As I See It: The impeachment battle shifts to the American people, November election

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By Elpidio R. Estioko

The Senate acquitted Wednesday US President Donald Trump from being removed from office along party lines.based on two impeachment articles lodged by the US Congress after a barely one and a half week trial but the issue remains hanging on the air.

The Democrats claim there was no acquittal because a trial without witnesses is not a trial at all! The GOPs on the other hand, said while President Trump committed a crime in the Ukraine issue, this was not an impeachable offense… hence can’t be removed from office.

So, the battle continues but this time, the trial is in the American people come November presidential elections casting their votes for or against Trump although Congress can approve another impeachment article that will remove the president to be forwarded again to the Senate. The Democrats have the right to do that, but it seems unlikely to happen because of the forthcoming November election.

The arena of battle is now on the electorate and the action started with the Office of the President withholding emails pertaining to the Ukraine issue and the Democrats continuing to release information pertaining to the trial especially the Bolton issue. Massive information campaigns in television and in key states likewise were launched by both sides building their case and informing the people of their arguments. Democratic presidential aspirants held their rallies and caucuses in swing states reaching out to the people outlining their programs as president and telling them they can defeat Trump.

Initially, there was likely an approval for witnesses when four GOP senators were inclined to side with the Democrats to vote “yes” for witnesses, but this was derailed by Sen. Alexander Lamar and Alaska  Senator Lisa Murkowski  announcing their “no” vote a day before the actual  voting on the issue occurred. So what happened was only two GOP senators voted “yes”: Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Maine Senator Susan Collins killing the witness issue.

So the Senate impeachment trial is now water under the bridge, but the issue still continues and is very much at the helm of the national political landscape nudging the electorate to make their decisions through the ballots exercising their inherent rights to vote.

Reaching out to people is now the name of the game and both parties have nine months to do that!

The 59thpresidential electionis scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses are scheduled to be held during the first six months of 2020. This nominating process is also an indirect election, where voters cast ballots selecting a slate of delegates to a political party’s nominating convention, who then in turn elect their party’s nominees for president and vice president via the Electoral College votes.

Donald Trump,the 45th and incumbent president, has launched a reelection campaign for the Republican primaries. Several state Republican Party organizations have cancelled their primaries in a show of support for his candidacy hence making him the GOP standard bearer for president while the Democrats have yet to select their standard bearer. The winner of the 2020 presidential election is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

The age group of what will then be people in the 18 to 45-year-old bracket is expected to represent just under 40 percent of the United States’ eligible voters in 2020. It is expected that more than 30 percent of eligible American voters will be nonwhites — African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and other ethnic minorities. It was noted that “whites with a college degree”, are expected to all increase their percentage of national eligible voters by 2020, while “whites without a college degree” will decrease. This shift is potentially an advantage for the Democratic nominee; however, due to geographical differences, this could still lead to President Trump winning the Electoral College while still losing the popular vote, possibly by an even larger margin than in 2016.

The Democratic challengers to Donald Trump are hitting up. Here’s the list of the 11 candidates left in the race, out of the nearly 30 serious candidates who vied for the presidency last summer. They are former vice president Joe Biden, 77, veteran politician who was a Delaware senator for more than three decades before becoming Barack Obama’s vice-president in 2009…

Elizabeth Warren, 70, aprogressive senator from Massachusetts who was a law school professor before entering politics.

Next is Bernie Sanders, 78, a Vermont senator and self-proclaimed “Democratic socialist” who came close to the nomination in 2016.

Then Pete Buttigieg, 38, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a military veteran and the only openly gay presidential hopeful.

  • Another one is Andrew Yang, 45, a Columbia Law School graduate who became a successful technology entrepreneur.
  • Amy Klobuchar, 59, senatorand a three-term Minnesota senator who has shown she can win votes in a Midwestern battleground state.
  • Michael Bloomberg, 77, a wealthy ex-mayor of New York. former banker and who is one of the richest men in America.
  • Tom Stayer, 62,billionaire, tycoon, has a history of advocating for liberal causes.
  • Tulsi Gabbard. 38, Iraq veteran,a progressive congresswoman from Hawaii – and the first Hindu member of Congress.
  • Deval Patrick, 63, former Massachusetts governor, trained lawyer and close friend of Barack Obama; and
  • Michael Bennet, 55,two-term senator from Colorado and former head of Denver’s public school system.
  • President Trump will be the GOP nominee. He will be the first impeached president to face re-election, who will try to convince voters that he was right and his accusers were wrong.
  • Now, if Biden becomes the Democratic nominee, the more reason that the issue of impeachment will reverberate wherever the campaign is. Trump will surely target Biden re Ukraine anomalous transaction and Biden on the other hand, will hammer on the Bolton book and Bolton’s pronouncement to testify.
  • Fellow Americans, let’s exercise our right to vote!

(Elpidio R. Estiokowas a veteran journalist in the Philippines and a multi-awarded journalist here in the US. For feedbacks, comments… please email the author @ estiokoelpidio@gmail.com.)

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