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December 19, 2019

President Donald Trump's impeachment split Congress – and continues to divide the internet

A divided House of Representatives voted on Wednesday night to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Congress voted mostly down party lines, with the first article of impeachment, on abuse of power, passing 230 to 197. Two Democrats, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted against it. Van Drew also plans to switch parties. 

The second article, on obstruction, passed 228-198. Rep. Jared Golden, of Maine, joined fellow Democrats in opposing it. No Republican voted in favor of impeachment on either charge.

Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by Congress. Former presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached but not removed from office. 

The articles will next move to the Republican-led Senate for a trial, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that she doesn't plan to hand them over until the Senate has a plan in place for the trial. Her announcement followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing that he planned to acquit the president. 

The historic event has shaken up many people — Republicans and Democrats, alike. 

Some responded to Pelosi's stark reaction to the Democrats celebrating after she banged her gavel to announce the president had been impeached.

However, this woman was more scared than anything.

Many were excited about Pelosi's stance on the matter. 

But others, like Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn, didn't find her hesitancy to hold onto the articles of impeachment all that appealing.

Though, this comedian highlighted a fact from previous years.

Meanwhile, this guy simply wanted people to understand that impeachment doesn't actually mean he's getting removed from office. 

And then, there's this guy. He kept his political opinion to himself. He just wanted to finally use this very appropriate GIF. 

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