Topic: How is Donald Trump getting away with inciting attacks on US Capitol?
How is Donald Trump getting away with inciting attacks on US Capitol?
Twice-impeached former US President Donald Trump has evaded conviction once more.
The Senate verdict is in. Voting guilty: 57 senators - representing nearly 70 per cent of the country or 202 million people, and the majority public opinion on the issue of conviction.
Voting not guilty: 43 Senators. In American math, that is an acquittal, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict.
Moments after the vote, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called Trump’s actions before the attack “a disgraceful dereliction of duty” and confirmed the former president was “practically and morally” responsible for provoking the events on Jan 6 whereby “criminals were carrying his banners” lay siege to the Capitol.
A FOREGONE CONCLUSION
Seven of McConnell’s Republican colleagues agreed, voting guilty. McConnell himself voted to acquit, arguing the Senate could not vote to convict because Trump had already left office – timing that was of McConnell’s own orchestration, as the president was impeached on Jan 13 while in office.
The results seem a foregone conclusion, all the more so when the “jurists” skipped parts of the trial, and met with the defendant.
THE FACTS WERE CLEAR
The facts of the day were not in dispute. Mobile phone data tracked hundreds of people moving from Trump’s rally, where he repeated false allegations of electoral fraud, to the legislative seat of government.
Once there, the mob discarded a US flag to install a Trump flag, constructed gallows, and spent the next several hours using poles and pipes to batter Capitol police officers to gain access to Congressional chambers.
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