Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House of Representatives would be opening up a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. After years of calling for Trump’s impeachment, it seems the Democrats have finally won. But is an official impeachment inquiry really a win for the Democrats?

There’s been a lot of apprehension from Republicans over the impeachment inquiry. Whether it’s concern that the inquiry could damage Trump’s reputation or exasperation with the Democrat’s endless attempts to dig up dirt on Trump, many have been quick to criticize the impeachment inquiry and the House Democrats for initiating it. Here’s the thing, the impeachment inquiry may have just sealed Trump’s win in the 2020 Presidential election. 

There’s a reason Pelosi has been putting off attempting to impeach Trump despite significant vocal support for it. Claiming that Trump is impeachable is the Democrat’s last big smear against Trump. Everything else they’ve tried to use against him has ended up a dead end. Pelosi knows the impeachment will too, which is why she’s waited so long to pursue it. If, or should I say when, this impeachment doesn’t succeed, there’s nothing left that the Democrats can hold against Trump. They can no longer claim that he’s impeachable. 

Trump hasn’t done anything impeachable. His phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is no more incriminating than the Mueller Report, which the Democrats spent years saying would lead to Trump’s impeachment. In all of America’s history only two presidents have been impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, both of whom were acquitted by the Senate. Even if, despite all odds, Trump were to be impeached by the House, the Senate would likely vote to acquit him. Trump will not be the first US President to be removed from office by impeachment. 

Maybe the Democrats are hoping he’ll pull a Nixon and resign during the inquiry. Let’s be real though, Trump’s not throwing in the towel that easily. If the Democrats try to force him out of the White House, he’ll leave fighting tooth and nail.

Regardless of how far the impeachment inquiry progresses, it’s bad news for the Democrats. Although it may seem like impeaching Trump is a popular move, impeachments never sit well with the public. When Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, favorability towards the Republican party, the party that initiated Clinton’s impeachment, plummeted. The same thing will happen to the Democratic party now, heading in to the 2020 election. 

The bottom line is, this impeachment inquiry is good for Trump’s 2020 campaign and may have already solidified his win. At this point, the Democrats are just grasping at straws which is indicative of their desperation. They know that “Sleepy Joe” Biden or Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, the two leading Democratic primary candidates, can’t beat Trump in the election. The Democrat’s last hope for 2020 is that this new smear campaign is enough to push Trump out of office. The reality, though, is that the impeachment inquiry will only bolster support for Trump.

Nicole D