Nov. 9 marked the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States. While many citizens and politicians celebrated Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, others were left shocked, confused and disappointed. When Trump’s reign officially began on Jan. 20, many people started to wonder when Trump might be impeached, as they found him to be unfit for presidency with his limited political experience and offensive speeches.
Back in April of this year, Robert B. Reich, chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, observed several grounds for Trump’s impeachment after Trump had only been in office for three months. One such violation goes against Article One Section 9 of the Constitution, which forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments.
“Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand, decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president,” said Reich in a post on his professional website.
Reich also points out that Trump violates the First Amendment of the Constitution, which bars any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. “Trump’s ban on travel into the United States from six Muslim countries, which he initiated, advocated for and oversees, violates [the First Amendment],” said Reich.
Having been a year in which many of Trump’s actions could be considered grounds for impeachment as written by our forefathers, it still seems that no immediate action is coming in the near future. Haley Renison, a senior English major, believes it is the media to blame for why Trump has not yet been impeached.
“If any other president did these things, he would have been impeached by now. But because he’s Trump and he is outlandish and these things have come to be expected of him, people are just like, ‘Oh just another Trump thing. What’s coming next?’ It has all been unfortunately normalized, and the media is the main contributor to this,” said Renison.
Only time will tell if the U.S. will see it’s 45th president removed from his position due to his many conflicts with the Constitution.