Forget Trump: Impeach 2017 Now
Go home 2017, you’re drunk.
2017 has been, perhaps, too baffling to put into words. The good news barely gets any attention when so much is going on in the dark side. If, on the one hand, we have seen Emmanuel Macron become president of France, instead of the terrifying nationalist Marine Le Pen, bringing new hopes for Europe and the EU, on the other hand, more corruption scandals in Brazil have come to light regarding president Michel Temer, in addition to the daily digest of shocking Trump politics, and an increasing number of nuclear tests being done by North Korea.
When president Dilma Rousseff was impeached last summer, following several accusations of bribery and corruption, her replacement, Michel Temer, was one of the strongest voices supporting her removal from power. However, after other scandals came to light in the investigation of operation “Lava-Jato” (Operation Car-Wash, in English), the greatest corruption scandal Brazil has ever seen, and where the former president, Lula da Silva, is also involved, this time it was Michel Temer who has been caught on tape approving a bribe to a former deputy, Eduardo Cunha, in return for his silence regarding this case in court. This has, of course, been denied, but the recording is there nonetheless, and too many Brazilian politicians and members of congress are involved in this corruption scheme. As a direct consequence of this new scandal, Brazil’s currency and markets have plunged, and the people are demanding its president’s resignation. What will actually happen remains to be seen.
This whole talk of impeachment has also been brought up in the U.S., as one scandal follows another in the short presidency of Donald Trump. For starters, the fact that Trump continues to use Twitter regularly as his preferred channel of communication with the world, to make comments regarding serious matters in the childish way that he does, is not quite proper for someone who is president of the United States.
Trump news has dominated the press in the last few months – whose truth he himself has often tried to discredit – but there is always something new coming up. In the last week, the problem was his sharing of extremely sensitive, classified information about ISIS (apparently provided by Israel) with the Russian foreign minister during his visit to the White House. This information had not even been shared with other allies, and Trump did it without the permission of the source, which may jeopardise their relationship from now on. Secondly, Trump’s responses to North Korea’s growing number of nuclear tests (which have now begun to scare even the most sceptical of us) are not exactly being dealt in the most diplomatic way, considering his comments and tweets; and thirdly, and perhaps the worst part so far, the dismissal of James Comey.
Their turbulent relationship began before the election, but there was a time when Trump fully supported Comey’s actions, when the latter revealed new facts about the Hilary Clinton’s email investigation just before the election. Now, however, Trump has claimed that Comey was highly “unpopular”, and, according to The New York Times, this firing happened because Comey refused to accept Trump’s requests of loyalty, and that the FBI stopped investigating his campaign’s involvement with Russia – all of which has, of course, been denied by the White House. I’m sure Putin is having a blast over what is going on in the US.
This is very serious, though. A president is presumably interfering with the course of justice to protect his own interests over those of America, which inevitably brings out comparisons with Nixon and Watergate. And we all know what happened then.
The Donald Trump situation becomes more and more ludicrous every day. It’s like a bad movie you wish would end soon, because it’s time to go back to the real world and you’ve had enough. However, this is the real world. Trump has been elected in the real world. He really is president and all this is happening, no matter how Mexican-soap-opera-like it may all seem.
The case for Trump’s impeachment is gaining force, even though it is not so easy to actually take place. An official website, impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org, already has over a million signatures by dissatisfied Americans who wish to remove him from his post.
But is Trump’s impeachment really the best way forward? Because, let’s not forget who would replace him in case he were forced to step down. Yes, that’s right: Mike Pence, who is, perhaps, even more of a radical and extremist than Trump himself. As The Guardian puts it, “Trump’s departure would see him replaced by an anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, climate-change-denying creationist”. If Trump is a nightmare, imagine Mike Pence as president. I’m not sure I want to.
What can we do, and how can something like this still happen in the 21st century?
To be honest, had I not been so obsessed with knowing what is going on in the world, I would probably have given up checking the news altogether by now. But, since I have this inherent need to know, if only to become more frustrated and anxious every day, then I might as well write about it – voice my worries and hopes to release the burden of overthinking them by myself. We millennials are all in this together, whether we like it or not. We all share the same planet, and what happens to it is going to affect everyone, regardless of country, ethnic background, or social status.
Thank God for Macron. And Jason Trudeau. And all the good people who are out there trying to safeguard this world against those who really don’t wish to preserve it.
Climate change, nuclear weapons, war, refugees, terrorism – all this has terrible consequences for the world as a whole. We should not just stand by and watch, doing nothing. If all I have is my writing, so be it. At least others who share the same fears will know that there are more of us out there, and perhaps if we all see that, we can actually do something to protect the world, as well as everyone and everything in it.
Still, if you are feeling depressed after reading this, there is a media website dedicated to sharing only good news, allowing all of us to restore some faith in humanity: