By Milette Millington
Published: November 29th, 2017
During his presidency, President Donald Trump has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, proposed ObamaCare repeal, and imposed additional sanctions on North Korea. I believe that President Trump’s impeachment hearings will be very successful, considering the fact that many of his fellow Republicans in Congress, such as Rep. Bob Corker, think that he is very much unfit for office. Actions such as firing former FBI Director James Comey, violating the Emoluments clause by continuing to frequently profit from his businesses, and undermining the freedom of the press, should not be things that the President of the United States ever does.
The decision by President Trump to fire Comey was made in early May of this year. An article written by Josh Gerstein and Josh Dawsey published for Politico on Sept. 1, stated the reason for President Trump’s decision, according to one of his advisers at the time: “In the prior weeks, Trump was increasingly obsessed with Comey and concerned that he was disloyal to the administration.”
According to an article written by Safia Samee Ali published for NBC News on June 12, the Emoluments Clause says, “no person holding any office of profit or trust under them [the United States], shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatsoever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” The clause was put into the United States Constitution as a way of preventing all officials who have positions in the judicial and executive branches of our nation’s government, from accepting any foreign gifts or payments. Sarah Posner, in her Aug. 11 article for The Washington Post, says, “The Trump Hotel is the most blatant example of how Trump is selling the presidency … It doesn’t come cheap: Guests have paid, on average, $652.98 a night to stay there, according to the Post investigation; a special cocktail in the bar costs $100, and a bartender might try to sell you a $2,500 bottle of bubbly … patrons are eager to post about reveling in the opulence and in praise of the Trump brand.”
In February, President Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). According to an article written by Joel Simon published for The New York Times on Feb. 25, Trump “took his anti-media rhetoric to a new level, doubling down on his description of journalists as ‘the enemy of the people’ and calling for an end of the use of anonymous sources.” The article by Simon continues on to say, “The unrelenting attacks on the news media damage American democracy. They appear to be part of a deliberate strategy to undermine public confidence and trust by sowing confusion and uncertainty about what is true. … This is not just a matter of United States prestige. At a time when journalists around the world are being killed and imprisoned in record numbers, Mr. Trump’s relentless tirades against ‘fake news’ are emboldening autocrats and depriving threatened and endangered journalists of one of their strongest supporters — the United States government.”
Based on the information above, I do feel that we have more than enough information to impeach President Trump, and that we should impeach him now before things get any worse. I do not think that we would be satisfied with the presidency of Vice President Mike Pence because he has different views than President Trump and his fellow Republicans. I also think that comes with its own problems because many American people, both Republicans and Democrats, may feel the same way they do under Trump right now. An article by Tara Golshan published on Oct. 4 of last year for Vox.com says, “Free trade kills American jobs, according to Trump. Pence backed trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea, Panama, Peru, Oman, Chile and Singapore during his House tenure from 2001 through 2012. He voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA.”
Certain Republicans have been under fire for defending Trump’s un-presidential behaviors and actions, and I do think that the question of whether or not we have substantial facts plays into that. I feel that Republicans defending Trump for those actions that are both presidential and un-presidential will lead to a strong party divide between them. Trump, as president, has a strong base of Republicans who have supported him throughout his campaign and in his presidency so far. Because of that, they will defend him whenever he says anything, regardless of whether or not it’s positive or negative.