From the trial to the campaign trail

Leah Alsept


This month the U.S. Senate said he can stay in office for the next nine months. In November the American people will decide if President Trump stays in office for another four years.


On Feb. 5 President of the United States Donald Trump was acquitted by the U.S. Senate after the U.S. House of Representatives made its case to a republican senate that Trump had abused the power of his office and obstructed justice.


FiveThirtyEight, a website that focuses on poll analysis, recently updated its study on American support for the impeachment and removal of Trump. Democrats and Republicans have stayed in disagreement on whether Trump should be removed from office since Oct. 1, 2019.


By Feb. 4, FiveThirtyEight found that 84.5 percent of Democrats supported the removal of Trump and only 9.2 percent of Republicans supported the removal. In a separate poll in the same study, Americans were divided half and half on whether they supported Trump being impeached. 


The big question is how those numbers will shape up in November.


Mac Williams is a Communications Department Teaching Assistant at the University of Findlay. He has been involved in politics since 2004 when his mother took him to support John Kerry during the official’s run for the Ohio Senate. Since then, he’s canvassed for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.


Williams said, like many others, he was dismissive of Trump during the president’s initial campaign in 2016.


“Trump is a phenomenon,” he said, “What I mean by that is that he has a following of supporters unlike any other candidate in American political history.”


“He is the leader of, not just a party, but an ideology that he created,” he said.


“It depends on a couple of factors,” Williams said about the reelection of Trump. “If the reelection happened today, I would say he would win reelection pretty easily.”


He believes that the Democrats are going to nominate a far progressive candidate during the 2020 elections but thinks that if the party nominates a moderate Democrat to stand against Trump, they’d have a “60/40” chance of winning the election.


In 2016, Trump won the presidency through the electoral college while Clinton won the popular vote.


Williams said that the way the Democratic Party is leaning, he suspects that a more progressive Democrat will be nominated as the party candidate.


A Quinnipiac University national poll released on Feb. 10 shows Senator Bernie Sanders with 25 percent of the vote among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, while former Vice President Joe Biden gets 17 percent and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg receives 15 percent. The poll says Senator Elizabeth Warren gets 14 percent, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg receives 10 percent, and Senator Amy Klobuchar gets 4 percent.


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