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The Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to officially acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.
Regarding the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power,” 52 voted “not guilty” and 48 voted “guilty.”
Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on this charge against the president, and he’s about to pay the price for it.
Soon after his betrayal, Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said Romney “should be expelled” from the Republican Party.
Trump Jr. took to Twitter to denounce Romney, claiming that he is “forever bitter that he will never be” president.
“He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now,” the president’s son tweeted. “He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.”
Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now.
He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 5, 2020
Like many Americans, Republicans are furious with Romney.
After he voted with Democrats last week on a motion to allow witness testimony in the Senate trial, Romney learned that he will not be invited to this year’s CPAC.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of CPAC, tweeted that Romney has been blocked from speaking at the event.
Romney has spoken at CPAC for many years, dating back to his failed 2012 presidential run. So disinviting him after this long speaks volumes.
“The “extreme conservative” and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020,” Schlapp wrote.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2020
While Romney will always be a closet liberal working against the president, his plan of voting against the president backfired in spectacular fashion.
On the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power,” 52 voted “not guilty” and 48 voted “guilty.”
52 Republicans voted to acquit the president, with GOP Sen. Mitt Romney and all 47 Senate Democrats voting to convict the president.
Romney was the only Republican to vote against the president.
The vote on the second article of impeachment, “obstruction of Congress,” concluded with a 53-47 vote along party lines.
All 53 Republicans voted to acquit the president and all 47 Senate Democrats voted to convict the president.
Romney sided with Republicans to acquit the president on the charge of obstruction of Congress.
The president has been acquitted of both impeachment charges.
At this point, we all knew exactly how the Senate trial would play out.
Trump was completely acquitted and fully exonerated in the Senate because the Democrats’ case was incredibly weak.
Democrats spent a month complaining about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holding an unfair investigation, but that’s literally what Democrats did for three months in the House of Representatives.
Democrats endlessly whined, issued ridiculous demands, and are already claiming the process was “rigged.”
They have accused Trump of just about everything imaginable, and after months of wasting taxpayer dollars to hold impeachment hearings, they still can’t prove the president did anything wrong.
And now, one day after his historic State of the Union address, the president has been acquitted and Republicans are calling for Romney to be expelled from the Republican Party.