Dhathry Doppalapudi | Torrey Pines High School Senior
In December, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on two charges: abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. This came after a whistleblower complaint in September, alleging that Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son, which is an abuse of his power as president to force another country to interfere with the upcoming 2020 presidential elections, in which Trump is running against Biden. This impeachment has become a polarized topic, with many liberals defending the impeachment and conservatives arguing that Trump’s actions were not an impeachable offense and that he was unfairly targeted by the House Democrats.
Beatriz, a senior at Torrey Pines High School, believes that “[the House Democrats] were totally right in starting the impeachment process, but they could have taken more time and maybe explained to the public exactly what was going on because a lot of people are still confused.” This lack of understanding of Trump’s actions, she says, is a contributing factor to the backlash against the impeachment.
Oscar, a Scripps Ranch High School senior, agrees. “At first, I didn’t understand why his actions were an impeachable offense and I thought that the Democrats were just looking for a way to impeach him, but now, after having what he did fully explained to me, I agree that he should have been impeached.”
Trump’s Senate trial has now started and although the Senate has a Republican majority and is not likely to remove him from office, some wish that they would. “I would like to see this happen,” Beatriz said. “But I feel as though Pence would be a worse president than Trump.”
In addition to Trump’s actions with Ukraine, Beatriz does not support Trump’s actions thus far in his presidency. “I think the most important job of a President is really how they convey themselves. The world’s perception of the president is how they see our nation and frankly, I think it’s embarrassing that Donald Trump represents America.”
The 2020 presidential elections will be the first time that many students will be able to vote, but Oscar does not think it will make a big difference in their decision. “I wouldn’t have voted for him either way,” he said. “But this will probably make the political climate around the time of the election even more polarized and intense.”