On Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of impeachment charges that he incited the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Trump’s acquittal was never in doubt. But this time around seven Republican senators voted to convict Trump. The RINOs got to take their parting shot at Donald Trump without fear of reprisals now that the former president is residing at Mar-A-Lago instead of the White House.
But they shouldn’t get too cocky because a majority of Republicans still view Trump as the head of the Republican party and Trump’s approval rating remains high amongst Republicans nationally.
The MAGA base is here to stay.
Regardless of whether Trump decides to run for president again in 2024, he will remain a powerful figure in the party with a giant base and will no doubt have an influence on the political futures of many Republican lawmakers.
So, who were the RINOs that voted to convict Trump?
Well, obviously King of the RINOs Mitt Romney of Utah was one of them. Romney had previously voted to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial over an innocuous phone call with the president of Ukraine.
The bitter Romney—who twice failed to win the presidency—never misses an opportunity to stab the man who got the job he wanted in the back. No doubt many of us wish we could go back and uncast our votes for Romney during the 2012 Republican primary.
The names of the other RINOs that joined Romney were not that surprising either. The RINOs who voted to convict were: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, Ben Sasse, Bill Cassidy, and Richard Burr.
These seven Republican senators joined with ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Trump. Those House Republicans included: Reps. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Fred Upton of Michigan, David Valadao of California, and Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel—predictably—turned on former President Trump now that Trump is no longer president and isn’t useful to McConnell.
Although McConnell voted to acquit Trump, he tried to split the baby by publicly ripping Trump while at the same time voting to spare the president from conviction.
McConnell is clearly trying to appeal to both sides of the Trump impeachment issue.
Following the vote on the Senate floor, McConnell brutally attacked Trump by saying: “There’s no question… that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president. And having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth…
President Trump is still liable for everything he did while in office. He didn’t get away with anything yet. We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation.”
McConnell is the face of the D.C. Swamp. He didn’t condemn Trump because he believed he was morally wrong, but rather he did so because Trump is no longer useful for his political survival. He just discarded Trump now that he is gone from the political stage—for now—after years of stroking his ego.
McConnell always was a faux conservative, and he just proved it again.
For the record, I personally believe that Trump acted egregiously in real-time in responding to the Capitol riot. He could and should have done more, and he should have never said he “loved” the rioters.
But that doesn’t mean he incited the riot. He eventually condemned the violence and unless he orchestrated the violence—which there is no evidence he did—then he is innocent.
This impeachment trial was yet another staged production of political theatre by the Democrats. The seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump played along and became useful idiots for the Dems.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer thank them for their service.