Donald Trump has become the first US president to face impeachment proceedings twice. What do the American media think of it? Newspaper.
MOn Wednesday, a majority of elected House of Representatives voted to formally indict Donald Trump for inciting violence on Capitol Hill, paving the way for a historic second trial of the President of the United States.
“Impeached again”, “again indicted” is what emerges most in the press “made in US”.
The threshold of 217 votes in favor of indicting Donald Trump was exceeded, the Democratic-majority House therefore adopted the indictment against the Republican president, and this a second time, a year after being accused of ‘pressuring the Ukrainian president in exchange for information about Joe Biden. For the Washington Post “There is no doubt” that the outgoing president “deserved it”. But this trial could have serious consequences for Joe Biden. Indeed, such a procedure “would eclipse the first days of the elected president, slowing down the confirmation of the members of his cabinet” as well as its program, notes the Post. Especially since Joe Biden has made the “reunification” of a divided America a priority at the start of his mandate. This will not be an easy task in a context of “impeachment”.
“There is no precedent” for a trial after the end of a president’s term, remarks the New York Times
. For the daily of the East Coast, even if he was condemned, Donald Trump could present himself in 2024, a hypothesis that the president on the exit himself evoked. Unless another Senate simple majority vote prevents it.
Across the United States, on the West Coast, the LA Times sees this second impeachment proceeding as “a key moment that will undoubtedly eclipse all of the accomplishments of the Trump presidency such as tax cuts, business deregulation and the appointment of federal judges.”
“Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong”
For the Wall Street Journal, this indictment aggravates the divisions within the Republicans. “The split has repercussions on the party,” notes the economic daily.
The Huffington Post, however, warns that “Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong” and getting rid of it will be “a long and uphill battle” for Republicans. “It remains the heart of their party, but with an asterisk next to its name recalling its two impeachments”, underlines the site web d’information.