Trump's impeachment acquitters should be shamed and shunned

Andrew Cummings
February 14, 2021

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump concluded Saturday with his acquittal.

If he had been convicted, the Senate could have voted to bar him from running for office ever again.

After the vote, the senior Republican in Congress, Senator Mitch McConnell said Mr Trump had been "responsible" for the assault on the Capitol and called it a "disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty". Mr McConnell was instrumental in delaying Mr Trump's trial until after he left office, on 20 January.

"He didn't get away with anything yet", McConnell said. "We hardly heard from the president, only in written statements, he does not have access to his twitter account and one adviser to the president told me that is directly related to that, is that he is concerned that charges could happen and could be awaiting him".

In their closing statements, the Democratic House of Representatives lawmakers appointed to shepherd the process through the Senate warned that it would be unsafe to acquit Mr Trump. "It's something that Liz Cheney said as well, implying there could be a prosecution in Donald Trump's future related to what happened on January 6th and the role that he played in it". "So we're gonna find out".

He said: "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".

"January 6th will live as a day of infamy in the history of the United States of America".

"This impeachment has been a complete charade from beginning to end", he said.

Sasse has long criticized Trump's authoritarian streak.

"Our historic, patriotic and handsome movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun", he said. His base, by all indications, is still largely intact. Seven Republican senators did their duty and voted to convict, as did all 50 senators in the Democratic caucus, making it impossible for Trump and his apologists to claim that this impeachment was a purely partisan exercise.

Trump did not emerge from this impeachment trial unscathed, however. "House managers made fools of themselves". But Willis spokesman Jeff DiSantis told The Associated Press that a call Trump made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last month is "part of it". But after emergency consultations to avoid any hold-up, they changed their ruling to admit written statements only.

Sadly, given the polarization that Trump both promoted and profited from - and a stark divide in the media landscape - numerous former president's most fervent followers will see his acquittal as vindication of a president who was subjected by the House to "constitutional cancel culture".

McConnell had signalled last month that he was open to finding Trump guilty, which in itself was an eye-opening signal of his alienation from the former president. But he blasted a shambolic performance by Trump's legal team at the start of the trial while praising Democrats for presenting a compelling case.

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