Take 2: Trump Acquittal, Caucus Chaos


Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Trump Acquittal – The impeachment trial against President Trump drew to a close on Feb. 5 with the Senate voting to acquit him on both charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The votes were 48 to 52 for Article I: Abuse of Power and 47 to 53 for Article II: Obstruction of Congress. The votes followed party lines, except for Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah who voted yes to abuse of power.

Why this is important – Trump’s acquittal means that he was not impeached and will serve the remainder of his term. As the trial drew to a close, one poll reported that Trump’s approval rate was at an all time high. Only three presidents have been impeached, but he will be the first president to run in a general election after impeachment and acquittal.

Caucus Chaos (Iowa Caucus) – The Iowa Caucus was held Feb. 3 as the first nominating contest for the Democratic presidential elects. Registered voters showed support to their favored delegate. There is controversy surrounding the results that had Pete Buttigieg in the lead with 26.2 percent, barely in front of Bernie Sanders with 26.1 percent. A technical problem with the mobile app used to report results led to the Associated Press stating that they cannot declare a winner.

Why this is important – The winner of the Iowa Caucus would’ve been granted a lot of media coverage that would boost their campaign. With controversy surrounding the results, the attention has gone to that instead of one candidate. This puts more pressure on the upcoming New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11 to clarify results and give the public an idea of the leading Democratic candidate.