By Lucas Southwell
It was business as usual Thursday at Grand Rapids Community College. Students drove through traffic hoping to find a decent parking spot before they were late for class. The campus was littered with students and faculty as they walked to and from lectures. Many researched and made decisions about their academic futures at the annual College Transfer Fair. Most of them were blissfully unaware of the historically significant events happening at the same time in their nation’s capital. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had announced Tuesday that she would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and by Thursday the impeachment inquiry had begun.
This was after the release of a memorandum of a telephone conversation between Trump and Ukraineian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which it appears that Trump asked Zelensky to help him dig up information regarding Hunter Biden, the son of Trump’s political opponent Joe Biden.
”It wasn’t a surprise to me,” said Dontae Sims, 25. ”I figured before his next reelection there would be some form of impeachment due to the ongoing threats of impeachment.”
There have been discussions of impeaching Donald Trump for various reasons ever since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. This gave the party the power to start the impeachment process.
”I think it’s ridiculous,” said Peyton Newman. ”I don’t believe that he should be impeached. I feel like he should remain as president.”
Meanwhile, Edward Gillespie, 26, embraced the news.
”I love it,” Gillespie said. ”It’s time for change. It’s time to start taking the world seriously and he’s not the one to do it”
Gavin Burns, 18, was also pleased by the news.
”I think they should have already pushed to impeach Donald,” Burns said. ”So I think this is great.”
Nicholas Carpenter disagrees.
”The Democrats are out of control,” Carpenter said. ”They need to stay away from impeaching President Trump, and actually care about the people that they are trying to protect.”
While some students oppose the impeachment inquiry, others view it as necessary given the current evidence.
”Impeach him,” said 19-year-old Allisandra Carter. ”Either they are going to impeach him or he’s going to resign.”
Carter added that she thinks Trump might have too big of an ego to resign, and that he would probably refuse to unless ”someone close to him” suggests it.
”The government has been dropping the ball on Trump,” said Marquay Pinkley, ”Honestly, this is the only time they shouldn’t drop the ball. They have all the evidence and they can get more if they want to impeach him. Just finish the job.”
Others, like Manpaul Singh, 22, support the impeachment inquiry but doubt its overall effectiveness at this point in Trump’s presidency.
”It’s too late,” Singh said. ”If it was initiated when he first got elected something would’ve happened. (Now) it’ll only help if he gets reelected.”
Sarabprit Multani, 19, thinks the impeachment will be successful to some extent, but is concerned about the country’s future beyond impeachment.
”I feel like once you get impeached, you’re done,” Multani said. Multani seemed confident in the impeachment’s eventual success but said he’s more worried about Trump’s replacement in the wake of his ”chaotic” presidency.
Michael Woolston, 20, says he supports Pelosi’s decision to move ahead with impeachment proceedings.
”I think it’s a great move,” said Woolston, who had choice expletives reserved for the president. ”I (just) don’t think it’s gonna happen because the system is so rigged and out of control.”
Woolston also admitted that he had heard about the week’s events through social media but hadn’t ”looked to far into” the details of the situation himself. He said he used to keep up with politics more thoroughly but he ”sort of lost interest a couple months ago. I just got busy with a lot of stuff.”
Woolston did not seem alone in his disinterest in political affairs. Most GRCC students approached Thursday declined to comment, claiming they knew very little about the situation or that they were not aware that the events had taken place at all.
Collegiate staff writer Jamie Millier contributed to this report.