Donald Trump Impeachment: Round Two

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Donald Trump Impeachment: Round Two
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Donald Trump impeachment arguments are back in the headlines. Here’s the latest Trump impeachment news, including what both sides are saying about the Democrats’ second effort to remove the sitting President.

Top story from POLITICO: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have secured enough votes to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol that left five dead. At least 218 Democrats have now signed onto an impeachment resolution, enough to pass the measure should it come to the floor later this week. Before proceeding to impeachment, the House will vote today on a resolution calling on the VP, Mike Pence, to invoke the 25th Amendment and trigger the process to remove Trump.” Here’s what both sides are saying about the Democrats’ second attempt to impeach President Trump:

On the left: Democrats and left-leaning outlets who support the Donald Trump impeachment efforts view it through a lens of accountability. The charge they are leveling against the President is for inciting “an insurrection against the government and the Constitution that he swore to uphold,” as Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island argues in an op-ed for the New York Times. Cicilline believes “… a conviction would allow Congress to prohibit him from ever serving in Federal office again.” Cicilline says “as lawmakers who have impeached this president once before, we do not take this responsibility lightly. In fact, it was not our first choice of action.” He says they “asked Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to quickly remove Mr. Trump from office.” They also “called on the president to resign.” Ultimately, “Days have passed, and it is clear that neither of those possibilities will be realized. So it is Congress’s responsibility to act.” Cicilline acknowledges that “some argue that another impeachment trial would further divide our country and further inflame Trump supporters. But the truth is that we do not have a choice. This impeachment charge is meant to defend the integrity of the republic.” He concludes by saying “there can be no healing of the divisions in our country without justice for the man most responsible for this horrific insurrection. The president must be held accountable.”

On the Right: A majority of Republicans and Conservative outlets think the Donald Trump impeachment efforts are an overreaction and will only further divide our country. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a White House appointed official at the US Agency for Global Media, begins by saying, “The president didn’t commit incitement or any other crime.” Shapiro urges readers to pay attention to the specifics in terms of what President Trump actually said and the timeline of events. He writes: “The president didn’t mention violence on Wednesday, much less provoke or incite it. He said, ‘I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.'” Shapiro points out that “When Mr. Trump spoke, there was no ‘public disturbance,’ only a rally. The ‘disturbance’ came later at the Capitol by a small minority who entered the perimeter and broke the law. They should be prosecuted.” He concludes by arguing that “The president’s critics want him charged for inflaming the emotions of angry Americans. That alone does not satisfy the elements of any criminal offense, and therefore his speech is protected by the Constitution that members of Congress are sworn to support and defend.”

Flag This: Americans are split in regards to the latest Donald Trump impeachment efforts. A host of surveys and polls—all taken within the past week—highlight the partisan divide. A PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 48 percent of respondents believed Trump should be removed from office before the end of his term. A YouGov survey found 50 percent believed it would be “appropriate” for Trump to be immediately removed from office. Elsewhere, an Axios/Ipsos poll found 51 percent of respondents said they want Trump immediately removed. And lastly, an ABC News/Ipsos poll found 56 percent of respondents believe Trump should be removed immediately; 43 percent said he should not be. In regards to public opinion surrounding the 25th Amendment, a Politico/Morning Consult survey found respondents preferred the 25th Amendment be used, with 49 percent of registered voters supporting that option, and 44 percent behind impeachment proceedings. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found 30 percent saying they believed Trump should be removed using the 25th Amendment and 14 percent saying he should be impeached and removed by Congress. 

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