Trump is found not guilty of inciting the assault on the Capitol; but it leaves a long and heavy flow for the republican party

// By: Concepcion Moreno

Sat February 13, 2021

This Saturday, in a closed vote, Donald Trump was acquitted of the crime of incitement to violence caused by the assault on the Capitol last January.

The score: 43 senators (including 7 Republicans) voted for the sentence; 57, for the innocence of the former president. The result, although expected – since the Republican majority decided to stay on the side of its partner – is still bitter. Stephen King put it best on his Twitter account: “He piled up explosives for two months. He lit the wick on January 6. And does he get away with it?

But as journalist David Remnick says: history will not forgive him so easily. The Democratic senators (remember that in the United States, in the impeachment of a president, the Senate becomes judge, jury and party) presented overwhelming evidence of the defiant attitude against Trump’s law. The former president tried to invalidate the election in which he was defeated by Joe Biden, called for “resistance” and finally, for violent public mobilization.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted for Trump’s acquittal, though, in an act worthy of Pontius Pilate, he washed his hands. He launched a series of harsh criticisms against the former president: “(Trump) abandoned his duties … There is no doubt, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of January 6.” But, going back to Remnick, history will not be generous with Trump, nor with the Republican party.

Within the republished party, a schism that is difficult to resolve has been created. Seven Republican senators voted to hold Trump responsible for the insurrection. Seven especially powerful senators, including Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate (2012), who has been the most critical voice of Trump and Trumpism since Congress. Susan Collins, the Republican Representative from Maine, also voted to convict Trump; Collins is one of the most experienced senators in Congress: she has held her seat for 23 years and is one of the deans of the Conservative caucus.

Many condemnations from the republican party itself, but when they were called to action the senators decided to protect the republican friend in the pillory. There are no surprises, but nothing to celebrate either. The trial of the misjudged Trump was an act with more symbolic than pragmatic weight, but we must not forget exactly what happened:

Trump tried to invalidate the election of Joe Biden by alleging fraud that he could never prove.

He used his position and from his political apparatus (which in his case included social networks, destroying them almost in passing) to incite his most violent and radical followers to ignore the law and resort to brute force to seize power.

On January 6, a key date in the electoral process since that day Congress certified Biden’s triumph, he made inflammatory statements that invited his followers to the violent takeover of that building that represents American democracy, the supposed model of democracy. global.

No, history will not be smooth with Trump and the Republican party. And for the GOP (the Grand Old Party, the great party that founded America) this is a real shame.

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