Updated: Oct 12, 2019
Donald Trump. This name has the power to cause a vast amount of arguments, which have only intensified in recent weeks as the possible impeachment of Trump is discussed.
Many Americans wish for the impeachment of Trump due to many reasons. One reason is because of a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian government, a call that the House of Representatives found out about through an unidentified source.
The Democrats within the House of Representatives, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are making the accusation that Trump had told the Ukrainian president that he would give him the foreign aid money if, and only if, he investigated the Biden family.
Joe Biden, vice president during the Obama administration and current presidential candidate, was leading foreign policy with the Ukraine. During that time, his son, Hunter Biden, was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. Therefore, it is unclear if a possible conflict of interest existed, hence the idea that the Bidens needed to be investigated.
In order for Trump to be impeached, the House of Representatives, which has a democratic majority, would have to vote to impeach him. After that, the Senate would have to vote for him to be impeached as well.
While the future outcome is unclear, many Salisbury students are skeptical about an impeachment due to the approval by the Senate and House of Representatives that is needed.
“Honestly, I don’t think he [Trump] will [be impeached] … the House or the Senate, one of them has to vote on it, and I know one of them is majority Republican, so it is probably not going to get through there [the House and Senate] anyway … so I think it will get blocked in one of those two places,” junior Neversom Simms-Clark stated.
Other students are concerned that the impeachment will be stopped due to the time constraint that is created by the upcoming election in 2020.
“I don’t really think they are going to go through with it. I just feel like it’s all talk. The election is coming up very soon, so it’s just like, I don’t think they are going to be able to do it before next year, [in] 2020, when we have a new election,” Kmora Madison, a sophomore at SU, stated.
Students at Salisbury are also uncertain about the impeachment’s actual occurrence due to the history surrounding impeachments. Only two presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, have faced possible impeachment. The impeachment did not occur in the end for either president.
“I doubt that he will be. The last two presidents that came close to it ran away before it went down, so I doubt that we will actually be able to hold him down enough to impeach him, or if they finally do bring it to court, it’ll be too late and he’ll be out of the running anyway,” junior Samantha Goldberg stated.
Though unsure about the chance of the impeachment actually occurring, many students at Salisbury believe that an impeachment is necessary.
“I personally do think he should be impeached. I think that there’s quite a bit of things that I don’t personally agree with and I think are against what we should have as a presidential candidate and that we should not have representing our beautiful country,” stated Goldberg.
Other students, however, believe that it would be in the best interest of the United States to not impeach Trump due to the disorder and divide that it would cause in the nation.
“I don’t think he will be impeached, because he only has, like, a year left, so I feel like we should just ride it out, because if he becomes impeached, there will be so much chaos within the nation,” sophomore Hallie Hyers stated.
By LAURA AMRHEIM
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