President Donald Trump was technically impeached by the House of Representatives on December 18, 2019.
But it took almost a month for the articles of impeachment to be transmitted over to the Senate. On Wednesday, January 15, seven House managers officially handed those articles off to the upper chamber, which officially started the first stages of the impeachment trial on Thursday after Chief Justice John Roberts and the senators themselves were sworn in for the proceedings.
Also on Thursday, Trump tweeted out to his millions of followers that he “just got impeached” — and the phrase quickly took over the social media site.
“I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!” Trump wrote, in all capital letters, in his tweet.
I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
Trump is referring to a phone conversation that became the basis for the impeachment inquiry, where he is accused of having pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky into announcing an investigation into Trump’s potential rival in the 2020 general election, Joe Biden. Trump is also accused of having used military aid to Ukraine in order to leverage his pressure campaign on Zelensky.
The phone call, however, wasn’t all the evidence that investigators heard from — a number of witnesses described a shadow campaign, involving Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his associates, as well as State Department officials who were intent on helping the president to get what he wanted out of Zelensky.
Trump’s tweet on Thursday, however, prompted a number of Twitter users to respond back, with the real reasons why Trump was being impeached…and their own humorous takes of his “loud” tweet.
I JUST GOT IMPEACHED AND CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO TAKE CAPS LOCK OFF.
— MK Genest 🌊 (@MKGenest) January 16, 2020
I just got impeached
And this is crazy
But here's my number
Make a perfect phone call maybe
— Oliver Traldi (@olivertraldi) January 16, 2020
Also, talk about missing the point. Trump saying "I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL" is like Jefferey Dahmer saying "I JUST GOT ARRESTED FOR KEEPING MY FRIDGE FULLY STOCKED."
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) January 16, 2020
"I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR EXTORTING A FOREIGN COUNTRY BY ILLEGALLY WITHHOLDING CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED AID IN EXCHANGE FOR MADE-UP DIRT ON MY POLITICAL OPPONENT, AND THEN I TRIED AND FAILED TO COVER IT UP!"
Fixed it for ya…
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) January 16, 2020
“I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!!” pic.twitter.com/tM9FCLgwit
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) January 16, 2020
Often before I post a joke, I do a search to see if anyone else said it. If they did, I don’t post it. Clearly I wasn’t the first to think, “I JUST GOT IMPEACHED and all i got was this lousy t-shirt.” pic.twitter.com/YGhwMwKGtd
— Bobbie Oliver (@thebobbieoliver) January 17, 2020
Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got involved in the matter, sharing her thoughts on Trump’s tweet. “This is what silver spoon kids that are never held accountable for anything sound like,” she said.
This is what silver spoon kids that are never held accountable for anything sound like.
AKA very strong “Mom, yell at my teacher to bump my grade up” energy https://t.co/5Qz0sCt0FX
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 16, 2020
Americans overall are split on the idea of impeaching and removing the president, with a number of polls showing slightly more approve of him being impeached and removed than not. A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted last weekend, for example, found that 49 percent of Americans were happy with the House voting for Trump’s impeachment, while 43 percent expressed dissatisfaction with them doing so.
On whether the Senate should vote to remove Trump from office, the same poll found the same spread (49 percent to 43 percent) in favor of that body of Congress doing so.