By Regina Baker, Assistant News Editor-
Following the 2020 Presidential election, Americans have been at odds. With recent protests and the break-in of the Capitol, there is a residing question of what is next to come.
The U.S. has been deeply affected by the break-in of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6 that was an act of resistance against President Trump’s loss in last year’s election. Since then, the government and officers want to ensure that Americans may keep their right to protest, while being aware of the detrimental consequences of breaking the law.
UTC’s Political Science Department Head & Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Government, Michelle Deardorff gave insight on the how America has been affected.
“Americans must understand the line. Is America more important than your party identification or is your party identification more important than America?” Deardorff asked.
Since the attack that caused panic amongst government officials and the death of one woman, the senate has decided to move forward with the second impeachment of Donald Trump. According to the impeachment investigation, President Donald J. Trump incited the violent events that occurred. Due to these infractions, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump and ensure that he is held accountable for his actions.
The senate placed Washington in a state of lockdown to ensure that presidential events are not met with the same outcome, following reports surrounding another riot on Inauguration Day. The upcoming year has been deeply affected by the government’s current state.
“Understanding the limits between political protest and destruction of democracy.”
College students broke records in 2020 bringing the biggest voter turnout for over a decade. With the nation in a divide, students still found a voice in our nation’s system.
Senior Political Science: American politics major, Nicole Messer explained how she feels as a student living through these historical events.
“We as a country must learn how to balance free speech and regulating hate speech and disinformation online, what levels on honesty we demand from our elected officials, and regaining faith in institutions.”
The break in caused the nation to be on high alert, as the government is trying to hold the line of due process and have a peaceful transition of power through the presidency. With this transition, there will be hope for the nation to have the safety of repairing our government.