In the present day of US politics, the partisanship, and polarization, it can be argued, is at an all- time high. Most political decisions and viewpoints nowadays come down to which side of the political aisle one identifies with; this is an unfortunate, but genuine reality.
Increasingly, there has been a growing movement within the country to impeach our current president, Donald Trump. This stems from the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration’s alleged collusion with Russia during the campaign season; however, it does not end there.
In the recent days and weeks, the Russia investigation has been ramped up since Trump’s abrupt firing of former FBI director James Comey. Now, Comey is publicly testifying to Congress that Trump pressured him to end the federal investigation into his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.
Flynn was ousted as National Security Adviser just weeks into Trump’s presidency after it was revealed that he misled the vice president about a meeting with Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
Thus, many are arguing that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice if it is found to be true that he did pressure Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn, which the former director was leading. Obstruction of justice is indeed an impeachable offense. The Constitution states that a sitting president can be impeached for committing “high crimes and misdemeanors”.
Unsurprisingly, and perhaps expected, people that want Trump impeached identify as Democrats. According to a new Politico poll, 71% of self-identified Democrats want Congress to impeach the president. On the other hand, 76% of self-identified Republicans believe Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings.
Despite people being in favoring of a Trump impeachment, which has reached an all-time high at 43%, most do not believe he is guilty of a high crime or misdemeanor. Out of the faction that is in favor of impeachment proceedings, 54% say he “has proven he is unfit to serve and should be removed from office, regardless of whether he committed an impeachable offense or not.”
Additionally, numerous left-leaning cities have passed resolutions to pressure Congress into beginning impeachment proceedings. Local governments do not have a say in this matter, but again the partisanship is evident. Some of the cities and towns that have drafted resolutions include Chicago, Los Angeles, and Amherst. It must be noted these areas voted against Trump during the 2016 general election.
Partisanship is a primary motive of this rising movement; therefore, I want to make it abundantly clear; a president cannot be impeached if people believe he is unfit for the job. Regardless of how one feels about Trump, he won the election and he is our president whether you like it or not. It is unfathomable that people want a president to be impeached solely based on the fact that they do not like him along with believing he is “unfit” to be president.
With that said, if Trump is found guilty of an impeachable offense, such as obstruction of justice, then impeachment proceedings are warranted.
We will just have to wait and see what comes of the Russia investigation.
–Contributed by: Bobby Amendola