To Boo or Not to Boo: Pro Booing and Impeachment

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27:  President Donald Trump attends Game Five of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: President Donald Trump attends Game Five of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

By Maya Kachroo and Danielle Cohen

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On October 27th, 2019, President Trump attended the World Series, where he was booed by an entire stadium of fans. 

On November 2nd, 2019, President Trump attended the Ultimate Fighting Champion Event in Madison Square Garden, where again he was booed. 

On November 8th, 2019, President Trump made a visit to the University of Alabama, where a group of students sat in front of the school’s library holding anti-Trump posters. 

There has been much controversy over whether it was right to criticize the President in such a way, or whether it was un-American. Given the place that this country is in right now, booing President Trump was necessary. 

President Trump has become a larger-than-life entity in this nation – he is basically untouchable. His slew of inappropriate words and actions are quite literally unfathomable, and it is baffling how he can get away with so much. No other politician would be able to pull off the things that President Trump can.

The issue with this, though, is that he has become so untouchable that he is quite out of touch with the ordinary American. He is so convinced that every media outlet, and everyone other than the extreme right, is out to get him. The fact that he was so blatantly attacked, not by a rally of democrats, not by reporters, but by baseball fans, people of all different backgrounds and opinions, is hopefully the wake-up call for him to get back to reality.

The initial reaction from the right was to reprimand the left, saying that supporting the crowds’ actions is hypocritical and anti-American; to collectively “boo” the nation’s president goes against everything the democrats support, especially Michelle Obama’s “when they go low, we must strive to go high” speech.

The only problem with the Republicans’ complaints is that the president and his supporters have been using their First Amendment rights to scrutinize democrats since the beginning of his campaign. The President’s rallies, as we know, often get a little too rowdy, and even as far as making a video where Trump shoots people labeled “CNN” and “black lives matter”; but aside from the actions of his supporters, President Trump himself has openly made racist, misogynistic, anti-semitic, and flat out rude remarks about those who oppose him.

In this one instance where he faces ridicule directly to his face, we cannot help but hope that he tastes a little bit of his own medicine. While democrats aim to take the high road, we still have freedom of speech, and all the qualifications to carry out the privileges that being an American provides. 

Many people have voiced their concerns that booing Trump is stooping down to his level and is simply wrong, but to sit there and let Trump convince so many Americans that everything he says is the truth and everything else is simply “fake news,” to let him instill hatred in Americans for different races, religions, genders, is just not okay. We have let President Trump go on too long being “untouchable” because we always take the high road. Is booing him worsening the bipartisan state of this nation? Yes. But he fights dirty, and a stadium of thousands of people booing him is just one way to beat him at his own game. 

Over the course of only two weeks, these are just a few examples of the discontent that the American people feel about Donald Trump. Since the day he took office, there has been a buzz about whether he will be impeached, and now, years into his presidency, the impeachment inquiry is finally moving forward. Public hearings began on November 13, 2019 in Congress where key players testified that the now-infamous phone call between the president and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky indeed included a quid pro quo, namely the withholding of military aid to the country in exchange for dirt on President Trump’s key rival, Joe Biden.

Many Americans have much to say regarding the impeachment, yet most do not truly understand why people want to impeach Trump. 

Here’s the Sparknotes version: President Trump indirectly threatened to withhold the aid from Ukraine, unless Zelensky investigated Joe Biden and his son, who does a lot of his business in Ukraine. 

Many people feel that this is just President Trump doing “business.” But the fact of the matter is, the presidency is not a business. The rules of strategic business cannot be applied to running one of the most powerful nations in the world.

President Trump may see his actions as simply doing business, but he is using his presidency to further his personal agenda. Whether people feel that that is the President just being a “good businessman” does not matter; what he did was illegal. Though Trump and his supporters may feel that Trump is untouchable, he is not. He must be put through the legal process for committing illegal actions like any other American citizen.

Many people also feel that impeaching Trump is pointless because he will likely not be convicted. They feel that even if Congress does impeach him, and he gets a metaphorical “black mark” on his record, he cannot be removed from office unless the Senate convicts him, which will most likely never happen.

Yes, it is true that the impeachment will only taint his already unbelievably terrible reputation, and yes, that may feel pointless. But letting Trump get away with this, just as he does pretty much everything, is the worst mistake we can make. Putting him through a fair and legal process, and actually finding him guilty is something that is hard to simply call a “witch-hunt” (though no doubt he will). The impeachment is less about showing Trump he was wrong and more about showing his supporters that too. 

Proving to them that this is not just some media-orchestrated mission to make him look bad, but that the American government is finding him guilty of a legitimate crime. 

Impeachment may start and end in Congress, and President Trump may not be convicted in the Senate, but much like the booing in the stadiums last month, it sure may make us all feel a lot better.

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