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Impeachment Memes Are Spreading Like Wildfire After Historic House Vote

Donald Trump has become the third U.S. president ever to be impeached by politicians in the House of Representatives—and the internet memes are flowing.

Not least from the president himself, who shared an image of himself to his 67.7 million followers on Twitter in the wake of yesterday's vote with the caption: "In reality they're not after me, they're after you, I'm just in the way." Today, #Trump2020 became a trending topic.

Memes were not limited to one side of the political divide, with images shared with hashtags such as #ImpeachmentDay and #ImpeachmentVote.

A barrage of discourse has spread quickly on social media in the time since the House of Representatives passed two impeachment charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A trial about removal from office will potentially take place in the Republican controlled Senate, widely expected to fail.

Whatever the outcome, Trump now finds himself in the company of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, the only other presidents to be impeached. On Twitter, reactions to the House vote spurred intense debate, not all of it serious. "I'm here for the Trump memes," as one user admitted.

Many posts on the platform attracted hundreds of shares and likes, with a popular upload being the 2014 tweet from Trump which asked: "Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?" One popular response to that simply read: "guess he found out huh."

Here are some of the highlights from both sides.

As tweets spread, House speaker Nancy Pelosi described the impeachment outcome as a "great day for the Constitution" but "a sad one for America." At a Michigan rally, Trump blasted his opponents as "declaring open war on American democracy," CNN reported.

Adam Schiff, chair of the Intelligence Committee, tweeted to say Trump's "grave misconduct" had left "no choice but to impeach." Schiff added: "No one is above the law."

The Intelligence Committee alleged president Trump used the powers of his office to "solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election." Trump was accused of asking Ukraine's president to announce investigations into his political rival Joe Biden, officials said.

It stated: "To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary."

After the House vote, the White House shared a scathing statement describing the decision as "one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our Nation."

"The President is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, all of which were ignored in the House proceedings," read the release from the White House press secretary. "He is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated."

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US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a Keep America Great Rally at Kellogg Arena December 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Michigan. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty
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