Impeachment, At Home: a new Best of SNO prompt

On Dec. 18, President Donald Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be formally impeached after the House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

While Trump’s impeachment is officially in the history books, his trial is far from over. According to the Constitution, the impeachment trial now moves to the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is required to convict the president and remove him from office. However, when that trial might begin, who will testify, how long it will last, and how it will be conducted, all remain unknown.

Here’s what we do know: This news has gripped the attention of Democrats and Republicans alike across the country, and people in your local community likely have opinions.

That brings us to this month’s Assignment Desk topic:

Impeachment, At Home


We want to get a feel for the political climate in your community right now, in the midst of the impeachment proceedings. Talk to people outside of your school — people who have voted before, at least in the last election. Track down that die-hard Trump supporter who proudly wears his MAGA hat each day, that staunch Bernie-Bro who was anti-Trump in the first place, that first-time voter who casted their vote for Trump (or not for Trump) in 2016. What’s going through their mind right now? What about the students in your school? Maybe they haven’t voted before but are about to have the opportunity in 2020 — How is this impeachment affecting them? Do your classmates understand what’s happening? Do they care? What do they think?

Here’s what we’re not looking for: Your personal rants, columns or other opinion pieces about it. It’s likely that you have them, but for Best of SNO it’s time to step outside of your comfort zone and talk with those who may or may not share your political views.

Prepare and publish them on your site. The submission process doesn’t change. We’ll be on the lookout for your impeachment coverage.