‘TRUMP IMPEACHED’: How newspaper front pages reacted to Trump’s historic impeachment by the House of Representatives

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presided over the votes approving two counts of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday night. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  • President Donald Trump has been impeached by the US House of Representatives.
  • The House voted to charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, setting up a trial in the Senate where Trump is expected to be acquitted.
  • Newspapers across the US chose short headlines and dramatic pictures that focused on the historic moment that made Trump only the third US president to be impeached.
  • Business Insider rounded up 13 of the most striking front pages, which you can see below.
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President Donald Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives on Wednesday night.

The House voted on two articles: The first, charging Trump with abuse of power, passed 230-197; the second, charging Trump with obstruction of Congress, passed 229-198.

Both votes related to Trump’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who Trump asked to help gather information about the 2020 Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.

Next comes a trial in the Senate, where Trump is expected to be acquitted given the fact Republicans have a majority.

Newspapers across the US focused on the historic nature of the moment, as Trump became only the third US president to be impeached.

Business Insider rounded up the front pages of 13 newspapers, which used just three different headlines among them to describe the momentous day in US history. Take a look at the front pages below:


The New York Times went for a bold, all-caps headline: “TRUMP IMPEACHED.”

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The first edition of Thursday’s New York Times. The New York Times

The simple headline is a strategy that many newspapers used, including The Wall Street Journal. The paper used photos from the Capitol Hill vote as well as Trump’s rally in Michigan, which he held at the same time.

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Trump used the rally to vilify Democrats, tout the strong US economy, compliment Republicans for sticking by him, and claim he did nothing wrong.


USA Today made it even simpler …

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… as did the New York Daily News, which also emphasised how unusual the event was.

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The Washington Post’s cover image featured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced the adoption of the articles of impeachment.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer also used a photo from Trump’s rally, and it highlighted the partisan nature of the House vote.

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The San Francisco Chronicle also used a picture of Pelosi, choosing one from her speech to the media after the votes. It also highlighted key quotes from the day, including Pelosi saying: “Today we are here to defend democracy for the people.”

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Politico also kept the message simple …

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… as did the Chicago Tribune …

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… and Texas’ Houston Chronicle, which also highlighted pro-impeachment demonstrations and the potential for voters to be fatigued over the issue in 2020.

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Using the same picture, The Boston Globe highlighted the vote totals, which saw Trump receive more votes for his impeachment than either Bill Clinton or Andrew Johnson.

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The Tampa Bay Times used a picture of the chamber during the proceedings.

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And Minnesota’s Star Tribune framed Trump’s moment in light of Clinton and Johnson, the only two other US presidents to ever be impeached, and the Senate trial still to come.

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