The majority of Americans watched in absolute fury on Saturday when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave his closing speech following the vote to acquit Donald Trump for inciting the violence that threatened democracy and left five people dead.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted to acquit Donald Trump, says the former President is "practically and morally responsible" for provoking the events on January 6, calling his actions before the riot "a disgraceful dereliction of duty" pic.twitter.com/pWGaEelY6d
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McConnell, talking out of both sides of his mouth, said in no uncertain terms that Trump is “practically and morally responsible” for the events of January 6, 2021. He made it clear that the impeachment managers from the Democratic party proved their case, yet he voted to acquit on procedural grounds, saying that a president who has already left office cannot be convicted. Instead, he said, criminal and civil courts should be employed to hold the now private citizen Trump accountable instead of him and his party, which would hurt their chances for reelection.
The choice today was not just to convict or acquit Donald Trump. The choice was between democracy and dictatorship. It was between American values and political expediency. 43 Republican senators failed to do the job they are sworn to do by upholding the Constitution and setting a precedent for future presidents to prevent anymore attempted coups, particularly when they end in violence. None of them deserve their jobs, and none of them should be reelected for public office again.
At this critical moment in our country’s history, the most important thing we need is good and competent leadership, which American voters ensured we would have in November 2020. Unfortunately, the people also left 50 Republican senators in office, so real leadership is still going to be scarce.
Twitter showed their fury at the double-talking McConnell. Read some of their comments below: