Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, after the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach him for “incitement of insurrection,” referring to last week’s events at the Capitol. Ten members of the Republican party joined with their Democratic colleagues to vote for his impeachment. In order to complete the impeachment process, the Senate would need a two-thirds vote by January 19th, which marks Trump’s last day in office. Many say a conviction is unlikely because of the short time remaining.
The Left believes Trump should be impeached even if that means it must happen after his term is over and Biden is already sworn in. Although impeachment would not automatically revoke Trump’s ability to run for office again, his impeachment would allow for another vote to do so – a move Democrats believe is absolutely necessary. An article from The New York Times noted that there is “no precedent, however, for disqualifying a president from future office” – or impeaching him after his term is already finished – and stated the case could likely end up at the Supreme Court. Prior to the House vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi eagerly called on members to “ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.” CNN’s Steven Holmes wrote, “Trump sat on his hands, watching the invasion of the Capitol on TV, ignoring pleas from current and former staff, as well as from frightened Republican lawmakers hiding from the rampaging mob, that he do something to call off his supporters.”
“Donald Trump has waged an unceasing insurrection against our laws and Constitution since he lost the election, capped off by inciting a domestic terror attack on our nation’s Capitol. It is now the responsibility of the Senate to convene immediately and hold an impeachment trial.”Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
The Right, as shown by the House of Representatives, is mixed in their stance. Sean Hannity, political commentator and talk show host, called the impeachment attempt a “detrimental…rush to judgement.” He noted the Left’s gross double standard and pointed out the “constant stream of violent rhetoric from Democrats over the past four years.” Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, a former life-long Democrat who declared his support for President Trump in the summer of 2020, wrote, “The ten House Republicans who voted for impeachment have no future within the Republican Party. Moreover, you were used and manipulated by Democrats.”
“Democrats are now triumphant in Washington. If they really want to calm political tempers, they’ll drop an impeachment trial and let Mr. Trump slink away to Florida…The shame is that Democrats seem so obsessed with Mr. Trump that they are the ones who can’t let him go even after they’ve won.”The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
J. Michael Luttig, an attorney and former U.S. Circuit Judge, argued that, contrary to what many are saying, Congress “loses its constitutional authority to continue impeachment proceedings against [Trump]” after he is out of office.