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Donald Trump is impeached. This impeachment is viewed differently by two different Americas.
Reuters: It was a remarkable side-by-side illustration of a political split in the United States so wide and deep that it appears many Americans embrace not merely two competing views of a controversial president, but two alternate realities. On Wednesday, they played out in real time on television and social media.
In one, Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine was an abuse of his office so grave he should be expelled from the White House. In the other, he was himself the innocent victim of political abuse.
America is divided on impeachment. Washington is divided on impeachment. The views expressed on one side are largely political, on the other a mix of politics and fact. The split is real, and Trump is playing on that division.
Reuters: More than eight in 10 Democratic voters said they thought Trump deserved to be impeached, and about the same number of Republicans said he should not be. Few Americans have yet to make up their minds.
The depth of that disagreement was on display all day - first as lawmakers from both parties used the House floor to deliver alternating, and irreconcilable, views of the president and later as he delivered a defiant speech to his cheering supporters.
Trump took the stage at an arena in Battle Creek in western Michigan, waving and smiling, at the same moment Democratic leaders finished delivering their case against him. “The country is doing better than ever before,” he said. “We did nothing wrong.”
Trump's claim he did nothing wrong is factually incorrect. Despite the facts, the division over impeachment gives Trump a political opportunity to excite his base, 40% of voting Americans who also believe he did nothing wrong choosing to listen to the politically charged message over the facts.
Trump supporters believe Trump 100% when he tweets “THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!”
Trump knows his base gave him an electoral victory in 2016, he believes by appealing to his base, and their strong emotions, he can repeat his victory in 2020. He is using anger and deception as a political tool much like a dictator uses to hold onto power. His unsuspecting base is being manipulated by a man, and his party, more concerned with holding onto power than the constitutional principles that make our country great and that are the foundation of the U.S. republic. As Trump uses propaganda and deception to fool his base into blind support, he is slowly undermining this republic, taking it into an era of hate based on deception and division.
Unfortunately for America, the GOP controlled Senate will not attempt to be impartial, they will conduct a politically charged trial pushing a political message while ignoring the facts. Moreover, the leader of the GOP will continue to disregard the constitutional oath of office that is to govern him while the Senate turns a blind eye to his misconduct. Ultimately, the voting public will be left with the decision to effectively "impeach" the man who has lied or deceived them while in office.
Our future, as a republic, will lie with the American voter. The question is whether the divisions over impeachment will translate to divisions at the ballot box.
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