Grace Gillepsie, Staff Writer
There have only been two successful impeachments in the United States, but could there be another on the horizon? In the year 1787, James Madison stood in front of fifty-five other men at the Constitutional Convention claiming that impeachment should be enacted when necessary. Madison suggested the president, “might betray his trust to foreign powers.” President Trump had a phone call with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, 2019. The transcript of the phone call was released by the White House. With the transcript released, Donald Trump is accused of holding back military aid approved by Congress for Ukraine unless they agree to uncover negative information about Joe Biden, a former vice-president and competitor for the 2020 election.
Donald Trump has stated in the phone call, “The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”
Currently, the country is faced with the reality that an impeachment could possibly happen.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated on the impeachment inquiry that, “…this is a sad step we have to take, but sadly, we have no other choice.”
Pelosi believes the act of trying to get another country to meddle in our elections is unpatriotic and actions must be dealt with.
Fox News argues that this issue is not about constitutional obligations, but about Democrats not wanting Trump to be re-elected in 2020. They believe that this is another scheme like the Mueller Report to amplify the media and make Trump look worse than what is going on. Many Republican Senators are staying quiet about this situation. Some Republicans are starting to disapprove of the actions of the President. Historically speaking, impeachment never starts out as a popular event. Support for impeachment during the Nixon administration started at 19 percent when the Watergate scandal broke, but gradually rose to 57 percent. Ultimately, Nixon resigned before the impeachment process could start. What makes this case different is how drastically the numbers rose. This may be due to the serious nature of the allegations against the President and the fact that technology has advanced, making media coverage more accessible. MSNBC has taken a poll showing that 55 percent of Americans approve the impeachment and 45 percent disapprove the impeachment. While this is a small majority, more information that will come available will lead to how the public will react and we will see change in those numbers.
Saint Martin’s University students have differing opinions on the topic of impeachment. Business Administration major Ryan Driscoll stated that he does not believe Trump should be impeached, and that he had not heard about the Ukraine transcript before. Overall, Driscoll’s reasonings were that there was not enough information available and that Trump had not received any gains from the accusations. A student who wished to remain anonymous believed that Trump should be impeached. In addition, they are aware of the Ukraine whistleblower case. Their reasoning was that since the beginning, riots have broken out more intensely than normal for a president. He has said controversial things about women and minorities. Although many of his comments were made before his presidency, it still shows his character. Carly James, who is a Nursing Major, said that she briefly heard of the Whistleblower issue but believes that Trump should and deserves to be impeached. Her reasonings were that the Ukraine conflict is similar to the Watergate situation during Nixon’s presidency.
As we can see, there is no official answer whether Trump will be impeached or not, but the small majority supporting the act to impeach him has the potential to gain momentum.