Reaction to the Impeachment Verdict

Reaction to the Impeachment Verdict

( – The long-running impeachment circus finally ended Wednesday afternoon, when senators delivered a solid verdict of not guilty on both articles of impeachment. The final judgment led to reactions on both sides of the political spectrum.


Just after 4 pm EST Wednesday, the 6-month impeachment process against President Trump finally reached the vital Senate vote that would decide the outcome.

  • To impeach the president, the Democrats needed a two-thirds supermajority – 67 senators. With a 53-47 GOP majority in the Senate, getting enough Republicans to support such an openly partisan impeachment was always going to be an uphill struggle.
  • In the end, efforts to swing Republicans behind the impeachment process were an almost total failure. Only Mitt Romney (R-UT) broke party ranks, voting to impeach on the charge of abuse of power. Even that was only enough to make the vote 52-48 – far short of what was needed to impeach.
  • Several Democrats buried their disappointment by rushing to congratulate Romney for his dissenting vote. Radical socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said, “the courage that took is something to be recognized. To stand out on your own.” Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tweeted “Thank you, @SenatorRomney, for your #impeachment courage.”
  • Republicans were less supportive of Romney, though, with Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and former majority leader Trent Lott calling his vote “very disappointing.” Lott went on, “He tried to lead the party. Now he can’t even be a part of the party.”
  • However, most Republicans ignored Romney and focused on the result itself. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the whole impeachment attempt “a colossal political mistake,” and said he was “pretty sure” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had never wanted to go ahead with it.
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the “partisan-driven” impeachment had “done injury to the office of the presidency.” Predicting a second term for the president, Graham expressed concerns that the Democrats, “driven by unlimited hatred of President Trump,” would be unable to move on.
  • Tom Emmer, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said he hoped the result would “finally slam the door” on the Dems’ obsession with the president, and called on Pelosi to learn self-control.
  • Reactions from the Left were less measured, though. MoveOn – a group originally founded to get Congress to “move on” from the Clinton impeachment – claimed the Senate had just knowingly exonerated a criminal.

  • Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the trial a “kangaroo court” and a sham. Many Democrats have never accepted the outcome of the 2016 election. Now it looks like they won’t accept the results of their own impeachment process either.

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