Why President Trump Feels Invincible
Blake Berry '23
From the beginning of Trump’s first term as President, it has become evident that his political style differs very little from his personality: brash, aggressive, and focused. These characteristics placed a target on his back even before entering office, with the threat of impeachment hanging low over the President’s head. It would only take a single step past the boundaries of the law or the Constitution before losing his spot in the Oval Office. Or, at least, that was the general belief back in 2016.
Now, in 2020 with an impeachment behind us, President Trump still remains in office. Frankly, this is a hard truth to swallow. So far in American history, Donald Trump is the sole president to face impeachment and not leave office in any form, either by removal or resignation. He survived what is arguably the greatest political threat a president’s competitors can use against him. Trump can now see that the singular threat held over him for years is inert. There is no meaning behind the one tool that Democrats were so intent on using in order to take Trump out of office before the end of his term. And now that impeachment has been attempted, and removal from office struck down, Trump has nothing left to attempt to take him out of the Executive seat.
Since the passing of the impeachment trial in the Senate, there have been multiple talks about considering a second attempt at impeachment, but on different grounds. What would be the focus this time? Perhaps President Trump’s firing of multiple possible witnesses to the Ukraine issue, the controversy that placed him in the hot seat to begin with. The reality of this claim is that it ultimately has no solid ground to stand on. It isn’t necessarily illegal or unconstitutional for Trump to fire these individuals, so this latest accusation would not have the power that the previous charges against the President possessed to begin with.
Since an impeachment process occurred less than a month ago, it will likely be harder to motivate Democrats to take action again, especially on something that they’ve already seen won’t yield results. The most likely outcome is that whatever articles are presented will pass in the House, and not in the Senate, leaving Trump once again in the Presidency. Since the Republican Senators seem unwilling to budge or even consider that their leader could have wronged their country, impeachment is absolutely not the way to approach removing President Trump.
So, what’s left for Democrats to do? Honestly, not much except to wait. Now that is has been more than a month since the trial, the media focus on impeachment has all but disappeared. All the coverage has switched over to the race for the Democratic Presidential nominee. Now, this option once again isn’t full proof. As we saw with the 2016 elections, Trump is an extremely strong candidate, with a lot of support across the country. Taking him on once again at the election is almost the last hope for Democrats, or else they may face another four years with him at the forefront of the country.
This is a major reason as to why so many candidates originally joined the Democrats for the Presidential race. Everyone wanted a chance to be the person who would take down Donald Trump. But, Trump seems very calm going into 2020, reassured that he would retain the support he had in 2016. Although he had a fairly low approval rating throughout his first term, he has still maintained a large audience. Though, the true count of his voters remains to be seen, it would appear that he can still hold his trust in the MAGA (Make America Great Again) folk.
If it’s possible to believe, this election may be even more eventful than that of the 2016 race. There has already been massive discourse on the Democratic side with issues such as the Iowa caucus. And considering this was only the beginning of the process, it’s almost a guarantee that much more is ahead on the campaign trail, for both sides. It wouldn’t be a normal week without a new Trump issue arising, which by now likely isn’t a surprise to Americans and those interested in U.S. politics anymore.
The controversial part of his personality has definitely contributed to support from certain individuals in the public and has become a staple of not only how he is perceived by America, but by the world. Trump has set the precedent that his rash and borderline offensive behavior is considered okay for the leader of a country, which tends to be a view that arises after the period of time a President is in office, not usually while they still hold the title and position.
It seems reasonable to argue that Trump feels invincible right now, and he should. He has the Senate Republicans and Mitch McConnell to protect him from future impeachment attempts, and in his own view, all the individuals on the opposite side of the aisle are nowhere near as competent as him. Whether this trend ultimately will hold true for President Trump remains to be seen, but the results will be on display for all to see in November, where the Democratic Nominee will go face to face in what is shaping up to be yet another extremely dramatic election and voting process.