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On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time.
Following the mob of Trump supporters rioting the U.S. Capitol the week prior, the president has been charged with “incitement of insurrection,” making him the first president to be impeached twice.
Mr. Chavez commented, “We had three historic Wednesdays in a row. First was January 6 with the insurrection at the Capitol. Second was the impeachment on the eleventh. Third was the inauguration on the twentieth. Each of them had their own historic significance.”
The article of impeachment was formally introduced by the House Democrats on January 11, and on Wednesday, ten Republican representatives broke with their party lines to join Democrats in a 197-232 vote to impeach the president.
Junior Elena Walz ’21 remarked, “While I’m not the biggest fan of Trump, I still don’t think he should be found guilty because I interpreted his speech at the National Mall as a man clutching at strings to hold onto the presidency. With that being said, I believe that the violence and insurrection at the Capitol to be the work of right wing authoritarians who idolize Trump for his conservative policies and refusal to bow to the the media. I believe they acted of their own volition and Trump’s words should not be cause enough to find him guilty.”
With the charge going through in the House of Representatives, the trial moves to the Senate, where hearings will begin shortly.
Senior Lolani Blas ’21 stated, “President Trump’s impeachment was very well deserved, and I think he should also be found guilty. He lost a fair and legal election, and then attempted to overturn democracy with his supporters’ “protest” that was actually a full blown riot. There was absolutely no reason for this riot to happen, and whether or not he explicitly incited this violence, his supporters still did it on his behalf because he refused to believe he lost the election. He tried in every way to overturn the election he fairly lost, and as a result, people were hurt and democracy was threatened. As such, I don’t think he should have another chance to run [for office] because we, as a country, don’t need him to fuel the flames of division any more than he has for the past four years.”
If convicted by a 2/3 majority in the Senate, President Trump could lose the prospect of running for office in the future, as well as the privileges of former presidents such as lifetime pension, an annual travel budget, and funding for office and staff.