Republicans Split Over Decision to Acquit Donald Trump in Impeachment Case
Some Republicans consider him the most influential figure in the party. Others say his popularity among voters will decline
The political future of former US President Donald Trump remains an open question even after his impeachment trial ended with a Senate acquittal.
Shortly after the Senate vote, where lawmakers ran out of votes to condemn Trump, the former president said his political life was not over. At the same time, he did not explicitly hint that he could re-nominate himself for the presidency in 2024..
Trump called the impeachment trial against him “yet another stage in the greatest witch hunt” in US history.
“No president has ever been exposed to anything like this,” he said.
He added: “Our historic, patriotic and wonderful movement to make America great again has just begun. I have a lot to share with you in the coming months, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. “.
One of his staunchest Republican supporters, Senator Lindsay Graham, told Fox News on Sunday that he spoke to the former president following the conclusion of the impeachment trial. Trump is “ready to move on to strengthen the party,” he said, so that it regains control of the Senate and House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections..
“If you want to win, you have to work with President Trump,” Graham said. – All is well with the Trump movement. The most powerful force in the Republican Party is Donald Trump “.
However, Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan told CNN that after Trump’s defeat in the election and the controversial end of his presidency, Republicans “will have to get involved in a real fight for the soul of the party in the next few years.”.
Hogan wondered if the Republicans are going to be the party that can’t win national elections.
National polls show many Republicans still support Trump, but Hogan suggested that “things will change over time.”.
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who voted to convict Trump, told Fox News that she does not believe Trump will remain a key figure in the GOP..
“The Americans saw what this man did,” she said. – It’s finished with him. “.
According to Graham, Trump “was angry with some people” who opposed him in the Senate. Seven of the 50 Republican senators joined the 50 Democrats in voting to convict the ex-president. At the same time, Graham said, Trump is “ready to get involved in the campaign” to support Republican candidates..
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted to acquit Trump, denounced his longtime political ally for his role in the Capitol attack that killed five people.
According to McConnell, Trump “has a practical and moral responsibility for provoking events” on January 6. “The people who stormed this building believed that they were acting according to the wishes and instructions of their president,” he said..