- - Thursday, January 30, 2020

These are indeed historic times. Never in the history of the United States has a president been impeached by the House of Representatives, acquitted by the Senate and been renominated by his party to run for a second term in office.

President Andrew Johnson was impeached and did seek reelection to the presidency in 1868; however, he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Horatio Seymour, at the Democratic Convention. President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House and acquitted in the Senate; however, he was precluded from seeking a third term in office by the 22nd Amendment to our Constitution.

With the impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate soon to reach its less than suspenseful conclusion, with the president being acquitted by the Republican majority in the Senate we can now look ahead to the Nov. 3 election.



Preceding the affirmative impeachment vote in the House, and the during the subsequent trial in the Senate, some have argued that a sitting president should not be subjected to an impeachment during an election year. Rather, Congress should restrain itself and “et the people decide. In other words, allow American voters (citizens) determine the president’s suitability to serve.

The Democratic majority in the House rejected this option, saying it was their constitutional duty to hold President Trump accountable for his actions in office, and subsequently impeached him. Following this vote, Speaker Pelosi less than elegantly informed us on Jan. 15: “He’s been impeached forever. They can never erase that.”

No one can predict with any certainty what will happen on election day 2020. However, one can say with absolute certainty that should President Trump emerge victorious, he will have made history. And that too, Madame Speaker, is indelible.

RANDALL STEPHENS

Falls Church, Va.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide