The second impeachment trial against Trump, this time with him not in office, ended in his favor. Democrats did not convince enough Republican senators to impeach the former president. However, divisions within the GOP are becoming more and more evident. Trump issued a statement in a celebratory tone, expressing his intention to continue his career in politics. Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, blasted Trump for his role in the January 6. protests.
In a statement after the trial, Trump was defiant. He said that the Democrats transformed “justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree”.
“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honourably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate”, he continued, hinting at his future ambitions in politics.
“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people”.
The United States senate voted 57-43 in favor of acquitting Donald Trump Seven Republicans voted to impeach Trump, but the vote fell short of the 2/3 majority (67 votes) needed for the impeachment.
The majority of Senate Republicans insisted that the impeachment was unconstitutional, no matter whether Trump was guilty of inciting the crowd at Capitol Hill or not. However, they were still divided over their assessment of Trump’s actions, and by proxy, his political ambitions.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor after the vote that Trump’s actions before and on January 6 were a “disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.” However, McConnell did vote to acquit the president.
“President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it,” McConnell said.
“The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president, and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole, which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.”
Democrats, on the other hand, decided to focus their attacks on the Republicans that voted to acquit. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. attacked Republicans for refusing to impeach Trump, stating that they were more concerned about their political survival than protecting the constitution.
“What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options, because they were afraid to defend their job, respect the institution in which they serve,” Pelosi said of the majority of the Senate GOP who found Trump “not guilty” of incitement of insurrection.
Pelosi might not be entirely wrong in her statements, as Trump is still influential among some GOP leaders, as well as among the voters. The battle for the future of the GOP is just starting to unfold.
In these volatile political times, we can at least count on one thing; leftist violence. A leftist mob attacked Michael van der Veen’s house, who was one of former President Trump’s defense attorneys during the Senate impeachment trial.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that vandals spray-painted “TRAITOR” on the driveway of his home, and a group of demonstrators gathered outside of his law office and called him a “fascist.”
“My home was attacked last night — windows broken, spray paint, really bad words spray painted everywhere. And the thing is, you guys don’t know me, but you know I’m not a controversial guy. I’m not politically minded so to speak,” he said.