The first thing that people should know is that just because Trump was acquitted does not mean innocence. It doesn’t mean there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the President of the United States. It simply means the case is dismissed and he will not be leaving the White House. The political rubble that both sides have to now navigate through merely 9 months before the presidential election and clean up the implosion that has been this impeachment trial is vast. Even though many people speculated what the outcome would be, any verdict would be shocking. The question now is what implications will happen now that we are past this?
Trump may set a precedent
One of the most important things is that a trial without witnesses may have set a precedent. For the first time in more than 200 years, the senate conducted an impeachment trial without witnesses. This happened despite the constant push from the Democrats for testimony. Experts say that it will likely influence how Congress approaches impeachment proceedings in the future. The acquittal has also risen the bar substantially when it comes to abuse of power as an impeachable offense, this means that future presidents might be able to get away with more without being held accountable for their actions.
The 2020 election, however, may reflect the wisdom of this impeachment hearing. Several Republican senators are up for re-election this year and there could be a shift in power if they are from a purple or swing state. If President Trump wins re-election, it could likely blunt the congressional hunger for impeachment. However, a democratic win could vindicate the Democrats’ pushing for impeachment.
This whole demonstration has been both a confusing and eye-opening look into what modern-day politics has become. November is coming quickly, and regardless of which side of the aisle you vote for, look into the candidate’s platforms and fully educate yourself on who you would like to see in the White House. Who you think will be able to carry the title with grace and dignity?