Opinion

Trump’s actions have always been concerning

The impeachment of Donald Trump due to abuse of power and obstruction of Congress is surely a historic event; however, I don’t think it’s a solution to all of the country’s problems. I also don’t think that it will truly bring justice, either.

For starters, impeachment doesn’t mean removal from office. I do think it was good that he is facing some consequences for his actions. But, according to The Guardian, with a Republican-controlled Senate, it’s unlikely he’ll be removed from office.

Additionally, Mike Pence would not be an improvement in my eyes. He is possibly one of the most dangerous politicians in power today for women and the LGBT+ community.

According to Rawstory, Pence attempted to sign into law very strict abortion restrictions -basically as a steppingstone to banning it fully – that medical professionals do not support as they endanger people.

He also closed several Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana while governor – ones that did not provide abortion but provided other services like STD testing and treatment and contraception. This resulted in a massive HIV outbreak that he did not address for over two months after.

Pence has supported bills that would allow businesses to turn away LGBT+ customers, sponsored an amendment in 2003 to ban gay marriage and voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to Mother Jones. He also voted against the Employee NonDiscrimination Act, which was intended to prevent workplace discrimination based on sexuality.

The other problem is that Trump should not have made it this far in the first place.

All throughout his campaign in 2015 and 2016, more and more horrible things he said and did came to light. It blew my mind and disgusted me that people supported him.

Trump has a long history of racism, according to Vox. And yet his refusing to rent to black tenants in the 1970s, his aggressive pushing of the “birther” movement against Obama and his constant microaggressions and stereotypes against basically everyone who isn’t white and Christian somehow were not enough to stop people from supporting him.

According to Snopes, Trump mocked a disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski, and this was not enough to stop people from supporting him. His constant sexist remarks against other presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, as well as female reporters, weren’t enough.

Let’s not forget “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” as well as responding to an accusation of sexual assault with, “Believe me, she would not be my first choice.”

The countless accusations of sexual assault and misconduct (including several who were minors at the time) were not enough. I thought for sure the “grab ‘em by the pussy” tape released in October 2016 would be the end of it for him, but somehow that wasn’t.

I don’t think that people have become more hateful because of him, but I think he made it more socially acceptable for people to express their hateful beliefs. That’s why I think none of these vile things he’s said or done have taken him down.

I’m glad to see our spoiled billionaire brat of a president finally face consequences for at least some of the immoral things he’s done, but I ultimately am disgusted that he ever made it this far.

I don’t think removing him from office will fix the deep-rooted issues this country has. He’s an evil person, but an extremist theocrat is hardly an improvement in my eyes.

My main hope is that his impeachment will prevent him from being re-elected this November.

Aside from all the other immoral things he’s done, it will only make this country look like even more of an embarrassment if we re-elect an impeached president.

Maria Ranger

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