Senate acquits Trump who promises to continue: the historic movement has only just begun


The Senate voted to impeach Donald Trump a second time. He still got the vote this Saturday, which resulted in his acquittal. 57 voted for the prosecution and 43 for absolution. He needed two-thirds for the prosecution.

Donald Trump was on trial over his involvement in the January 6 invasion of the Capitol and senators opted to absolve him.

All 50 Democratic senators voted for the conviction, joined by seven Republican senators: Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania. These representatives ended up, in fact, being greeted by the Democratic leader in the Senate, in the final speech. “I salute the patriotic Republicans who did what was right. And it was not easy,” said Chuck Schumer. There were other Republicans criticizing the ex-president’s actions, but they ended up not voting in favor of the conviction because they thought the procedure for ex-presidents was not constitutional. In fact, that was the explanation of the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (who voted for absolution), in the final declaration. Even though the House of Representatives started the impechment process, Trump was still in the presidency. Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer then appealed to McConnell to support an emergency session to start the trial, which McConnell declined, leading to the case starting to be considered by Biden already in the presidency.

At the end of the session, the acquittal had already been declared, McConnell admitted that Trump could still be criminally charged for his alleged role in the January 6 events. McConnel even said that Trump committed a “shameful abandonment of duty” by refusing to intervene when his supporters invaded the Capitol. “There is no doubt whatsoever that President Trump is, in practice and morally responsible for causing the day’s events,” adding that the demonstrations became violent because Trump told supporters “a series of lies” about the elections.

With this result, Trump is left free to run for future public office, namely for the Presidency in 2024. However Schumer believes that the Americans will not give him that carte blanche. “He deserves to be convicted, and I believe he will be convicted in the court of public opinion”, continuing:[Trump] it deserves to be permanently discredited permanently and I believe that it was discredited in the eyes of the American people and in the historical judgment “.

After the vote, Trump has already issued a statement, declaring that the truth has been defended, thanking senators and congressmen who “proudly defended the constitution”. And he left the warning: “Our beautiful, historic and patriotic movement to ‘Make America Great Again’ has only just begun. In the coming months, I have a lot to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together, to achieve American greatness for all new people. There was never anything like this “.

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