Following a House Judiciary hearing that saw multiple constitutional experts, including some called by Republicans, claim Donald Trump's actions warrant impeachment, President Trump did what most reasonable world leaders would do.
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday, December 5, to defend himself.
Claiming he wanted to get "back to business," Trump asked Democrats to impeach him now and fast.
The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are d… https://t.co/IAVCju4OyT— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1575550881.0
.....trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi… https://t.co/XJcHnT0Vmb— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1575550881.0
For once, Twitter users agreed with the President: he needed to be impeached ASAP!
@realDonaldTrump 2016: "I will drain the swamp!" 2019: "I will clean the swamp!" 2020: "I quadrupled the swamp."— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@Trumpy Trumpy (parody))1575551016.0
Fortunately, the House obliged.
Just a short while after Trump's tweets, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference in which she asked House officials to draw up the Articles of Impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the status of the Trump impeachment inquiry: "In the course of today's events, it bec… https://t.co/N73ZaRaASg— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1575555356.0
@realDonaldTrump Nancy Pelosi just announced that the House Judiciary Committee will draft Articles of Impeachment… https://t.co/rEEnkoAqrp— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1575556078.0
The things Donald Trump's subordinates and allies testified he did and the corroborating evidence are serious.
Hopefully he will be held accountable.
Pelosi never wanted to impeach. She wanted to beat him in a fair election. But that's just it. He didn't want a fa… https://t.co/CV25ytP2Z1— St. Nick Jack Pappas (@St. Nick Jack Pappas)1575558587.0
The evidence presented before the House was both deeply upsetting and damning. Donald Trump took an oath to preserv… https://t.co/mfH5L5Dxsj— Cory Booker (@Cory Booker)1575556477.0
The online meme factory also reacted quickly to Trump's tweeted requests.
@realDonaldTrump You know it I know it everyone knows it! https://t.co/KwlkUJLejz— Barbara Camp (@Barbara Camp)1575551762.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/WeDjOuzRHN— AlanG (@AlanG)1575551827.0
Many are reacting to Pelosi's announcement with laughter—this is, after all, what Trump asked for.
Trump: “do it now...” Madam Speaker: no prob fam #impeachment #doitnow https://t.co/rcdwetH0au— Julie Holt (@Julie Holt)1575556442.0
Thanks Madam Speaker https://t.co/xeieEwaRAl— Carmen S. Canino (@Carmen S. Canino)1575557311.0
@realDonaldTrump A great day for America and democracy! Thank you, Madam Speaker. https://t.co/Zb8Ilu8mIh— DeeHour (@DeeHour)1575556385.0
And things are only going to speed up from here, President Trump.
It’s now almost certain that President Trump will be impeached by the House, likely along a party line vote. WH re… https://t.co/BTBE1eAIW3— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1575555763.0
@politico He is getting his wish! Trump is getting what he asked for!! 🍑— Iris M Berrios (@Iris M Berrios)1575556361.0
@politico He's pretty confident the senate will shut it down— Lori Taylor (@Lori Taylor)1575554827.0
Whether or not the Senate votes to convict Trump, this President will go down in history in a special, very exclusive group.
The House of Representatives has impeached 19 federal officers in the history of the United States.
Of these, 15 were federal judges. Thirteen were district court judges, one a court of appeals judge and one a Supreme Court Associate Justice. One was a United States Senator and the other a cabinet member.
Two were Presidents: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both, however, were later acquitted by the Senate.