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  • Writer's pictureKenyatta Victoria

What to know about the Impeachment Trial: Accountability Matters

What we can all learn and understand from this is that lies will never be left untouched.

Former President Donald Trump has been under serious fire throughout his impeachment trial.

According to the Impeachment Poll on Vox, “69 percent of Republicans said they’d be less likely to vote for a political candidate in their state if that person found Trump guilty in the trial, with 56 percent of Republicans saying they’d be much less likely to do so, and 13 percent saying they’d be somewhat less likely to do so.”

Throughout the trial, there are massive complexities that just show the need for accountability that has been broken down for the past four days.

“The House swiftly impeached Mr. Trump just one week after a violent mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, charging him with “incitement of insurrection.” Mr. Trump is the first president ever to be impeached and stand trial twice,” according to the New York Times.

Ever since the massive riot that happened within the Capitol, there has been an underlying theme throughout this entire trial: accountability.

Donald Trump's actions have created a massive amount of hurt that will affect the nation for many years to come due to so much damage.

“The House impeachment managers filed an 80-page trial brief. They argued that Mr. Trump was “singularly responsible” for the Capitol riot and cited the Constitution’s framers in urging that Mr. Trump be convicted and disqualified from ever holding office again,” according to New York Times.

The theme of accountability needs to be understood because major factors have been pointed out that Donald Trump should not run for office again.

On Feb 9, “The House prosecutors and Mr. Trump’s defense team debated the constitutionality of whether a former president can be tried by the Senate. Senators then voted to proceed with the trial,” according to the New York Times.

Throughout the trial, Trump has been asked to testify but refused to show up, which caused more eyebrows to be raised.

“Trump’s legal team quickly responded by rejecting the invitation in a terse response to the House impeachment team, putting the decision back on the Democrats over whether to try to compel Trump’s testimony with a subpoena or call other witnesses,” According to CNN.

Throughout the multiple outcomes of this trial, people are truly able to see what it looks like to enforce the importance of accountability and how if those in power are not being held accountable, then there should be consequences to create an example.

This shows the next generation, such as gen Z, that no matter how many lies people assume they can get away with, it will always catch up to them no matter the circumstances.

As the trial updated “Trump acquitted: The vote to convict was 57 to 43, 10 short of the necessary threshold. It came after a long day of arguments over whether to allow witnesses at the trial and following closing arguments from both sides. Seven Republicans — Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey — voted to convict,” according to CNN.

The theme of accountability showed parallels by showing how the public can bring issues to the forefront and that may not be enough to ensure that consequences have been enforced.


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