The Trump impeachment trial is over, and to no one’s surprise, President Donald Trump was acquitted on both charges. The vote ended with 52 in favor of acquittal and 48 in favor of guilt on the charge of Trump abusing the power of his office. On the charge of Trump obstructing Congress, the vote was 53-47 for the President’s acquittal.
The only real surprise was the vote by Republican Mitt Romney of Utah, who voted with the Democrats in favor of Trump’s impeachment on the charge of abuse of power. After the vote, Romney admitted he would get backlash for voting his conscience, and the backlash came with Donald Trump Jr. tweeting that Romney should be expelled from the party, and Trump himself made negative comments about the Utah Republican. Of course, Trump also attacked all of the Democrats, calling them “evil,” among other unflattering names.
From the moment the impeachment trial ended, it was clear that White House and certain Republicans were out for revenge. The name of the alleged whistle blower that began the investigation was given out and tweeted and retweeted even by the president himself.
Two important impeachment witnesses, Alexander Vindman and Gordon Sondland, have both been fired by President Trump, and one has to wonder who he will wreak revenge on next. It appears that Trump tends to make life miserable for anyone who dares to question his actions.
Comparison to Clinton’s Impeachment Acquittal
The news media was quick to make comparisons between the impeachment acquittal of President Bill Clinton and Trump. Where Clinton was humble and apologetic to the American people in his acquittal speech, Trump was triumphant and arrogant, stating once again that he did nothing wrong.
The Long-Term Effects
The long-term effects of the Trump impeachment trial is that no matter what the president does in the future, whistle blowers will be reluctant to come forward and risk their future – and perhaps their life – to do what they believe is right. Witnesses will be reluctant to testify for fear of losing their careers, and the public will no longer have any faith in the process or in the politicians who are supposed to uphold the law and be a shining example to their constituents.
None of these long-term effects should come as any surprise, since the American public knew before the impeachment trial ever began that the Republican-run Senate had already made up its mind to acquit Trump before the trial ever began.
The only surprise that may be left is whether or not the Trump impeachment and its outcome, as well as the president’s actions following his acquittal, will make those independents who voted for Trump in the last election reconsider the wisdom of their actions and vote for a different candidate in the next election or not. Only time will tell.
As for the American people, they are ready to put the impeachment behind them, and while some of the people have gone through this experience a little wiser, many have felt that the impeachment has had very little effect on their lives.