Why the Acquittal Failed

Aiden Samarron

The silver bullet that was once planned to incriminate and mortally wound Trump has misfired, ricocheted and missed the reality of Trump’s presidency. The continuous trials and referendums on this specific reality have left a dent in the Democrats’ reputation and overall credibility when it comes to the law making process. Although the election is less than a year away, the party has all but abandoned the thought of removing Trump through the normal route, i.e. election, and decided to do it their own way. One that has backfired straight into their parties chances for the 2020 election victory. If you take a shot at the king, you best not miss, and the Democrats missed by a country mile.

First and foremost, the Democrats have damaged their chances through pursuing impeachment. According to a 2020 Gallup poll, “[c]urrently, 46% support impeachment and removal, down six percentage points from the first reading after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, 51% oppose impeachment and removal — up five percentage points over the same period.”  Not only has this dent in the Democratic psyche develop, but “President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has inched up again and is now at 45%. The president’s ratings have increased six percentage points since the House of Representatives opened an impeachment inquiry against him in the fall.” Although the actions of Trump might be interpretational to the onlooker, the majority of voters seem to think that impeachment is minimal in the upcoming 2020 election.

Not only does the impeachment exacerbate the climbing approval of Trump and decreasing popularity of the Democrats pertaining to the latest impeachment effort, but some key Democrats have not recognized this dilemma and continue to distance themselves from the United States populous. Since 2016, the Democratic Party has significantly shifted further left, especially with the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders among national politics. The form of socialism that Sanders uses to mark this shift has been a platform he has stood on since the 1970s and seeing how he leads the race in national polls, this will become the platform of the Democratic Party’s base. According to a Monmouth University poll, the impeachment failure has no comparison to the damage a Bernie Sanders ticket could lead to. This Poll survey released Monday found that 57% of voters believe that socialism is incompatible with American values, compared to 29% who said it is compatible.