Faith Turner, Staff Writer

On January 20th, 2017 President Donald Trump was inaugurated into office. Since then impeachment has been on the lips of many Americans. It shows, too. According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s approval rating is at 38.5%, an all time low. That number dropped when President Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an Arizona sheriff who was convicted of ignoring a court order to stop racially profiling latinos. Trump’s move was considered racist and subversive to the judicial system. Some even consider this move an impeachable offense. According to Metro, “experts say the Arpaio case is a disturbing precedent, because it could undermine the court’s ability to prevent government officials from violating citizens’ rights.”

Janet Andrews, a senior at Granite City High School, states that she is opposed to the impeachment of Donald Trump. “At first I was confused because Trump is a businessman, but the country needs to be run like a business because the world is kind of like one big business.” On whether or not Donald Trump should be impeached, she said “He’s taking a lot of chances, which can be a good or bad thing, but that’s what this country needs.”

He’s done a lot of bad things, but if he’s impeached, then we would get Mike Pence.”

— Caitlyn Puhse

McKendree freshman and recent GCHS graduate Delilah Donaldson, differed in her opinion. “I think Donald Trump being in office scares a lot of people and now that’s he’s trying to take away DREAMERS, more and more people live in fear.” DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is for some minors who entered the country illegally to get a renewable two-year period of deferred action against getting deported, help to get a work permit, and to help them become citizens. DREAMERS are what these applicants are called, the name coming from the DREAM Act bill. On Arpaio Donaldson said, “He used a national disaster to cover up his evil plan. Arpaio is the type of man that wants to deport the DREAMERS, Trump wants him for advice.” Donaldson is in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. “He’s a man who should’ve never been elected. He lost the popular vote. He’s a man with more ideas for harming this nation than good. He should be taken out of office as soon as possible.”

Finally, there are many who don’t stand on either side. Caitlyn Puhse, a senior at Granite City High School, shares this opinion. “I’m not a fan. I am a democratic socialist, so a lot of his views don’t align with mine. I’m an activist for things that the Republican party generally doesn’t agree with.” While she didn’t have an opinion on the Arpaio case, this is what she said about impeaching President Trump: “He’s done a lot of bad things, but if he’s impeached, then we would get Mike Pence. Mike Pence is honestly scarier to me than Donald Trump on many levels. Choosing between the two is like picking a bad situation over another bad situation. In many ways, these three people are like a small model of America. We’re a varied country with differing opinions and standpoints.

Trump’s unfavorable actions have included trying to take away DACA, a refugee ban, attempting to fund and build “The Wall,” and pardoning Joe Arpaio. He could potentially be the third president formally impeached. But, should he be impeached? That answer lies with Congress.