It has been 856 days since the afternoon 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist who drove his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. It’s been 857 days since Donald Trump proclaimed that there were “very fine people on both sides”, referring to the group who chanted “Jews will not replace us!”.
Since the start of Trump’s presidency, he has used his position to sow discord and divisiveness among Americans beginning with the Muslim ban and culminating in his Twitter assault against 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. These are not impeachable offences, yet these acts of cowardice and vitriol remain violations of basic civility and simple decency, the hallmark of leadership, moral and otherwise.
Trump supporters are ambivalent towards porn star payoffs, adultery, or any other lack of moral fortitude that the president continues to exhibit both personally or professionally. The Republican bar seems to be a low one—a good economy equals a successful leadership. Most recently, Trump was literally laughed off the world stage. But to Republicans, it’s just another day of fake news. Republicans will stand by their man the same as Melania does, in spite of Trump’s alleged infidelity.
Last week, the Democrats approved two articles of impeachment. The articles do not include the multiple instances of obstruction of justice as itemized by the Mueller report, but instead narrowly focuses on Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine in order to further his personal agenda. The world is aware that Trump lies. The world is aware of Trump’s war on morality, and his public and pointed attacks on the brave Americans who publicly testified at the impeachment inquiry while Trump forbade anyone from his administration from attendance. Committee Subpoenas be dammed!
“Trump, as usual, has missed the point…”
Trump, as usual, has missed the point. His dubious claims of a witch hunt is in fact the very embodiment of the rights and obligations bestowed upon the House, as granted by the very constitution that gave him the oath of office that he has chosen to flagrantly disregard. What Trump, his followers, and the Republican party fail to recognize is that the concept of impeachment is built upon two irrefutable truths—that all men and women are created equal. And that nobody is above the law. Without these tenets and their enforcement, the Constitution becomes nothing more than a movie stub. Democracy becomes a dictatorship. But then again Trump has always been envious of strong men the likes of Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, as opposed to Justin Trudeau, “two-faced” but still a “nice guy”.
“The democratic door swings both ways.”
Impeachment is an ugly pill that America must swallow, but no uglier than being lead by a president with dubious motives. The democratic door swings both ways.
The truth of the matter is Trump has been on trial from the first time he appeared on the world stage. Charlottesville was simply the prologue to an inevitable conclusion— that something needed to be done about an authoritarian president. Trump’s morality went on trial 857 days ago, was weighed, measured and found wanting. If impeachment is the remedy for crimes against common decency and his oath to office, then impeachment has become a moral imperative. America will survive the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, and will be stronger for it.
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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.