Time to dump President Trump

Illustration by Christian Ayala

No one is above the law. This includes the president of the United States.

President Donald Trump has abused his power as the leader of the U.S. time and time again. His most recent mistake has brought forth serious repercussions, as he has breached his constitutional responsibilities.

This is not a person who should be the president of our country.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions. This follows a whistleblower complaint revealed Trump contacted the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, asking for Ukraine’s help with investigating a democratic political opponent, Joe Biden, and his son for Trump’s own political gain. To make matters worse, Trump held back $400 million of taxpayer money for military aid to Ukraine, as reported in an article by The Washington Post.

The announcement made by Pelosi states the reason for the impeachment inquiry is “betrayal of [Trump’s] oath of office, betrayal of our national security and the betrayal of our elections,” as documented by NBC News.

USA Today reported that Trump has been under investigation since the beginning of 2019. House Democrats have been investigating Trump on a variety of issues since they regained control of the House. On the list of issues was whether he has obstructed justice, profited unconstitutionally from his namesake businesses or fallen under the influence of foreign countries.

However, Trump has dismissed the investigations as partisan harassment after “special counsel Robert Mueller found no conspiracy between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia,” as reported by USA Today.

With Trump seeking reelection in 2020, a formal impeachment inquiry should be enough to completely derail any positive public opinion that may be left of him. This large scandal should diminish any chance he has to be reelected.

If it were any other politician in his shoes, their reelection campaign would not be able to recover from this scandal.

All of the controversies and allegations surrounding Trump should have a negative effect on him. From the Mueller report and now the impeachment inquiry, he has been investigated for high crimes and misdemeanors that he should be punished for.

Trump has tried to turn the situation regarding his phone call with the Ukrainian president into a spotlight on Biden and his son. The focus needs to be on the corruption Trump has committed.

Even if Trump is impeached, it does not mean he will be removed from office during his term. Impeachment is a long process, which goes through the Republican-controlled Senate.

Now that this corruption has been brought to light, the public needs to see that our crooked president shouldn’t be elected for another term.

Electing Trump for another term in office would do nothing but a disservice to the U.S., not to mention that it would be extremely embarrassing regarding how other countries would view our political system.

If the U.S. wants the respect of other world leaders, reelecting President Trump is not the answer.