Donald Trump acquitted of inciting an insurrection with a 57-43 Senate vote

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Yesterday was the final day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. There was the possibility, for a few hours, of the trial being extended long enough to call witnesses, with Trump’s lawyer threatening to depose Kamala Harris in his office in “Phillydelphia” (he really said it like that). There were Republicans – like Lindsey Graham – threatening to, like, call Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton as witnesses, because of course. So in the end, no witnesses were called and the Senate just did the flat vote on impeachment. Donald Trump was acquitted.

A Senate still bruised from the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries acquitted former President Donald J. Trump on Saturday in his second impeachment trial, as all but a few Republicans locked arms to reject a case that he incited the Jan. 6 rampage in a last-ditch attempt to cling to power.

Under the watch of National Guard troops still patrolling the historic building, a bipartisan majority cast votes finding Mr. Trump guilty of the House’s single charge of “incitement of insurrection.” They included seven Republicans, more members of a president’s party than have ever returned an adverse verdict in an impeachment trial.

But with most of Mr. Trump’s party coalescing around him, the 57-to-43 tally fell 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict, and allow the Senate to move to disqualify him from holding future office.

Among the Republicans breaking ranks to find guilty the man who led their party for four tumultuous years, demanding absolute loyalty, were Senators 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 Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.

[From The NY Times]

There were a lot of people mad at Democrats because the Dems… didn’t call witnesses in the end, which I guess some people saw as “caving” to the Republican minority. But I think Dems knew that if they dragged in a million witnesses, they would be dragging things out, hampering President Biden’s agenda, and none of it would matter to those 43 bootlicking fascist senators. Besides, it definitely feels like there’s something different in the air… something like criminal prosecution. Donald Trump is apparently “privately concerned” about facing criminal charges too. As much as I hoped for President Biden to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the criminal prosecution for the January 6th insurrection, Biden’s statement didn’t mention anything like that. I don’t think an independent counsel or special prosecutor is in the cards.

Also, Turtleman Mitch McConnell can f–king spare me the quivering indignation. He voted to acquit, and then he had the nerve to speak about how Trump really did incite that sh-t.

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  1. Genevieve says:

    I agree with your take on the Dems’ choice. Plus they got his lawyers to stipulate to the statement about the call with McCarthy. I wonder if that would be admissable evidence in another trial?

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      It definitely will be, as well as the VP’s aide (the bald guy, forgot his name already and too tired to look it up) who said YESTERDAY they were on the phone back and forth with the Chief MAGAt himself during the siege, so THE ORANGE MAGAt KNEW what danger Pence and all the others were in.

      And yeah, Traitor McTurtle can go sit on a spiky cactus for all of his quivering confessional crap. All it would’ve taken is for HIM to tell the others that he was voting to convict. While it wouldn’t have mattered shit to the Seditious Seven core (and their limpets), the others would’ve mostly fallen in line.

      I went between rage and desolation yesterday, to feeling overwhelmingly “deflated” emotionally. While I *understand* why things were done this way, I do feel the Dems preferred this to be out there ON RECORD for a criminal prosecution (coming from DC courts). And I do think that IS coming.

      Also, all that is needed for the clause for the Orange MAGAt to never hold office again is a simple majority (not 2/3rds), so that *will* happen.

      • Petrichor says:

        @OGJan, as far as I understand it, the vote to disallow him from running from office again can only occur after he is found guilty of the impeachment article. So that vote will now never happen.

    • Jellybean says:

      It will all come out. They had endless hearings for Benghazi and Hilary’s emails. Maybe they will even get to enforce a subpoena against the orange one. I think I am right in saying those additional hearings can run along side usual business, so they can take their time, whereas the Impeachement Trial was all or nothing and there were never going to get a guity verdict. Meanwhile – ‘Go Georgia’- ‘Go Dominion’ – ‘Go New York’ – ‘Go E Jean Carroll’

    • Kkat says:

      Not true Petrichor, according to constitutional lawyers they can still vote to not have him hold office

  2. Esmom says:

    Yeah, Mitch can definitely go F himself with his faux outrage.

    A couple my friends were despondent over the verdict but I kinda came around to realizing that eve if Trump had been convicted, nothing would be different. He and his supporters would have somehow found a way to spin his conviction as a victory. The challenge now is finding a real way forward that actually leaves Trump in the dustbin of history where he belongs.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    There’s a special place in Hell for Mitch MCConnell.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Yeah, what is with him? He was interviewed on Australian TV, and I was very surprised to hear him say that LoserPrez DID incite his MAGAts to the insurrection. He really bagged the loser in a quite sanctimonious manner. I thought at the time that if McConnell felt like this, then there was a good chance McConnell could/would wield some influence over many other Republicans and have that maggot dealt with, once and fir all. But what a weak, cowardly, two-faced piece of garbage he confirmed himself to be.
      Is there a reason why these votes are not by secret ballot? I wonder what the result would have been if they were?

  4. smcollins says:

    The acquittal was inevitable but, yeah…McConnell’s statements after the fact had me seething. So let me get this straight, you voted to acquit but then got up there to say how guilty he actually was and the reason you acquitted him was because you didn’t agree with the Senate vote that the trial was indeed Constitutional, not to mention also sighting the delay of the trial to when he was out of office also played into your decision, even though YOU were the one who delayed it until then? Am I missing anything? What a traitorous POS (along with all the others that voted to acquit). I don’t feel bad in the least in saying that I hope he dies a slow & painful death.

    • Darla says:

      Moscow Mitch really outdid himself yesterday.

    • AmyB says:

      @smcollins Yes, I am right there with you re: McConnell dying a slow and painful death, and I don’t feel bad either. He is the height of hypocrisy and his statements after the Impeachment verdict were maddening to me too! He stands by Trump for the last four years, he agrees, essentially with everything that the Dems put forth in this Impeachment trial regarding Trump’s responsibility with the insurrection of the riot on Jan. 6th, but voted to acquit based upon the constitutional issue of Trump being out of office now. Oh, and McConnell didn’t bring back the Senate to take on this trial BEFORE Trump left office, he waited until after Jan 20th, when Biden was sworn in. And now, he throws Trump under the bus, but won’t do it completely, and wants the Justice Department and our legal system to fully take him out. Yeah, you are an asshole Moscow Mitch!

    • rrabbit says:

      If this were a Democratic President with similar charges in a similar situation, Moscow Mitch definitely would have had a different opinion. Suddenly, the trial would become constitutional, and McConnell would vote guilty.

      • Esmom says:

        Absolutely. I was thinking all day yesterday how sanctimonious the Republicans were about impeaching Bill Clinton for lying about a BJ. And yet they can look the other way, desperately finding loopholes, for a violent invasion of the Capitol where they were trying to certify a presidential election. JFC it’s insane.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Honestly I was surprised they found 7 GQP With the balls to convict. But yes Mitch made me ragey uuugh

    • Traveler says:

      Yes, a precise summary of the catch 22 of his own making.
      What an absolutely transparent and feeble attempt to play all sides. He is an abysmal human being but that is now almost a pre-requisite for membership in the gop.

  5. Lanie says:

    Impeachment conviction was never going to happen because Republicans were (take your pick, multiple options can apply):

    1. Involved in the Capitol attack
    2. Want to encourage similar uprisings to cling to power
    3. Are afraid of the Q monsters they helped create.

    This is who the Republican Party is: legislators and voters alike. Let’s stop this talk of reaching across the aisles.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes and that reminds me, whatever happened to, say, Lauren Boebert giving insurrectionists tours on Jan 5? These threads now need to be followed and consequences need to be meted out.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Pelosi is having all that investigated. And while Boebert is the shiny object who got all the attention, she is not the only one whose office gave tours in the days preceding. Gohmert, Jordan, and several others with more power and bigger followings had their staffs give tours. And all such tours had to be approved by either Kevin McCarthy or Steve Scalise. Such approvals had to be include verifiable contact information for all visitors.

      • Carol says:

        As an unfortunate citizen of Glock Barbie’s district, I sincerely hope she is among the first to be investigated and charged. She quite literally ran on a platform of boobs, guns and tight jeans…and something something socialism and mother of boys.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Spineless fear puddles every last one of them -7

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      It WILL blow up in their faces as he has always said he will start his own party and take half of the current GOP with him – regardless if they didn’t vote to convict him the fact that GOP for the most part have stopped kissing the ring will enrage the orange one. He’s not done with them.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Digital Unicorn, that’s what I think, too. The Republicans are trying whatever they can to keep the party together, but I don’t see that happening. I believe it would be a mistake. They should just cut loose the Trump supporters and start rebuilding their own party now.

        I read just days after the 6th, that there was no record of the tours that were given in the days before. Usually, there is a log of everyone who is on the tour, but those tours were not logged because members of the House or Senate arranged them. However, those tours were recorded by CCTV, so there’s definitely a record of it.

        The Republicans want Trump criminally charged, so that they are not a part of anything going forward. Just a bunch of cowards.

  6. AmyB says:

    Donald Trump is acquitted for a second time of Impeachment by the Senate 57-43

    However, POS Mitch McConnell just said that Trump’s actions on Jan 6th were horrendous, a dereliction of duty, “practically and morally responsible for the riots” that occurred etc. McConnell goes on to say Trump most likely will face criminal prosecution since he is now a private citizen. YET he voted not guilty because Trump is no longer in office. 🤬😡

    SAY WHAT?!? 🙄🙄. It’s not like McConnell couldn’t have started this Senate trial while Trump was still in office … 🤣🤣 It’s not like the Senate didn’t vote on the constitutional merits of moving forward with this Impeachment trial earlier this week – and it PASSED!!

    And, I don’t want to hear one more word from the GOP party about protecting our country, or “law and order” … when clearly they will not even hold the man who was accountable for the riot that happened!! All of the Republicans Senators who voted NOT GUILTY have no spine! They are only concerned with their own selfish motives, their own political career, and are in fear of Trump’s supporters still! That is IT! They are vile to the core.

    FYI – I love how Kaiser adds that pic of Trump with his thumb up in the car LMAO classic haha!

  7. Louise177 says:

    Acquittal wasn’t shocking. I don’t understand people are. The Republicans said they weren’t going to find Trump guilty when he was impeached. Most didn’t even pay attention to the proceedings. Although I was surprised five did find him guilty. A lot did come out so I wouldn’t be surprised about investigations and criminal charges.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Seven voted to convict. Five voted to hear witnesses, one of whom was Leningrad Lindsey, who changed his vote after the tally because he wanted to call people who were irrelevant to the case just to cause chaos and punish Kamala Harris because he’s jealous or something. Seven voted to convict: Burr; Cassidy; Collins; Murkowski; Romney; Sasse; and Toomey. Cassidy was immediately censured by the Louisiana GOP. I am nominating them for the JFK Profile in Courage award. I’m also filing ethics complaints against Trump’s attorneys, Graham, Cruz, and Lee.

      • Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

        What happens with an ethics complaint and how many complaints does it take for something to happen?

      • LightPurple says:

        @Chicken Tetrazzini. Anyone can file one through the state board of bar overseers where the attorney is licensed. The process depends on the state. They do investigate, talk to witnesses, check whether regulations, rules, or statutes have been broken. Discipline can vary widely based on the level of offense and whether the lawyer has been disciplined before. It can range from a letter of reprimand to loss o the license.

      • one of the Marys says:

        What I have learned about Collins is she votes like this when it’s low risk, no chance of conviction, so she panders to the liberals in her district to keep her seat and prevent them canvassing too effectively against her. I read some series about her after, I think it was, the supreme court vote. It was very enlightening how she treated her democratic constituents and once that mask was yanked off the democrats campaigned hard against her

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Justice has ceased to have any meaning in this country, if it ever did. Where is the NY AG?

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      And don’t forget the Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, who has opened up the investigation into the call from the Orange MAGAt begging for the GA SoS to “find 11,780 votes”.

      Letitia James and Fani Willis: Black women will get it DONE!

      • Lightpurple says:

        She’s investigating Lindsey Graham too

      • Rapunzel says:

        OGjan- Black women get shit done. If there’s one truth to the Dem party, it is that.

      • Just A Thought says:

        The Republicans is telling you if they regain House and Senate. VP Harris is who Lindsey Graham is signaling they are going to impeach. Democrats needs to pass Covid relief, option for Medicare for All , raise minimum wage, worker rights, voting rights reforms, make DC, Puerto Rico, USVI, American Somoa, Northern Marina, and Guam states. Do away with the filibuster. Democrats needs to get this done ASAP.

      • khaveman says:

        Watched an interview with Willis and OMG she gives me chills she is so good. My instinct tells me she is the perfect woman for that job. I wish her great success. Don’s call w Raffensperger sounded crooked as he*l.

  9. Sofia says:

    The verdict doesn’t shock me. However Mitch needs to take several seats. He could have done this trial when Trump was in office. He was the majority leader then, not Schumer.

    • khaveman says:

      Mitch and Don are on the same plane when it comes to damage to the nation. Mitch is so slippery too.

  10. Nic919 says:

    There was a little bit of false hope that an acquittal wasn’t inevitable when the witnesses were a possibility, but the reality is that once McConnell confirmed he was voting not guilty they were never going to get enough votes.

    The GOP needs to be dismantled at this point because they are a party of traitors. They all think that trumps base will support them too, but they won’t. It is a cult and they only have one leader.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yep as I say upthread as soon as the orange one creates a new party GOP are toast as they will not only loose half of their senators but a good portion of their base.

      Dump will run again.

      • Rapunzel says:

        No, he will pretend to run again, for the campaign money. He will not really run. He will not risk losing again. Mary Trump said that. I trust her judgment.

      • Reece says:

        I think he’s too lazy to create a new party. You actually have to put in work for that. Someone else definitely will. Who? I have no idea.

      • Korra says:

        It has always been Trump’s MO to cause irreparable damage and then move on, leaving others to clean up the mess and incur the losses. I think he has damaged the GOP permanently and I think he is still riding on strong MAGA support that his presence in the party will be looming large for some time longer. But in the long term? I agree that he isn’t going to start a new party. Or he will, but will do what he always does: abandon ship and leave others to deal with the mess. His stain on the party will outlast any tangible action he allegedly plans to do in the future.

  11. Lexilla says:

    Please never stop using that header pic of Trump.

  12. Josie Bean says:

    There was never any hope that he would be found guilty considering so many Republican Senators are too fearful of losing the Trump supporters. History will not be kind to them.

    I am glad that the impeachment hearing was held. The Democrats’ presentations were excellent and powerful.

    Trump will pay. Dearly. The Trump brand is toxic. His hospitality business was already hit hard by the pandemic (all the more reason for Trump to downplay COVID while he was President) and now, after the 6 Jan riots, his businesses will really be struggling. And most of the Maga nutters couldn’t even afford to support any of the Trump businesses. Big business are fed up with him. Trump’s post Presidential activity will be spent watching his financial situation deteriorate by the day.

    • Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

      Since the acquittal, he’s able to run again, but I genuinely do not see any location giving him permits to hold rally’s or any venue signing off on it. He is toxic and will be very bad for business if any company or hotel supports him. Holding rallies in the My Pillow warehouses will get old, real quick

      • Korra says:

        Lol, there is something delightful about the image of Trump holding rallies at the My Pillow warehouse and other sycophant-owned businesses. Not only will it look tacky and amateurish, but it will diminish the capacity of how many supporters can attend.

    • EllenOlenska says:

      There was a very interesting article that showed that many of the prominent nut jobs at the Capitol siege had or have had massive financial difficulties. Personally I think they should all go invite themselves to stay with Donnie ( who loves them) and all the other Republicans that loved them. As deluded as most of them are the contempt that crew has for people like them reeks from their pores…might lift their blinder. Donnie would have stiffed every one of them if he owed them money. Hawley wouldn’t let them near him. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-majority-of-the-people-arrested-for-capitol-riot-had-a-history-of-financial-trouble/ar-BB1dyUcH

  13. Amando says:

    Not a surprise, but still disappointing. At least the GOP and all if its supporters have shown their true colors throughout the past 4-5 years. I hope some day Trump, McConnell and other traitors can get what they have coming for them. Karma, where are you??

  14. Leah says:

    I’m so tired of the republican crookery. They were after Mitch too because he refused to do Trump’s bidding (re: the ballots) but I guess Mitch has forgotten that. I was so angry yesterday I stayed off Twitter most of the day and watched films. Couldn’t handle it. Everyone who voted to acquit must be investigated, follow the $ and you will find the answer. Invoke the third clause of the 14th amendment, bypass the republican crooks and prevent trump from running for president ever again. If there is a 50/50 tie, hello Kamala. That’ll really piss Lindsey off.

    Waiting on NY and GA to step up now. More NY than GA because NY has been waiting for far longer. Luckily the state courts have to be impartial and the jury members aren’t allowed to have private conversations with Trump’s lawyers. So at least there’s that.

  15. BountyHunter says:

    Mitch McConnell is a simpering twat. Bring on the criminal prosecution. And, add him to the list.

  16. Edna says:

    There was never any doubt that the Orange 🤡 would be convicted. But the Dems did their job and got everything into the Congressional Record. History will not be kind to these Rethugs who voted against democracy. State Republican parties have already censured members who voted against Trump. The GOP is the greatest threat to our democracy and that message needs to be hammered out constantly. Going forward, we can only hope that the states do their jobs and prosecute Trump and Company for all their criminal activities.

  17. Watson says:

    Not surprising, but still disgusting. The Republican Party will never be able to recover from this one. How could you ever claim moral superiority when you can’t even convict against an insurrection, an attack against democracy, that you experienced with your own eyes? These twats think they did something so clever too! Watch trump make his own party and further split the Republican votes in the future.

    As for Mitch McConnell: at this point the grim reaper would reject him. The man’s got no soul.

    • EllenOlenska says:

      Claiming moral superiority even when faced with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary has never bothered Republicans or their supporters…see “family values”

      The Democrats have many issues of infighting, and spending so much time “reaching across the aisle” ( internally and externally) that nothing gets done but the Republicans have made “ United Front Despite all Evidence” a super power. Hopefully the monster they built with Trump will be their undoing. Mitch and co got their Supreme Court justices and tax breaks…they don’t need Donnie Boy anymore. Problem is, he has no intention of going home and stepping back.

  18. Teebee says:

    The Republican Party is was and will always be dead to me. Roadkill. Irredeemable. Reprehensible. Repugnant.

    Party loyalty and political machinations dictated this trial’s outcome. Trump is 10000000% guilty. But spineless politicians have forever shirked their moral duties and this was not going to be any different. US politics and voting behaviour is now reduced to us versus them. Heels are dug as deep as ever. One party knows they’ve been exposed as hypocritical cheaters, therefore voter suppression and even nastier tricks are the only ways left. The other party must spend valuable time and resources to battle a dirty fighter, just to keep the playing field level. What a waste. Of a beautiful prosperous privileged country.

    I am at a loss to understand, or predict the future of the USA. Perhaps finally seeing and experiencing the precariousness of democracy will stir its citizens to pay more attention from now on. But I fear that complacency and apathy will again take hold and subsequent elections will be in jeopardy again. And Democrats will be the naive losers wondering wha happened!? when Republicans gloatingly and assuredly reassert themselves. Again.

  19. aquarius64 says:

    I think there is more to the GOP’s blind fealty to Trump. What if it’s more then fearing a primary? I would not be surprised Trump had a red file on the bulk of Republicans, full of their dirty little secrets? I wouldn’t put it past Trump to threaten to expose them if they didn’t follow him.

  20. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Dangerous cults have to look out for each other and their leaders.

  21. ChloeCat says:

    Bill Maher brought this up & I agree with it. As horrible as the insurrection was and though Trump was completely guilty of inciting it, what they should have gone after him for impeachment wise was his solicitation of votes in the taped phone call with the the Georgia secretary of state. The only problem there would have possibly been the surreptitious recording of the phone call.

  22. why? says:

    The Democrats shouldn’t have caved on witnesses because it sends the message that Republicans can get away with anything and that there are no consequences for their actions. As someone pointed out, the Democrats hold the majority, so they could have objected to the 300 witnesses that the Republicans and Lindsey threated to call. The problem is the Democrats always cave, just like they did with the Stimulus bill because Joe M(who claims to be a democrat, but always votes with the republicans and who lectured VP Harris about not getting his permission to give interviews in his state) objected to $15 minimum wage and who would receive the money. The Democrats aren’t going to get anything done if they don’t stand their ground.

    I still don’t understand why the senators who took part in the insurrection were not disqualified from voting. Mike L, Josh H, and Ted C were openly meeting with Trump’s lawyers and many suspected that they had written Trump’s lawyer’s statements to their questions, how isn’t this a conflict of interest? The best way to deal with Trump is to remove his enablers. This trial could have had a different outcome had Josh H, Ted C, Mike L, Tuberville, Lindsey, Ron J, Rand, and McCarthy been removed from the process the day after the insurrection or before the articles were delivered to the Senate.

    Mitch, Rand Paul, and Ron still have connections to Russia, why isn’t this being discussed? The Republicans aren’t afraid of Trump, it’s more likely that they are being blackmailed by Trump using what the Russians hacked from the RNC in 2016 and later breaches.

  23. Miranda says:

    KEEP. FUCKING. DIGGING. We need a thorough investigation, which will show that an alarming number of Republicans in Congress actively encouraged and/or directly aided the fascist mob that attempted to lynch their colleagues. Take these traitors down one by one.

  24. Rapunzel says:

    McConnell’s post accquital rant was the height of hypocrisy. But I secretly think he and a lot of the other GOPers want criminal charges. Even Graham and Cruz, for example met with Trump’s lawyers, and conviently didn’t tell them to stop with their words implying that Trump should face criminal charges (that was an insane defense).

    Even McCarthy call- that had been talked about earlier, but just happened to get major attention when the trial was just about over?

    I suspect many of these guys want their cake and eat it too. Don’t be surprised if more incriminating stuff leaks to pressure authorities into charges now. These douchebags want the courts to take care of Trump so they don’t have to and can keep his base.

  25. Lynne says:

    Trump is an old 74, I think he has a lot of physical problems pre covid. He had paps shoot a lot of those pics of him golfing to make him look active.
    I can’t see him running again and unless somehow he can profit I can’t see him helping anyone in the future (hurting yes). A lot of people (like me) will not stay at a trump hotel or golf at his properties.
    I hope they pound him with lawsuits now.

  26. Samanthalous says:

    What a waste of time thanks now go investigate Cuomo.

    You let them storm your Capitol, put they feet up on your desk
    And yet you talkin’ tough to me, I lost all my little respect
    -jay z

  27. Truthiness says:

    The outcome was appalling and evil, but how much could we realistically expect when co-conspirators were voting? It is time to FINALLY confirm Merrick Garland and let the SDNY and GA finish what has been started. Get this out of politicians’ hands and into the courts and then work on righting the other wrongs of the last 5 years. Time’s a wasting! Republicans are trying to run out the clock until they get their majority back.

  28. duchess of hazard says:

    Like Michael Harriot of the root said on twitter https://twitter.com/michaelharriot/status/1360776120136855578

    I hate to say “I told you…”

    Seriously, I hate it

    There isn’t a single instance in history where white ppl were held accountable by other white ppl. Every time I start believing it may happen, I remind myself: “White folks are going to whitefolk.”

    But I still hate saying it.

    *insert “everyday” gif here*

    • Elizabeth says:

      A single instance?? Richard Nixon. Spiro Agnew. Nine convicted who worked for Nixon (Mitchell, Haldeman, Erlichman, Dean etc.) Gerald Ford forced to retire for pardoning Nixon. Timothy McVeigh, Boston Marathon bombers, Governors of Illinois, hundreds of mafia guys, serial killers, we could be here all day just for examples in my lifetime. There is no point to expecting justice in the senate, you are expecting people to vote against their self interests and expose their families to the threats of the lunatic fringe. Get Merrick Garland confirmed and then get Trump in the courts, stat! Merrick Garland got the death penalty for McVeigh, the new Justice hires were picked just for the times we are living through now, and both SDNY and GA have state cases going.

    • Annetommy says:

      I can think of the Nuremberg trials as an example of where at least some white folk were held accountable by white folk. But there are many cases where they aren’t, and I have no doubt that if it had been POC storming the Capitol this whole disgraceful event would have played out very differently. There’s no point in saying ‘what if Obama had acted as trump did?’ Obama would never have got near the WH if he has been the voice on the pus*sy tape.

  29. qtpi says:

    Fools. They had a chance to stop him from dominating the GOP for the next 4 years. I guess they really want to burn it all down?

    • B n A fn says:

      IMO, he’s done, stick a fork in him. In another year he will be last years news, end of story.

    • Sandra says:

      Has he been at all vocal since he got kicked off of social media, though? I might be missing it, but is he holding press conferences or his usual klan rallies? I feel like it’s been quiet….a little toooo quiet…

      • Elizabeth says:

        Yeah, he proclaimed victory last night and said that MAGA has only just begun or words to that effect, plus more words about a witch hunt, you know, his usual.

  30. Oh-Dear says:

    I have many problems with the acquittal of Trump but my biggest one is McConnell’s argument that his vote was on political process – that you cannot vote to remove a President once they are out of office.
    This means that the last 3 months of a President’s final term, which are likely the most susceptible to corruption, sedition, and a subversion of the transfer of power, are now unprotected by any President and House/Senate who try to maintain power. It is the most vulnerable time for American democracy because there is so much time between the election and the transfer.

    • Tiff says:

      Yes it’s a known thing the last few months they have no real power or are “lame duck presidents” I think it’s ridiculous to impeach a president former or present TWO times within a year, not to mention lots of tax payer dollars. He lost, let’s focus on Biden now finally.

  31. grabbyhands says:

    I mean, it’s not a shock – they were never going to have the votes they needed to convict.

    McConnell and the rest of the GOP is counting on voter laziness and short memories at the mid-terms, as well as the Democrats falling back into the pattern of fearful acquiescence – it makes sense as this has been a successful method for them in the past.

    What the Democrats have to do is continue to remind everyone of what happened on January 6th and remind everyone of the cowardice displayed by the Republicans yesterday. That vote did some real damage to their rep – normal Republican voters starting to leave the party. But it would be foolish to not capitalize on it. We don’t have the luxury of assuming we can ride it all the way to the mid-terms.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      grabbyhands, I think it will take a lot of us helping in the Red states. Georgia went Blue because of all of the people out getting voters registered and voting. I think those that can should volunteer to go to those Red states and help get voters registered and then get them to the polls. The Republicans in those states are going to do everything they can to get rid of mail in ballots, so that a lot of people won’t vote. Well, we can always drive them there. If there are enough people to do this, the House and the Senate could see more Blue members.

  32. Sarah says:

    It’s really hard to stomach the 7 Rs to voted to convict being heralded for “doing the right thing” when they knew what the outcome would be anyway. Just more political theatre from country club white supremacists who by and large voted for most, if not all, of Trump’s garbage. Continue to hold them to account.

  33. Sandra says:

    Donald Trump and his racist cult are the shart coming out of a boil covered butt of American history.
    Sorry, was that too crass for a Sunday?

  34. Juls says:

    It occurred to me yesterday that if Trump still had access to Twitter, he would have been tweeting throughout the entire trial and he is stupid enough and he can’t help himself, he possibly would have tweeted stuff that just further proved his guilt. Not that it would have changed the outcome, but it would cause more harm to the turds trying to justify acquittal. Yes, the ban was the right thing to do. But he just might have tweeted himself into a conviction or given more damning evidence to be used at future criminal trials.

  35. Noki says:

    We dont care Meghan and Harry just announced they are expecting. Yipeeeee!

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yay, congrats to them – the photo they released is lovely. Cue the BM accusing them of taking away from Eugenie again. Also explains the Cambridge baby no. 4 story earlier in the week.

  36. Lissdogmom02 says:

    What a bunch of douche face asshats. History will see them as treasonous traitor douches. I hope all the criminal stuff falls on him. I also hope that now that he no longer gets security briefings he becomes obsolete to the Russian once that happens you seem to fall out windows or die of mysterious poisoning. I’m not wishing it on him as much as we’ve seen it before, I’ll have my popcorn ready when the show starts. Entertaining Putin in any way is very dangerous.

  37. chimes@midnight says:

    All the Senate did was vote to make him someone else’s problem. They figure the criminal courts are going to deal with him anyway, so why risk pissing off his followers?

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