Trump vows return to political life after acquittal by Senate

Former President Donald Trump. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images/TNS

Former President Donald Trump cheered his impeachment acquittal Saturday after the Senate voted 57-43 against holding him accountable for inciting the violent storming of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

The vote fell well short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump as seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict the former president.

Trump lauded his acquittal as the end of “yet another chapter in the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.”

The ex-president vowed to use his vindication as a springboard to return to the political arena even after the wide condemnation of his actions on Jan. 6.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” Trump wrote in a statement. “I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together.”

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said history would harshly judge Trump and the GOP lawmakers who let him off the hook.

“The failure to convict former President Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the Senate,” Schumer said in a fiery speech after the acquittal. “This was about choosing country over Donald Trump and 43 Republican members chose Trump. Let it be a weight on their conscience.”

Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted to acquit Trump, said Trump’s actions amounted to “disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

The historic impeachment trial moved to a quick conclusion after Democratic lawmakers backed off an explosive effort to call witnesses, a process that might’ve extended the proceedings by days.

Trump’s defense derided the impeachment effort as a partisan sham that did not adhere to due process. They said Trump’s fiery speech was protected by the First Amendment, even though the impeachment is not a criminal trial.

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(11) comments

JohnMcElroy

Had Donald Trump been convicted what would have happened to the republican party? Did the 43 who voted against conviction fear losing their seats in congress. You got to believe that is what happened or the home states of the 43 would boot them off their next election ticket. Those 43 are not dishonest people they just need their jobs and that's the way it is February 15, Presidents Day in the USA. Let's help president Biden clean up our environment and go Mike Pompeo 2024.

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hermit thrush

dishonesty because you fear losing your job is till dishonesty.

JohnMcElroy

I think "beyond a reasonable doubt" makes it ok.

hermit thrush

how is there any reasonable doubt? trump was cheering on the rioters while the riot was occurring.

KRobbins

trump was cheering on the rioters while the riot was occurring.

Charles Manson never killed anyone. He merely told his followers to. Every one of these people going on trial is going to give some version of Trump told them to do it. I know he’s not going to be charged criminally. There’s a lower standard of proof in civil claims, tho. Wondering if he might face troubles there. The courts are going to be busy this summer.

Eagle24

Time will tell what civil suites come out of the Capitol and Georgia mess... they're getting lined up now... Attempting to commit election fraud "find" votes...

KRobbins

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,”

President Joe is busy cleaning up your mess. Stick to the golf and buckets of KFC.

Holmes

If you think that was a mess wait until the real mess gets here with your President Joe. I’ll remind you in a few months...

hermit thrush

the vaccination rate has been continuing to go up steadily. not saying that's because of biden, but he's definitely not messing it up.

KRobbins

Biden is doing the job of president. That’s a nice change. He’s doing it without being a demagogue. Also a nice change. Those who worship at the feet of tinpot gods who tell them what victims they are, are welcome to it. The rest of us will respect the fact that we have a responsible, mature adult in the WH who’s lacking the psychological issues his predecessor has.

KRobbins

I’m still in my 60s, but I look at Joe Biden as a role model for aging gracefully. He has sober judgment. He’s fit and healthy. He has a loving relationship with his spouse. Religion is a bedrock in his life.

Then there is Donald Trump. Angry grandpa. Some see in him a role model, I suppose. 😢

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