Former President Donald Trump quickly secured an acquittal in his second U.S. Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, but that didn’t stop Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from ripping the former president apart on the Senate floor shortly afterward.
According to Breitbart, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — one of Trump’s top Senate allies — fired back at the Senate GOP Leader, blaming him for putting a target on the backs of Republican candidates in the upcoming 2022 midterms, as McConnell’s speech will surely be played on repeat in campaign attack ads.
Even though McConnell voted in favor of acquitting Trump of his impeachment charge, that didn’t stop him from issuing a shocking condemnation of the former president on the Senate floor right after the vote.
The Kentucky senator accused Trump of being “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day,” adding that the 45th president’s actions prior to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots were “a disgraceful dereliction of duty,” seemingly joining Democrats in placing the blame for what happened on that tragic day squarely on Trump’s shoulders.
Graham made clear to Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday that McConnell didn’t do Republicans any favors with his dramatic, anti-Trump speech.
“I think Senator McConnell’s speech, he got a load off a chest obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans. That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns,” Graham said, adding that he thinks McConnell is an “outlier” within the ranks of the party on how they feel about Trump’s involvement in the Capitol riots.
McConnell was the only Republican senator to join Democrats in issuing a sharp condemnation of the president just minutes after he was acquitted. Seven Republicans in total voted alongside Democrats in an attempt to convict the former president, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
According to the Associated Press, Cassidy was immediately rebuked by his state’s Republican leaders, as the Louisiana Republican Party formally censured the senator within hours of his vote in favor of convicting Mr. Trump.