It was all about history and records, with nothing material on the line, except possible future ambitions. Yes, former President Trump has survived the second impeachment, after the Senate returned “Acquit” through their votes.
The Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on an impeachment charge that he incited the deadly insurrection of Jan. 6, marking the close of a trial that laid bare the horrors of the riots and highlighted Congress’ halting efforts to extricate itself from the Trump era.
The verdict was long foreshadowed by Senate Republicans, who said they were unmoved by the House managers’ central argument that Trump’s monthslong campaign to subvert the election results, as well as his incendiary remarks to a Jan. 6 crowd, sparked the violent riots.
But the 57-43 vote marked the first time since 1868 that a majority of the Senate voted to convict a president on an impeachment charge. And the seven Republicans who broke ranks are the most to support the conviction of a president from their own party.
Now, there is a Facebook “Supreme Court” big decision – whether to ban Trump on Facebook – which is coming, and if he makes it, then Trump 2.0 becomes a possibility. With Twitter’s beats muted, that Facebook’s Supreme Court would be consequential. A general’s voice needs to be heard and Mr. Trump needs a platform for that to happen. This is a digital age where demand is the engine for impact, over pure supply.
To the Trump world, rejoice as MAGA 2.0 is now a possibility. America makes great shows; that was just another one. Expect Hollywood movies to follow.
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