Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced on September 24 that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”
This announcement comes alongside allegations that Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and his son. It was the final push Democrats, who have been warily holding back from impeachment proceedings for months, needed to move into more confident action.
Impeaching Trump is still a major risk for the Democrats. Whether successful or not, the fallout will be deep and enduring. Here are ten risks for the Democratic Party:
10. Some will see it as a usurpation of the democratic spirit that earned Trump the White House in the first place.
If the politically elite successfully remove from office a legitimately elected U.S. president, it will be grounds for an “approaching cultural war,” says The Conversation. Voters may feel that they are being denied their nation’s right to democracy by a political establishment that did not approve of how they voted. It would be better to allow Trump to leave office at the end of his term in 2021 rather than try to cut his time short. By doing this, his supporters will not be able to claim that he was removed by an unfair and unconstitutional political move.