On December 18, 2019, President Donald Trump became the third President in the history of the United States to be impeached. The United States House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump, voting along party lines as no Republicans voted for Trump’s impeachment as Democrats led the charge against the President.
Trump called the process unfair and many Republicans believed the charges levied against the President were due to Trump’s win in 2016. Democrats accused the President of “Obstruction of Congress” and “Abuse of Power” as he allegedly asked the President of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden or he would withhold aide from the country.
In response to the impeachment inquiry, the President tweeted out his feelings and wrote a sternly worded, six-page letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, voicing his displeasure of the impeachment inquiry.
He’s also safe from facing a trial over his impeachment in the United States Senate because the upper chamber is ruled by Republicans.
But as expected, the process of impeachment was wildly partisan with a Congressman from New Jersey, Jeff Van Drew, switching his party from Democrat to Republican. While some Democrats decided to remain in the center, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, others loudly voiced their opposition to the president’s supposed crimes.
The grand question that many Democrats are asking is how will Trump’s impeachment impact elections in 2020? Will it prompt more Republicans to come out and vote for Trump because they feel that their choice for President was unfairly targeted? For Democrats, will they show up to the polls in spite of renewed attacks from Trump?
Maybe the better question for Democrats is will they out organize Trump’s team in 2020? Whether voters feel that Trump deserved to be impeached or not, Republicans have seemingly out mastered Democrats on strategy since Obama’s reelection in 2012. When it comes to the Presidential election in 2020, Trump’s impeachment likely won’t matter.
It will be who can out organize the other.