President That Should Have Been Impeached Essay

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  • Topic: Gerald Ford, President of the United States, Richard Nixon
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The 20th century president that I picked that could have been impeached is Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. I picked him because he was the only president of the United States who was never elected president by the Electoral College. Ford was also the president when the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam affair ended, being president during one of the worst economies since the Great Depression, and he presidentially pardoned ex-president Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

Ford could have been impeached because he chose to presidentially pardon ex-president Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. The Watergate scandal that made the majority of American citizen even more distrustful of the government of the United States. The fact that the Electoral College didn’t even elect him to the presidential seat may have increased the probability of him becoming impeached because it meant that he could have known about his predecessor’s questionable actions and been a part of it. He was vice president so one would think that he and the president would work rather closely because of their job titles and if one is working so closely together how Ford could not notice what Nixon was doing. Ford pardoning Nixon’s actions could have clued someone that they were in cahoots together and fostered even more distrust between the people of America and the government. The government could have had him impeached to save face and held him accountable for Nixon’s because of him the people of American were going to think that the government meant to pardon Nixon and it was all an even bigger conspiracy then the public already thought.

The time was pretty bad when Ford became president and even without him pardoning Nixon’s scandal all throughout his presidency he would be walking on egg shell because of the economy and his predecessor’s actions. People where generally very distrustful of the government since the depression and Nixon just nocked...
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