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Community divided on President Trump's impeachment

Posted at 10:45 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 23:17:33-05

TOWSON, Md. — "We're talking about removing the President. We should not be rushed, there should be fairness," said Solomon Omo-Osagie, a Professor of Political Science at Baltimore City Community College.

He's been following the impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump since the beginning.

"I think has created some of a divide in the country. Some of my friends I can't even have conversations with them," said Omo-Osagie.

Strong opinions on both sides.

"It needs to be at this point. That's what I think," said Doreen Christian. Cory Doss disagreed and said, "they could be doing more with their time."

WMAR-2 News spoke with people in the Towson community on Wednesday night. Everyone said they've been focused on every update of the impeachment process.

"You're gonna make better choices and you're gonna just pay attention more to who comes in to be in charge or try to be in charge," Christian said.

Some say what's happening now, won't impact their 2020 vote. "I vote for the best candidate," said Doss.

Wednesday, President Trump was impeached by the house, which is predominately democrats. "Impeachment is not a frivolous tool. It’s not something the majority can use just because," said Omo-Osagie. "I just want them to say wait a minute. This is our nation. We don’t have to destroy it because we disagree or because we don’t like the president or because 63 million people made a mistake in 2016."

Omo-Osagie is concerned that partisan politics is threatening the integrity of our democracy.

"People are not taking head to the fact that we will have a democrat as president and we will have conservatives in the majority. When that time comes they are going to determine what constitutes an impeachable offense and the standards could be fairly low," said Omo-Osagie. "Removing the president, Democrat or Republican, should not be a trivial matter. What I mean by that is if two parties have fundamental disagreement on policy, but they have a hard time reconciling those differences then they resort to using impeachment as a tool."

President Trump now faces a trial in the US Senate, which is predominately republicans.