Why did the Republicans in Congress vote against impeaching Donald Trump? Despite a brilliant legal team, only seven Republican senators voted for it. The lead in the House’s managers’ legal team, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) was crushed at their loss, because he believed in the other fine legal representatives and their case. The trouble is, this trial was not about the normal issues.
What Raskin did not count on was the depths Republican legislators would go to to protect their own seats, their own jobs. They would pledge allegiance to a monster who set a violent militia onto them, to kill them in horrid ways, and to leave Donald Trump’s own Vice President Mike Pence hanging at the gallows as a reminder to not cross the ex.
Most Americans believe that Trump should never hold public office again, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.
Raskin closed with these powerful words, taken from the entire closing speech from CNN:
‘These are the times that try men and women’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will shrink at this moment from the service of their cause and their country but everyone who stands with us now will win the love and favor and affection of every man and every woman for all time.’
‘Tyranny like hell, is not easily conquered but we have this consolation: the more difficult the struggle, the more glorious in the end will be our victory.’
Pollsters discovered that 68 percent of the people thought Trump really refused to do what he could to stop the January 6 attempted coup at the Capitol. Fifty percent said he intentionally spread false information. There was a startling 42 percent said that Trump genuinely believed his claims.
The Democratic impeachment managers fought to convince the Republican legislators that the former president intentionally ginned up the crowd, not only prior to the insurrection but for months before, The USA Today newspaper reported.
Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said:
‘[Trump] may be down, but he is certainly not out of favor with the GOP. Twice impeached, vilified by Democrats in the trial, and virtually silenced by social media … despite it all, Donald Trump keeps a solid foothold in the Republican Party.’
Trump was the only U.S. president ever impeached twice. History will show that this was the most bipartisan vote for the impeachment in the House and in the Senate trial. Although the House convinced 57 senators to vote guilty against 43, they needed 10 more to reach the necessary two-thirds vote.
Quinnipiac pollsters interviewed 1,056 adults from February 11 through 14. The margin of error was 3+/- percentage points.
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