Impeachment: understand the proceeding

Amelia Carlson, News Editor

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As you might’ve either read or heard, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives would continue an impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump amid the Ukraine scandal and Whistleblower complaints.

Before I could check my regular news notifications and read about what happened during the day, social media was buzzing and blowing up following the news. The hashtag “#TrumpImpeachment” was overtaking Twitter and Instagram accounts were being created for the purpose of trashing Trump.

As I scrolled through my feed, one thing stuck in my mind. Most of the posts I was reading acted as if Trump was gone forever, as if the House of Representatives kicked the President to the curb.

But that’s not what happened. The only thing that was announced that an impeachment process on Trump will begin.

To review on what the reason behind the inquiry, in September, the Washington Post reported that someone of the U.S Intelligence community filed a whistleblower complaint on Trump’s communications with a foreign leader.

It was revealed that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on 2020 Presidential election candidate Joe Biden during a phone call.

That’s an impeachable crime outlined by the Constitution and “a betrayal of his oath of office and national security,” as noted by Pelosi.

Impeachment is informally known as forcibly removing someone from office, but in reality, it refers to the political process of filing of formal charges against an individual in office.

So, returning back to social media, most of the posts/tweets/snaps that I saw were uneducated on the facts and completely neglectful to the topic at hand. It irked me to see the false assumptions of what the term impeachment means.

Instead of learning about the scandal and why Trump is under fire for his actions, social media users were quick to press one easy button and retweet or like a post that wasn’t sharing true facts.

Believe me, like most people at this point, I am impatiently counting down the seconds until I see a new figure in the Commander-in-Chief position, however that won’t come immediately after Pelosi’s announcement. The Democrats in Congress are eager to move the inquiry faster, but in the meantime, I urge people to truly educate themselves on our government processes and not blindly agree with an ignorant Twitter hashtag.