Yesterday, the Senate gathered for its final remarks and deliberations. Republicans and Democrats each made their statements; likewise, House impeachment managers and attorneys on Trump’s legal defense team presented their final cases before the Senate.
In the days leading up to Saturday’s finale, Republicans warned that there stood no chance of Trump being convicted. Democrats responded to this by arguing that the decision to acquit or convict would ultimately come down to courage vs. cowardice.
On Saturday afternoon, the United States Senate voted to officially acquit Trump for a second time, hence ending the impeachment trial, Breitbart News reports.
The Second Acquittal of Donald Trump
The votes in the Senate impeachment trial ultimately came down to 57 in favor of conviction and 43 in support of acquittal. Every single one of the 50 Democrats in the Senate voted for Trump’s conviction. 43 Republican senators voted to acquit the 45th president, while only seven GOP senators voted for conviction.
Well that was a waste of time.
Let’s get back to work.
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) February 13, 2021
With ten votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority, Trump received an acquittal. Republicans each released public statements explaining their individual reasons for voting as they did. Democrats also followed suit in addition to ripping Republicans who voted for acquittal.
This second impeachment trial against the 45th president trended on Saturday night and remains heavily talked about today. Liberal celebrities in Hollywood took to Twitter to have their meltdowns against the 43 Republicans who didn’t vote to convict the former president.
A Shift from Impeachment Proceedings
Donald Trump is the very first official in national history to be twice impeached and twice acquitted. With the Senate trial now over, Republicans are calling for Congress to move beyond opposing Trump and focus on helping the American people.
Now that President Trump is once again acquitted in latest unconstitutional effort, maybe Democrats will finally focus on getting to work for the American people.
Open the schools, deliver the vaccines – stop with the partisan attacks.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 13, 2021
During the impeachment trial and even before, polls indicated concerns about furthering political divisions in America. Moreover, a sizable amount of polled individuals agreed that holding the impeachment trial would only worsen division in the country.
With the trial now over, partisan divides are more elevated than ever. On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood before reporters, flanked by House impeachment managers, and ripped into Republicans whom she called “cowards.”
The GOP, on the other hand, is calling for Congress to move onto policy matters and away from impeachment.
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