Trump’s impeachment

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 13: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signs an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection, following Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to use the 25th amendment to remove him from office for his role in the breach of the U.S. Capitol last week. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Abbie DeKramer, News Editor

At the beginning of the 2020 year, nationwide chaos sparked when the President of the United States was lawfully impeached on Jan. 16. With the global spotlight on the United States and the new year beginning, Donald Trump has once again made history by being the first president to ever be impeached twice by the House. 

 Initially, speaker Nancy Pelosi led Democrats in articulating the importance of Vice President Pence invoking the 25th amendment, which would deem Trump unfit to serve as President. Pence refused and Pelosi, Democrats and 10 Republicans went forward with impeachment in the House. Trump was charged with ‘incitement of insurrection’ after the Capitol was violently raided last week. House members alleged Trump encouraged the mob of his supporters to charge the Capitol as a final effort to overturn Joe Biden’s election win.

First, it is important to identify the exact wording Trump used to incite said violence. Moments before the Capitol was raided, supporters attended a “Save America” rally near the capital where Trump spoke for 70 minutes. Here are some lines from his speech… 

“We won this election, and we won it by a landslide.”

This quote in particular can be found in the impeachment documents presented by the Democrat party of the House. This false statement is the foundation for Democrat’s case of ‘inciting’. Even with no substance to the claim, asserting that the election was fraudulent should not be accepted by the American people or government provided the justification for the raiding of the Capitol.  

“We will stop the steal.”

Trump re-articulated a common hashtag used by his supporters to continue to claim a fraudulent election. Once again the House was able to use this statement as another piece of evidence for Trump inciting the coup. 

“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen.”

Trump proceeded in creating the baseless anger that caused the Capital to be stormed. Moments after, he stated “You will have an illegitimate president. That is what you will have, and we can’t let that happen.” 

“If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

On the charge sheet presented by the House of Representatives this quote is largely included. 

 

After Trump finished his speech, groups of his supporters took a short walk to Congress, where they proceeded to storm the Capitol. As of now, the charges have been sent to the majority Republican senate where Trump will be put on trial.