The House of Representatives released an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Sept. 25. The inquiry was announced after it was revealed Trump allegedly tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President and 2020 Presidential Candidate Joe Biden. While Trump’s actions are not acceptable, removing him from office won’t fix much.
For a president to be impeached, enough lawmakers have to say the official committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” per the Constitution. High crime is based on British common law that addresses a potential abuse of power, not necessarily an actual criminal offense. According to the History, Art and Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives, only two presidents have ever been impeached — Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 — and neither was removed from office.
The first step in impeachment is for the House to investigate the president and then hold a floor vote if the findings are sufficient. If a majority votes for impeachment, as will likely happen if the Trump investigation gets to this step, Trump is offically impeached. Then the invetigation moves to the Senate. If two-thirds vote to convict, which is unlikely based on the current political atmosphere, Trump would be removed from office and Vice President Mike Pence would take over until the end of the term, which is Jan. 2020.
If the allegations are proven true with substantial evidence, negative consequences will follow, such as Trump’s removal from office. This, however, would just allow Pence to take power. Pence is notoriously known for his homophobic tendencies. In a 2006 Republican Study Committee, he said, “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family,” and he called sexuality a choice and therefore preventing same-sex marriage was an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
In 2016, he opposed Obama’s directive to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. When he was running for Congress in 2000, he supported federal funding for conversion therapy.
For someone who has been openly against the LGBTQ community much of his political career, becoming our president would be damaging. Pence and Trump teamed up for a reason. They are both Republicans with conservative beliefs on all of today’s top issues.
Democrats are tired of Trump, but they’ll get the same policies and beliefs from Pence (they just might be better quotes with less Twitter fights). The Democratic party should start focusing on more ways to take votes from Trump in the upcoming election instead of working to remove him from office early.