President Donald Trump has become the first U.S. President to have been impeached twice.
A week after a crowd of MAGA hats stormed Capitol Hill, the United States Congress, in an historical event, has impeached Donald Trump for a second time.
With only 7 days left before Joe Biden’s inauguration day, 231 congress representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted in favour of the impeachment of President Trump for “High crimes and misdemeanours,” evoking articles of “Incitement of Insurrection.”
Those who voted in favour of impeaching Trump argued that the insurgence last Wednesday was an attack on democracy and that the sitting president still represents a threat to national security. The Majority leader of the House, Nancy Palosi (D-CAL), called Trump a “clear and present danger”.
Republicans that voted against the proceeding claimed the process was too rushed, calling it a hoax and a witch-hunt. This is the first time in American history that a president has been impeached twice.
The vote took place whilst the Capitol, and a major part of Washington DC, were on security lockdown, with over 6600 national guards assisting capitol police. As if it were a scene out of an action movie, Congress and Senate corridors saw hundreds of well equipped, camouflaged soldiers. The Pentagon has announced that it will have 15,000 troops guard the area by inauguration day, on January 20th.
Following the impeachment in Congress, the impeachment efforts will now head to the Senate. Republican Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has been reported to be in favor of voting to remove Trump from office, however, he has announced that the discussion will only officially go to the floor when Senate returns from recession on January 19th; a day before Biden’s inauguration. This would probably mean that, even if convicted by the Senate, Trump would still be able to finish serving his first term in office.
However, the impeachment conviction would preclude Trump from running for office in the future, which is something that he has previously hinted at.
McConnell is reported to have qualms with President Trump, and he has indicated interest in getting the president expelled from the Republican Party according to CNN. Additionally, two Republican senators (Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska) have called for the president to resign, and congress Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), claims Trump “bears responsibility” for the insurgence, but opposes the impeachment in such short notice.
Tensions between Trump and the Republican Party have been brewing for some time now, however they ramped up most recently following news that Trump had engaged in a heated argument with Mike Pence.
The argument centred around rumours that Pence would enact the 25th Amendment, which would deem Trump unfit to hold office, to which Trump allegedly responded that “either you can go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a pussy.”
After being permanently banned from Twitter and – at least until the end of his term – from Facebook platforms, now, Trump is banned from Deutsche Bank, the PGA (Professional Golf Association) and the City of New York have cut ties with the president and his organizations. PGA president, Jim Richardson, along with the association’s board, has voted to pull out their tournaments from Trump golf courses, a revenue stream of over US$17 million, whilst NY city mayor, Bill de Blasio, has cancelled all city contracts with the Trump organization.
As it appears, Donald Trump will be able to remain in office until the end of his term, next week.