As many high-profile Republican politicians and analysts predicted, former President Donald Trump was acquitted in a Senate vote on Saturday of a single impeachment charge brought against him.
As Fox News reported, the former president never expressed any concern that he would be convicted and issued a lengthy statement that not only thanked those who represented him during the Senate trial, but he also alluded to his future plans, which included his insistence that the movement to “Make America Great Again” has only just begun.
“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” Trump wrote. “In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!”
Trump made sure to thank his lawyers, who seemed to recover nicely after a few bumps in the road earlier in the week when they were heavily criticized for their lackluster performance out of the gate.
The president also praised the members of Congress who stood by him during the debacle and offered gratitude to the Senate jurors “who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.”
Though he was acquitted for an unprecedented second time, Saturday’s impeachment vote on the Senate floor was a little closer than it was the first time around. A total of 57 Senators — which included seven Republicans — voted in favor of convicting the former president.
But given the fact that it takes two-thirds of the Senate to secure a conviction, they were still 10 votes short of accomplishing their fantasy of preventing Trump from dabbling in politics in the future.
Many Democrats, as well as pundits who work for left-leaning media outlets, called at the very least for Trump to be censured. However, according to The Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) immediately ruled out that possibility after the Senate vote, saying it would be a “slap in the face of the Constitution,” while adding that it would only serve to let everyone off the hook.