Senator McConnell takes slap at Trump’s acquittal in the Senate.
McConnell's remarks were wrong and unnecessary
Former President Trump was acquitted in an unusual second impeachment trial on the charge of inciting an insurrection for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, making him the first and only president to impeached and acquitted twice in history.
Trump was found not guilty on Saturday in a 57-43 vote because two-thirds of the Senate body was needed for a conviction.
The seven GOP senators who joined with the Democrats in voting guilty were: Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) voted not guilty on the impeachment vote but followed with a discursive speech. He essentially argued that Trump was guilty of insurrection, but impeachment was constitutionally impermissible. He even readily advised that Trump might be prosecuted criminally at a later time.
There can be little ambiguity that McConnell is not a fan of Donald Trump. His comments (it’s not over yet) regarding possible criminal charges add to the country’s division; like Democrats, McConnell can’t get over Trump, a man who got things done with or without his backing.
It is difficult to grasp why McConnell even grabbed the microphone. Because we think Trump was not guilty of the insurrection charges, because the Impeachment proceedings mirrored the “witch hunt” that occurred during the first Impeachment proceedings, and because Trump was denied due process of law, we find McConnell’s judgment suspect.
As expected, Democrats were quick to seize on McConnell’s comments. Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I), House Impeachment Manager, praised the speech.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the Republicans cowardly and said McConnell intentionally delayed the proceedings so it could be argued that a President no longer in office was not impeachable. She called his speech disingenuous. Are these people McConnell’s new friends? We doubt it. We think he has lost more than a few supporters in the Republican party as well.