All Democrats in the US House of Representatives, joined by 10 Republicans, voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump a second time, following the January 6 attacks on the Capitol, making him the first president in the history of the US to be impeached twice.
Three students at Santaluces High School in Lantana, Florida, agreed in a podcast posted Sunday that the president should be impeached and prevented from running for office ever again.
“I don’t think it’s serious enough for, like, jail time, especially because he’s like super old,” one said. “But I do think he should be removed.”
“We want to make sure that Trump doesn’t get elected again,” another said.
Although polls show that Americans are very much split about this impeachment, we looked but couldn’t find any editorials or op-eds that recorded a position different from the one expressed by the three Santaluces students. We do note, however, that fewer opinion pieces were found in total this time around, compared to those we scanned after Mr Trump’s first impeachment.
“Donald Trump needs to be impeached and removed from the presidency,” wrote Ethan Lenkin at Wootton High School in Potomac, Maryland.
“Some say impeaching and removing Trump will further divide the country … it will prevent the nation from healing … divide our country more. … [But,] the best way to heal is ensuring incursions on our democracy are not welcome, especially if they come from a sitting president.”
The president has been charged with a single count of inciting an insurrection. Although the technical (and legal) definition of “incitement” may differ from the one you and I use in conversations and ultimately lead to a successful defense against this charge, a statement has been made by the mere impeachment at the end of a term that has left many Americans exhausted.
“Trump may have not have explicitly encouraged violence, but his supporters broke windows in the Capitol, threatened the media, attacked police, destroyed the inside of the building, and called for the murder of legislators and Vice President Mike Pence — all in Trump’s name,” they conclude. “The President stood up for his supporters … and the actions they were taking, although he knew it was wrong.”