Senate’s vote to acquit Trump is the right move

Abby Murphy, Staff Writer

On December 15, nearly all of America tuned into their media outlets to watch the third impeachment in US history.

Donald Trump has had quite the controversial term in office, but many people assumed he would get away with it, consequence free, until the end of his term.

Members of the House of Representatives caught onto some of the corruption Trump has caused while in office and selected a few members to present why they think the president should be impeached on the grounds of abuse of power. The House then voted on whether or not they believed this was true. After a long wait, the issue at hand went to a Senate Trial.

Members of the House and the Senate presented why they thought the president should be impeached. The Senate Trial ruled Trump had not abused his power and had not caused an obstruction of justice. The charges against him were thus dropped.

We are all familiar with Richard Nixon, who resigned less than two years into his second term, right before his almost certain impeachment. Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach Nixon on the grounds of abuse of power. The “Smoking Gun Tape” was released proving that Nixon had sought to cover up his wrong doings and his chances of avoiding conviction faded significantly. He resigned because of the threat of impeachment.

Andrew Johnson was impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors mainly due to his violation of the Tenure of Office Act.

And of course, the impeachment of president Clinton made history when he was charged with lying under oath and obstruction of justice. This was mostly regarding his sexual relationship with 21-year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was impeached but the senate voted to keep him in office. According to Clinton, he was “profoundly sorry” for the burden his behavior caused on Congress and the American people.

Trump did not respond in such a way. He instead chose to retaliate toward the democrats and the one republican senator who voted for his conviction. He denounced “evil” and “crooked lawmakers” and the “top scum” at the FBI for trying to take him down.

The president’s team indicated that his desire to turn the tables may go beyond the vocal insults. A White House press secretary declared that democrats should “pay for” impeaching the president.

Trump calls it evil, corrupt and dirty, although it is clearly part of our constitution. Article II, Section 4 states, “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

This directly reflects how Trump desires his own glorification above upholding the promises of the Constitution. No one is immune to questioning in the USA, not even the president himself.

From the beginning, I have not been such a fan of Trump. I have always despised the way he treats others as if he is so far above them. “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military — only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” proves his poor treatment of women.

He presents people of color while referring to a Latina Miss Universe as “Miss Housekeeping,” and immigrants by saying, “They aren’t people. They’re animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and rate that’s never been done before,” makes me sick. But I did not want Trump to get removed from office because his vice president, Mike Pence, is far worse than he is.

Democrats cannot have everything they want. While I do believe Trump violated the grounds of his power, I know the impeachment process will only hurt the country more.

While Trump’s policies and general ways are highly controversial, Pence’s are even more radical.

The constitution clearly points out a separation between the church and state, but Pence calls himself a Christian, a conservative and a republican, in that order. He has claimed that he will not meet with a woman unless his wife. is present and promotes the idea that women do not belong in politics because it threatens national security. His strict religious philosophy also threatens the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community of America.

I am glad the House of Representatives took a stand against the wrongdoings of the president, but I am also satisfied with the outcome. Hopefully, the impeachment was enough to make Trump want to contain his controversial acts and result in reelection. I do believe he violated the constitution but am very happy with the senate’s decision to keep him in office.