After the impeachment acquittal, Donald Trump is ready to fight. There is still a lot to do, he announced. He’s working on a new vision for America.
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Donald Trump was delighted after the impeachment process was rejected by the US Senate. He used his acquittal to announce that his political movement was just beginning and called the trial against him a “witch hunt”. “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to make America great again has only just begun,” said the Republican. “There has never been anything like it!” Trump thanked the Republican senators for acquittal. The Democrats tried to undermine the rule of law. In a statement through his office, the former president announced:
“I have a lot to share with you in the months to come, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to reach American greatness for all of our people. We have never seen anything like it.”
Trump said he had a lot of work to do and announced a new vision “for a bright and borderless American future.” There is nothing that cannot be achieved together. America continues to be a people, a great nation under God, and it is “up to us to preserve this great heritage for our children.”
But it shouldn’t be that easy, because the Republican Party is not united behind the ex-president. Immediately after the acquittal, minority leader Mitch McConnell stepped in front of the mics.
Harsh words from Republican McConnell against Trump
Former President Donald Trump is, in the opinion of the Republican minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, “practically and morally” responsible for the storming of the Capitol by his supporters. Trump incited this for weeks with lies about his allegedly won election, McConnell said on Saturday in the Senate about his party colleague. Trump “orchestrated” the storming and “shamefully” violated his duties as president, McConnell said.
The Senator had nevertheless voted against a conviction of Trump because he considered the process to be unconstitutional after the end of Trump’s term in office. McConnell said he would have carefully examined the House of Representatives charges of “inciting riot” had Trump been president. Trump’s behavior likely would not have met the criminal law requirements for an incitement to conviction, but under the impeachment requirements, the Senate could have convicted Donald Trump for his “irresponsible acts,” he said. But this question is no longer applicable because Trump is no longer in office.
“The Senate’s decision does not excuse anything that happened on or before that terrible day,” said McConnell, referring to the storming of the Capitol on January 6th. He also sympathized with the seven Republican senators who voted with the Democrats for condemnation, McConnell said.
Acquittal of the charge of “incitement to riot”
Almost six weeks after the storming of the Capitol by angry supporters of Donald Trump, the US Senate had acquitted the ex-president of the charge of “inciting riot” in the impeachment proceedings. A majority of 57 senators voted on Saturday after just five days of negotiations for a condemnation of the Republican, but they missed the two-thirds majority of 67 votes necessary for a Senate conviction. 50 Democrats and seven Republicans voted to condemn Trump.