Breaking: Capitol Building Insurrection and Progress on Impeachment
By Hutch Clarke
If you’ve paid attention to the news in the past week, you’re familiar with the events at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. last week. Trump supporters raided the Capitol in protest of what they claim to be fraudulent election results while electoral college votes were being counted. They forced their way into the Capitol, breaking windows, stealing mail and other items belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example. Some people also brought items like zip cuffs and pipe bombs that would threaten the lives and safety of the senators in the Capitol building at the time. In the fallout of this insurrection, President Donald Trump has been banned from all social media for sedition, meaning he incited his supporters to raid the Capitol and fight to confirm him as the winner of the election. His second impeachment has also begun and the House of Representatives has voted to go forward with the impeachment with a vote of 232 to 197.
But what does that impeachment actually mean? The House attempted to impeach Trump in 2019 and that failed to go through, so what makes this different? For starters, inciting a raid on those opposed to him is a much more direct attack on our government’s integrity than essentially bribing a country to give dirt on Joe Biden. Some Republican senators have denounced his actions and committed to going forward with the impeachment and our senate will have a Democratic majority come Biden’s inauguration, making it easier to hit the 2/3 majority needed to impeach. If this impeachment goes through, the effects on Trump could be devastating… almost.
Obviously, he will be removed from office and Mike Pence will have the honor of test driving the country for a day or two if the impeachment is completed before his term ends. Aside from preventing him from running for office again, the main point of this impeachment would be to allow charges to be pressed against him and thus removing his post presidency benefits, such as a $200k a year pension, one million dollar travel fund, and secret service protection. In order for these perks to be taken away however, Trump would have to be impeached and charged during his term and his term is over in a mere five days. Senate Majority (soon to be minority) leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t expressed desire to make the process happen by then, so it’s doubtful that his post-presidency benefits would be revoked unless a special court ruling happened. Nonetheless, there is still a chance of this impeachment going through into Biden’s presidency, even if the repercussions aren’t as severe, so pay attention to what’s happening currently at the Capitol.