Donald Trump has become the first president in United States history to be impeached twice.
As only two other presidents – Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson – have ever been impeached, 50% of all successful impeachment proceedings have now been brought against him. Incredibly, Trump has also been impeached more times than he’s been elected.
Charges of “incitement of insurrection” passed through the House of Representatives after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week. In a speech shortly before the riot, Trump told a crowd of his followers to “fight like hell” against the election he repeatedly and baselessly claimed was stolen.
10 House Republicans sided with the Democrats to impeach Trump 232-197. As with Trump’s first impeachment, the charges against him will now go to trial in the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed for conviction.
This would require 17 Senate Republicans – an unprecedented number – to vote against their president. No US president has ever not been acquitted at this stage.
Moreover, the Senate trial will take place after Biden’s inauguration, meaning some Republicans consider it to be moot. But, if conviction is successful, it could bar Trump from ever running for office again.
Regardless of the legal implications of a second impeachment, the symbolic impact is immense.
Politicians and celebrities lined up to share their thoughts…
And so did the US public. Who couldn’t resist a few jokes…
Trump published a video in which he condemned the Capitol riots.
He is yet to respond directly to his second impeachment.