The question has arisen in the minds of many regarding how American citizens truly feel about the Acquittal of Donald Trump. A survey that was recently conducted revealed that only around 33% of American adults agreed with the acquittal, and 44% of adults disagreed with his acquittal to some degree. This 44 % said they would have preferred that the president was removed from his position instead of being given another chance.
These numbers speak for themselves and they could be a foreshadowing of what is to come in the elections of November 2020. With such a strong disapproval rating from the general public, it is quite possible that Trump won’t find himself in the presidential seat again next year. However, elections can always be surprising, as we have clearly seen in the recent past, and there could easily be an unexpected turn of events.
Why was trump being impeached in the first place?
The main reason Trump was impeached on December 18.2019 was due to a phone call between himself and the president of Ukraine. During the phone call, Donald Trump urged Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into the affairs of the former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. However, during the trial it was decided that there was not enough evidence to prove that Trump’s phone call- and all the other allegations were enough of a reason for him to lose his position and, therefore, after many hours of intermittent debating, it was decided that he should be acquitted.
In previous years, only two other presidents; Andrew Johnson, and Bill Clinton were ever impeached, and both also did not lose their presidential status through the impeachment trial. The congress has, on the other hand, removed a total of 8 Federal judges through impeachment, but never a president. No president has ever lost their position through impeachment because- for obvious reasons- the Constitution purposely has made it very difficult to remove a president from their seat.
The process of impeachment begins in the House of Representatives with an inquiry. If the inquiry is found to be valid, it moves on to the full House for a vote. If there is a simple majority then the president will be impeached. In the final stage, the trial goes to the Senate and only two-thirds must find him or her guilty in order for the president to be removed from office.
In Trump’s case, two-thirds of the Senate did not find him guilty, so he escaped losing his position as the current president of the United States. Seeing as to how only 33% of American adults agreed to his total acquittal, it should be interesting to watch how much longer Trump is able to maintain his position, especially with the upcoming elections right around the corner.