2 Impeachments, 1 Term

Almost exactly a year after his first impeachment President Donald J. Trump has done the impossible: he got impeached again. In the most bipartisan vote to date, the United States House of Representatives found the president guilty of crimes against the country. Trump incited rioters and terrorists, whom he addressed, saying “we love you. You’re very special” in a video he himself tweeted out (his twitter has since been banned indefinitely). The Senate will not reconvene until January 19th, the day before the transition of power, which everyone left-of- insane is hoping will be peaceful, meaning that Trump will likely not be removed from office before his term ends.

According to Pew Research Center, Trump will be leaving office with the lowest approval rating of his term: 29%. This is also leading him to be on track to have the lowest approval rating of any president in modern history. While the proceedings of the Senate will technically determine Trump’s legal consequences, a question arises: is the impeachment enough? Last time Trump got impeached the Senate didn’t indict him, claiming that he would be taught a lesson simply from being impeached. He very obviously did not learn a lesson.

Over 17 Republican Senators would have to vote to indict Trump in the Senate session on January 19th, which would be practically impossible. Trump will get off without a scratch to his record or ego, as his cult-followers will, for some reason unknown to those with a brain cell, always believe and defend him.

Trump’s presidency has forced children, teenagers, and everyone to grow up and be hyper aware of the world around us. Many people are now looking at the world through a much more cynical lens; “everything about the situation should be utterly astounding. but after the past year, nothing surprises me anymore” says Weston High School senior, Vanessa Sparagna. Her classmate Emily Burr agreed, saying “yeah, I really just wasn’t surprised.”

In a sense it’s unfair. It’s unfair that one wretched man can affect not just the 300 million citizens of the United States, but can affect the 7.8 billion people in the world. It’s unfair that 17 year olds are forced to be unsurprised about something that should be a once in a lifetime experience. It’s unfair that the so-called President Donald Trump will likely continue living the lavish, carefree life of a millionaire, with no thought of his failure to our country and as a person.

Trump on January 13th, 2021, image from CNN

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