McConnell Shoves Trump Under Bus As Senate Votes To Acquit Trump

Written by Carmine Sabia

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, former President Donald Trump has been acquitted in his impeachment trial part 2.

The vote was 57 – 43 to convict, not reaching the two-thirds majority that is necessary for conviction. There were seven Republicans who voted to stab the former president in the back and to remove the former president from a job he no longer has. But they needed 10 more votes to convict, Politico reported.

The verdict was long foreshadowed by Senate Republicans, who said they were unmoved by the House managers’ central argument that Trump’s months long campaign to subvert the election results, as well as his incendiary remarks to a Jan. 6 crowd, sparked the violent riots.

But the 57-43 vote marked the first time since 1868 that a majority of the Senate voted to convict a president on an impeachment charge. And the seven Republicans who broke ranks are the most to support the conviction of a president from their own party.

Those turncoats were Sens. Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey. But the biggest turncoat of them all, Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, voted to acquit.

The Kentucky senator said that his vote to acquit was based on the fact that he did not believe the Senate had the Constitutional authority to convict him.

But, after shredding the former president in a speech in front of the Senate and the world, he did hint at saying Trump should be criminally prosecuted.

“A mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name…He was the only one [who could end it.]…The president did not act swiftly, he did not do his job…he watched television happily, happily as the chaos unfolded,” McConnell said.

“They did this because they’d been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth because he was angry he lost an election,” he said. “President Trump is practically and morally responsible.”

“It was obvious that only President Trump could end this … The president did not act swiftly. He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed and order restored,” McConnell said in his takedown of the former president.

“With police officers bleeding and broken glass covering Capitol floors, he kept repeating election lies and praising the criminals,” he said.

“Trump is still liable for everything he did while he’s in office. He didn’t get away with anything yet,” he said as he said that the former president could be criminally prosecuted.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney made history as the first Senator to vote to impeach a president of his own party.

And Sen. Richard Burr, other than McConnell, may have given the strongest anti-Trump statement of anyone on the Republican side.

“The facts are clear,” he said. “ The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Therefore, I have voted to convict.”