On Wednesday evening, in a historic moment in American politics, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach president Donald Trump.
Two articles of impeachment were approved by the House, abuse of power and obstructing Congress, based on Trump engaging with Ukraine to investigate Democratic rivals ahead of the 2020 election.
“It is a matter of fact that the president is an ongoing threat to our national security,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
The vote was evidently split between Democratic and Republican parties. The House approved the abuse of power article of impeachment by a vote of 230 to 197, with no Republicans voting in favour. The second article, charging obstruction of Congress, passed by a vote of 229 to 198, again with no Republican support.
SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2019
Now, the Republican-majority Senate will hold a trial to decide whether Trump is guilty of the two articles of impeachment and is required to leave office.
Trump is the third sitting U.S. president to be impeached. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, but both served out their terms at president.
Since the vote, people around the world have taken to social media to share their thoughts on Trump’s impeachment.
Dear @realDonaldTrump,— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@ProudResister) December 19, 2019
I know how much you love branding so I just wanted you to know that you have been *BRANDED* as the third president in history to be impeached.
It will be your legacy.
It will be in the history books.
TRUMP WAS IMPEACHED.#ImpeachmentDay
Impeached in the House BUT this will completely die in the Senate. Waste of taxpayers money! His numbers are stronger than ever. Dems need a new strategy.— Denise Madeline ☀️ (@DeTweat) December 19, 2019
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