeachments, and everyone else had not seen one since President Bill Clinton’s 1999. Many believed this meant he would be removed from office immediately, but this day was only the beginning of the very long trial.


Two months later on February 5, 2020, Trump was acquitted with a vote in his favor by the Senate. The proposed charges were abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Many Trump supporters stuck with him throughout the trial and joined him in regarding the impeachment trial as a “hoax.” Meanwhile, an increasing number of Republicans spoke out against him. This group, informally led by Senator Mitt Romney, criticized Trump for his abuse of the public trust. Mitt Romney was the only person ever to vote against party lines by voting that Donald Trump, a Republican, was guilty of the first article of impeachment, abuse of power. 


Democrats and other people have condemned Trump since his election, and were calling for his impeachment since day one, but the inquiry did not materialize until the Ukraine scandal. 


Many Americans were hyper-aware of the impeachment trial on the aforementioned dates, but very foggy during the two months in-between. There is a distinct difference between a trial for a parking ticket and an impeachment trial. The impeachment trial is less focused on criminal activity and more on political power. The question was never whether Trump did what he was being accused of doing. The real argument, the argument that has been going on in our government for as long as anyone can remember, is if our leader is making these actions to improve the country or to create personal gain.


Trump will be running for re-election in November 2020. He is the first president who has been impeached to run for re-election. He still holds strong to his denial of any wrongdoings, and after his acquittal, his approval rating surged. If President Trump is re-elected he will also be the first impeached president of the United States to be in office for a second term.