For the first time in U.S. history, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted for impeachment of a president, and for the first time in U.S. history, to impeach a former president. (Sen. Mitt Romney previously made Donald Trump’s first impeachment bipartisan for the first time in history).
The Senate voted 57-43 to impeach former president Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. Only seven Republicans broke from the Party of Trump: Richard Burr (retiring), Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Pat Toomey (retiring).
Unfortunately, it takes a two-thirds majority vote of the Senate to convict in an impeachment trial, and a tyranny of a minority of 43 radicalized Republicans, all of whom participated in Donald Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election in a landslide and that the election was stolen from him, voted to normalize a Republican president engaging in sedition and insurrection to overturn the vote of the people in an election and to establish himself as a dictator, thereby ending American democracy.
UPDATE: Former President Trump thanked his servile lickspittle lackeys in the Senate who voted to acquit him on Saturday, and promised that his “movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.” These 43 senators now own the domestic violence that is certain to follow. As Maureen Dowd recounts of her interviews with Donald Trump, Trump’s Taste for Blood (excerpts):
[E]verything bloodcurdling that happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 flowed from his bloodthirsty behavior. He had always been cruel and selfish, blowing things up and reveling in the chaos, gloating in the wreckage. But it was only during his campaign that he realized he had a nasty mob at his disposal. He had moved into a world that allowed him to exercise his malice in an extraordinary way, and he loved it.
[O]nce Trump got into politics, he realized, with growing intoxication, that the more incendiary he was, the more his fans would cheer. He found that he could really play with the emotions of the crowd, and that turned him on. Now he had the chance to command a mob, so his words could be linked to their actions.
Trump never cared about law and order or the cops. He was thrilled that he could unleash his mob on the Capitol and its guardians, with rioters smearing blood and feces and yelling Trump’s words and going after his targets — Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence.
Trump not caring about the fate of his vice president was the inevitable sick end of the pairing of the Sociopath and the Sycophant.
January 6, 2021 is a date which will live in infamy. February 13, 2021 is another date which will live in infamy.
This was the first impeachment in U.S. history in which senators were not only the jurors, but the victims and witnesses to the crime, with the trial held at the scene of the crime.
Still, 43 radicalized Republicans, all of whom participated in Donald Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election in a landslide and that the election was stolen from him, gave Donald Trump a pass for his sedition and insurrection.
Trump even threatened the life of his own Vice President, and members of Congress. It is only by a miracle of chance and the heroics of Capitol Police officers that Mike Pence and members of Congress were not killed that day. By their vote, 43 Republicans declared they did not care.
UPDATE: Dana Milbank writes, Trump left them to die. 43 Senate Republicans still licked his boots.
43 radicalized Republicans have now invited this violent response as a political weapon to occur again. All 43 radicalized Republican senators need to be driven from office, and disgraced for all time in U.S. history. They are traitors to their country, the Constitution, and their oath of office.
The Party of Trump can never again assert that it is the party of “law and order” and feign support for law enforcement when their domestic terrorists assaulted the Capitol Police and District Police Officers defending the Capitol from their violent seditious insurrection. They killed a police officer and injured hundreds more.
Now the criminal justice system must investigate and prosecute Donald Trump for his crimes to hold him accountable.