Trump Impeached Again

Zachary Gordon, Reporting Journalist

Just one week after the violent riot in Washington DC that left five people dead, the US House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection. Trump is the first President in history to be impeached twice.

On January 6, while Congress met to certify Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s victory in the 2020 election, Trump spoke to a crowd of his supporters at a park near the White House. Still claiming that the election was fraudulently stolen from him, the President told those gathered “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Trump’s supporters took this call to heart, and that afternoon they descended upon the Capitol. In the ensuing hours, the protesters breached the building, shattered windows and scaled federal walls. In images posted online by the rioters themselves, they can be seen illegally accessing the lobby, Speaker Pelosi’s office, and even the main Senate chamber.

The outnumbered Capitol police could not contain the chaos of the mob. Lawmakers and the Vice President were evacuated, the National Guard was called in, and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted a citywide curfew. As the dust settled around the evening of January 6, few arrests had been made, and the entire nation was in shock, struggling to comprehend the first invasion of the Capitol building since the War of 1812.

Immediately after the riot, many people began calling for the removal of President Trump from office. While most calls initially came from Democrats, some members of Trump’s own party have since expressed their desire for him to leave his position. In the House vote on Wednesday, ten Republican lawmakers voted against the President, a stark contrast from the strictly partisan proceedings seen during Trump’s first impeachment last year.

Now that the House has voted, Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial will likely begin next week. While the majority of the proceedings will take place after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, a Senate conviction would strip President Trump of his executive post-office benefits as well as bar him from running for federal office in the future.