Dr. Suzanne Chod discussed Trump’s second impeachment trial
As the second impeachment trial for Donald Trump got underway, many saw House managers clearly arguing that this trial is more than just about the former president, but that it sets a precedent for future generations that no matter when it occurs during one’s term, even in the last weeks of presidency, the acting president is not above the law. Dr. Suzanne Chod, associate professor of political science at North Central College, interviewed with WGN news where she shared what stood out to her compared to the last impeachment trial.
“What I found interesting, as you just reported, is that this impeachment is much simpler; that it is one article and it seems to be more cut and dry than the first impeachment trial,” said Dr. Chod. “What I found really interesting was that the defense of the former president seems to be quite similar to the defense when he was impeached a year ago. It is a politically motivated to hate on the left because they are afraid of his political power, they are afraid he could win another election, it’s retribution for him winning the 2016 election, so while the trials are playing out differently in regard to substance, the defense is quite similar. It didn’t really hold up all that well the first time, and I don’t think it’s going to hold up well this time at all.”