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Face off: Trump should not be impeached based on incompetence


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Let’s get one thing straight: President Donald Trump is not qualified to run the country. In his first year in office, he has somehow managed to bring the nation to the brink of a nuclear war with North Korea, he has been accused of obstructing justice by firing former FBI director James Comey, he has failed to provide aid to foreign governments in the wake of national disasters and he has made it a point to call out any news organization or individual that speaks badly about him.

However, he is a government official that is unlike anything the U.S. has ever had to deal with before and impeaching him would only make things worse for the country.

Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, Trump is a personified image of American democracy. American citizens fought in the streets and in the voting booths to make this businessman the president of our country. There are a vast amount of Trump supporters scattered all over the U.S., if you find that there are none around the environment you are in, then they are secretly hiding amongst the public.

If Trump gets impeached, these supporters would view impeachment as the unjust reversal of a “fair and square,” democratic election. If worse comes to worse, some of them might resort to violence.

If there were mobs of white men marching with torches when a few racist statues were taken down, imagine the chaos that could erupt when their leader gets thrown out. Tensions are growing every day in this country. Trump’s impeachment will be the ultimate tipping point that turns our country into a civil war battle ground.

Truthfully speaking, Trump has ran out of second chances. In times when he was needed the most, he did not rise to the occasion. He has proved time and time again that he is unfit to be the president, but keeping him in office is monumentally better than having someone else in.

If Trump gets impeached, Vice President Mike Pence takes over the presidency. Pence has the potential to be the most dangerous president the U.S. has ever seen.

Pence is more experienced, more well-versed in policy, more level-headed than Trump and definitely without a doubt more conservative. Liberals have done a fantastic job of portraying Trump as a cunning, devilish mastermind that has plans to destroy the country, while Pence has always been viewed as an unimportant sidekick.

In actuality, as governor of Indiana, Pence signed eight anti-abortion bills into law, signed a bill that allowed business owners to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and has once been in favor of conversion therapy aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pence has a very clear understanding of the law and has used it to his advantage to oppress minorities for years. As “President Pence” there is no telling to what damage he could do.

Where we are sitting now, Trump is bad but Pence is worse. Impeaching Trump at this point would do more harm than good to the country. In terms of running the country, Trump is basically building the plane as he’s flying it, but Mike Pence (or any other outside force for that matter) in the presidential seat could only make matters worse.

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Face off: Trump should not be impeached based on incompetence