It is a historic day—the US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol last week, making it the first time in US history that a president has been impeached twice.
It is easy to forget that the first impeachment happened—while it passed in the House, it did not get enough votes in the US Senate, leaving Trump acquitted, with some arguing that it might have boosted his popularity more. It was soon overshadowed by the pandemic, which is probably the real reason behind Trump’s fall in the US 2020 general election. The second impeachment seems to be more consequential than the first one—the effort is less partisan than the first one as some Republicans too also join the Democrats in finding Trump deserving of impeachment. Ten Republicans joined more than two hundred Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, making the vote a more bipartisan effort. The Senate trial may also fare better for the Democrats than the disastrous first impeachment—the Democrats have a good chance of taking control of the Senate. They also have hope of converting some Republicans—at least two Senate Republicans have already called on Trump to step down, and more have said they would consider voting for impeachment.
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However, with less than a week left for the inauguration of the new US President Joe Biden, one wonders the point of impeachment and when it will carry out in the Senate. Like the decisions of social companies to ban Trump’s accounts, this decision too by the Democrats seems a bit too late to cover up the long-lasting damage that Trump’s brand of bigotry and anti-establishment sentiment has caused to the country.
Impeachment, if successful in the Senate, will bring the benefit of disqualifying Trump from ever running for President again, but it is doubtful whether it will hamper his popularity amongst his die-hard supporters. The road towards fixing the division in American society is a long one, and impeachment is of little use in it.