Calls for impeachment as Trump loses Congress
Is it the beginning of the end for Trump? The Democrats won the House of Representatives last night, shackling his power. Exit polls by CNN show that 40% of voters now want him impeached.
It was billed as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, and one of the most crucial midterms ever. “Everything we have achieved is at stake,” Trump proclaimed in a rallying cry to his supporters.
In the end, voters turned against him.
Though they held the Senate, gaining three seats, the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives. Trump called the Democrats at 5:00am this morning to congratulate them on their victory.
But what does this mean for him?
He remains president, but his power is severely limited. Losing control of the House makes it almost impossible for him to pass new laws.
But for many voters, the midterms were about more than politics. “The very character of our country is on the ballot,” former Vice-President Joe Biden declared this week.
Trump had lead a racially charged campaign. He stoked fear of an impending migrant “invasion” and, at one point, shared an incendiary video portraying immigrants as violent criminals. Condemned by many as “racist”, even Trump-friendly Fox News stopped broadcasting it.
This divisive approach backfired, as the Democrats secured a surge in turnout across the country.
More dramatic battles are on the horizon. With their House majority, Democrats could try to impeach Trump and remove him from office.
Is this the beginning of Trump’s downfall?
Of course, some argue. The Democrats hold the power now. The Russia investigation is getting ever closer to Trump. If it implicates him directly, his opponents will have ample ammunition to impeach him.
Not so fast, other respond. The Democrats know that impeaching Trump could backfire. Any whiff of a plot to remove him would enrage his supporters and inflame political divides even further. Trump is not done yet.
- Would you vote for Donald Trump in 2020?
- Consider the term “politician”. In one minute, write down all the words and phrases that you associate with it. Share your thoughts with the class. What does this tell you about how politicians are viewed? Why do you think people think like this?
Some People Say...
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”Abraham Lincoln
What do you think?
Q & A
- What do we know?
- Midterm elections often end badly for the sitting president. On average, the president’s party has lost 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate in every midterm since the Civil War.
- What do we not know?
- If the Democrats will try to remove Trump from office before the 2020 election.
- American general elections in which the president is not up for re-election are held every four years, near the midpoint of a president’s four-year term.
- House of Representatives
- Branch of the government which makes and passes federal laws, in tandem with the Senate.
- Trump repeatedly stirred fears regarding a caravan of immigrants approaching America from Mexico.
- Charging the president with serious misconduct, potentially leading to his removal from office. To bring charges, impeachment must be voted through in the House, and then the Senate.