Trump 2024: To be, or not to be

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief

After the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, calls for former Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment were made. Despite Pence’s estrangement with Trump following the attack, Pence didn’t plan to and choose not to invoke the 25th Amendment. This led to the House of Representatives charging impeachment of former President Trump for the second time making Trump the first President of the United States to be impeached twice. Even though Trump’s term had only a week left following the impeachment charge, if the Senate approves of the impeachment with a 2/3rd majority vote, Trump would be unable to run for President for a second term in the future. 

At the time majority leader of the Senate Mitchell McConnell announced following the House of Representatives charge of impeachment that he would not call for an emergency session before the next scheduled session on Jan. 19. 

The Jan. 19 hearing was focused on confirming President Biden’s cabinet and preparing for the switch of a Democrat-majority Senate. Even with a Democrat-majority Senate, it is not guaranteed that the Senate will get a 2/3rd majority vote to convict former President Trump. In order for a conviction, there needs to be at least 67 Senators of the total 100 Senators voting yes for convicting Trump. If they only get 66 or fewer votes for yes, Trump will not be convicted.

Could Trump run for President in 2024? If he isn’t convicted by the Senate then yes he can, but it’s a matter of if the Republican party will nominate him or not. It’s not a secret that after the last four years, a lot of Republicans dislike Trump enough that they voted for Biden.

Now, if Trump is convicted by the Senate, it’s a lot more complicated than a simple no he can’t. Trump and his legal team do have the right to appeal the impeachment and because it’s such a high-level government lawsuit, the case will ultimately end up in the hands of the Supreme Court. Where the Supreme Court could completely dismiss hearing the case, which they probably won’t do because of how serious an impeachment is, or they can hear the case by having at least four justices vote to hear the case. If they hear the case, it will lead to the hearing of the case and in the end, what the Supreme Court Justices decide to do. 

Regardless of what they decide, the Supreme Court has the final say on Constitutional related cases unless the case is brought to a future group of Supreme Court Justices, and we can go through the whole Judicial process all over again.

Therefore, until the Senate has their impeachment trial and verdict, the Trump campaign has the right to start campaigning and planning for the 2024 Presidential election.

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