Should President Trump be acquitted in the impeachment trial? | The Tylt
Senate Republicans have publicly stated they are against the impeachment trial and will be working with the President to bring the trial to a swift conclusion. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell in particular has been called out for what many perceive as stacking the rules in Trump's favor—the trial will take a total of 24 hours, split over three days, with the option for senators to subpoena witnesses and documents after both sides present their case. Some Republicans are looking forward to getting this over with, arguing it is a distraction from important projects in the Trump administration. Trump's opponents see impeachment, conviction and removal as the best opportunity to prevent further damage to our country—even though it is unlikely Republicans will do so. What do you think should happen?
Should President Trump be acquitted in the impeachment trial?
Republican politicians are sticking by President Trump. Despite the evidence, they insist Trump did nothing wrong, and even if he did, it wasn't a crime. This group claims impeachment is actually something akin to a coup—despite impeachment being a concept put forward by the Founding Fathers—and that Democrats have had it out against Trump from the beginning. To Republicans, Democrats are actually trying to subvert the will of the American people (despite the fact that Hillary Clinton received nearly 3,000,000 more votes than Trump in 2016).
The impeachment trial is a defense of our democracy. President Trump's tenure in office has been defined by an attack on institutions and values that are what actually make America great. Trump has favored the deregulation of the environment in a time of climate crisis, tax cuts for the rich in times of great inequality, and closing the doors to refugees fleeing the same terrorists we claim to fight. Impeachment goes beyond Trump—it is a defense of everything that makes America, America.
Here are some other perspectives from leaders who side with Trump.
Here are some more perspectives from Trump's opposition.