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EDITORIAL: Perception vs. Reality for Voters and Trump

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

In a partisan decision, 229 Democrats and one Independent voted yes while 195 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted no to impeach Trump for abuse of power, a violation of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. The action was followed by 228 Democrats and 1 Independent who voted yes, while 195 Republicans and 3 Democrats voted no to impeach Trump for obstruction of Congress, a violation of Article 2. Trump becomes the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives in U.S. history.

Some members of Congress have inarguably been trying to seek legal grounds to remove Trump from office since he entered the White House in 2016. His victory was a shock to the nation — reportedly to Trump, as well. He didn’t win the popular vote, leaving many Americans left to question their ability to pick presidents over the Electoral College, a smaller body of state representatives, whose vote gave Trump the victory and ultimately decides who becomes the nation’s commander in chief.

Trump is not presidential. He proved that during his campaign and repeatedly validates voters’ beliefs that he is ill-suited to hold the nation’s highest office. But there is a clear line of demarcation, with Democrats on one side, and Republicans on the other, over whether Trump should be removed or voted out of office for his ineptitude and abuse of power, or reelected in 2020 under the notion that he is actually making America great again.

Facts notwithstanding, the perception that the economy is moving in the right direction has many Americans feeling optimistic. Consumers are spending more money, workers’ wages are rising, unemployment rates are declining and funding proposals both for family medical leave and the support of HBCUs have passed. Federal inmates are hopeful that the jail doors will open soon due to the passage of the Second Chance Act and opportunities for vocational education have increased.

But there is still a perception that Trump does not deserve the credit, and that the bubble, filled with the great things he claims he’s done, will soon burst. The reality is he didn’t do it alone and it took bipartisan agreement and support to pass measures that best serve the needs of the American people.

As the 2020 primaries draw near, we encourage voters to remove partisanship from their radar and define the realities existing in their lives. Listen, question and, most importantly, cast your vote for the candidate whose perceptions speak to your reality — to your needs. It’s a decision you’ll have to live with for the next four years.

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