By Lucìa Ballester Bellver
“Today is going to be a lot of things. […] What it is not is fair. What it is not is about the truth.” On December 18th 2019, these words were pronounced, clear and concise, by Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, after the United States House of Representatives approved this trial against its President.
The controversial leader, Donald Trump, will be the third president tried for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: 230 votes in favor and 197 against in the first charge and 229 in favor and 198 against with the second. A dramatic debate, with tense moments, while the protests had place in the surrounding streets.
The process could end Trump’s impeachment, which broke out on social networks by saying: “How many atrocious lies of the radical left!”. The party, however, remains his and they have closed ranks around him. The fury of the president is not for less, although it almost seems a usual day at the office for Donald Trump.
The accusations are well known: his collusion with the Kremlin, his attempts to torpedo the investigations and also suspicion of criminal misdeeds in illegal campaign financing practices concerning payments to a woman to silence his alleged sexual relations within a few weeks of the 2016 elections. Also, he is in the spotlight for accepting money from foreign governments through his hotel empire as well.
His time will come in November 2020, but despite everything, his approval rating has improved six points since September, up to 45%. The base does not seem to have been affected. Meanwhile, his government continues. As do the protests.
- Do you think Trump deserves to be tried for abuse of power?
- Do you think this decision of the House of Representatives has been influenced by public opinion?
- Do you think this is a strategy of the left to weaken and divide the Republican party and its electorate?