In his final hours as President of the United States, Donald Trump has dominated headlines. From pardoning more than 100 people to issuing discriminatory executive orders, he has remained extremely active as he exits the Oval Office. The biggest bombshells may be ahead as a recent report suggests that the 45th U.S. President may be interested in creating his own political party. At this time, it is unclear how serious Trump is about pursuing this avenue, but it is financially feasible. Many of his biggest supporters were not associated with the Republican Party before he ran in 2016. Not to mention, he earned the second-most votes in a presidential election in U.S. history.
There is one hurdle that may trip up the former President. Earlier this month, he became the first President in U.S. history to be impeached twice. During the first weeks of President Joe Biden's tenure, the Senate will proceed with an impeachment trial. If two-thirds of the Senate moves to impeach Trump, Congress could then vote to keep him out of office permanently. However, there are clear obstacles in making this possible. Democrats would need approximately 16 Republican Senators to vote to impeach the former President and then vote to keep him out of office permanently. While some members of the Republican Party have distanced themselves from Trump following the Capitol Hill riots, it is too early to determine whether or not there are enough Senators willing to ban Trump from office. In fact, Sen. Lindsey Graham has gone as far as to ask Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer not to hold any impeachment hearings once Trump has left office.
“But now, in your first act as majority leader, rather than begin the national healing that the country so desperately yearns for, you seek vengeance and political retaliation instead,” Graham wrote in a letter to McConnell.
“While the vice president and Senate Republicans rejected unconstitutional actions, you seek to force upon the Senate, what would itself be but one more unconstitutional action in this disgraceful saga — the impeachment trial of a former president.”
From impeachment to a possible political party, the first 100 days of Trump's exit may be as eventful as Biden's first 100 days in office.
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