Former President Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday for his supposed role in inciting the January 6th Capitol riot, after the Senate voted and failed to reach a super majority. Forty-three members of the Senate voted to acquit Trump, while 57 voted to convict him. His acquittal means that he could still run for public office in the future, should he choose to do so.
“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.”Statement by former President Donald Trump
Despite seven Republican senators voting to condemn Trump in the impeachment trial, the Right as a whole believes that Trump is not to blame for the Capitol raid. “Suddenly the word ‘fight’ is off limits? Spare us the hypocrisy and false indignation. It’s a term used over and over and over again by politicians on both sides of the aisle,” stated Trump defense attorney Michael van der Veen.
“The Democrats’ vindictive and divisive political impeachment is over. While there are still many questions that remain unanswered, I do know neither the Capitol breach nor this trial should have ever occurred. Hopefully, true healing can now begin.”Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TN) tweeted, “The results of the Senate impeachment trial: 1. Donald J Trump acquitted 2. Taxpayer dollars wasted 3. The nation further divided. Democrats look like fools for calling this SHAM a ‘success.'” Hollywood entertainment lawyer turned political commentator Logan O’Handley noted, “Trump said ‘peacefully and patriotically protest‘ and got impeached. Cuomo lied about thousands of nursing home murders and got an Emmy.”
The Left believes he is guilty nonetheless. “The truth is, this attack never would have happened but for Donald Trump,” argued Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA).
“He built this mob over many months with repeated messaging until they believed that they had been robbed of their vote and they would do anything to stop the certification. He made them believe that their victory was stolen and incited them, so he could use them to steal the election for himself.”Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
CNN’s Maeve Reston argued that the acquittal sets a “dangerous precedent that even an autocratic leader who violates his oath of office can escape punishment if he bullies enough senators into standing by him.” Jason Sattler, an op-ed columinst for USA Today, argued that the outcome of the impeachment trial shows that “Republicans can’t be trusted with our democracy.” “43 people decided that the worst violation of the Constitution by a President in our nation’s history was okay,” tweeted filmmaker Bob Reiner.