Though Donald Trump’s impeachment was expected by most to not pass the Senate, the former president’s loudest critics expressed their shock on social media by equating it to a victory for fascism and white supremacy.
“It is a sad day in America when only 7 republicans have the patriotism and integrity to convict a tyrant,” actress and Democrat activist Alyssa Milano tweeted minutes after Trump’s acquittal was announced, with 43 Senators ultimately voting down the article of impeachment accusing the former president of “inciting an insurrection.”
Milano and others recommended Trump be tried in actual court, a highly unlikely scenario.
It is a sad day in America when only 7 republicans have the patriotism and integrity to convict a tyrant.Since the senate won’t do its job and convict the traitor Donald Trump, the courts will have to.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 13, 2021
In order for Trump to have been convicted, 17 Republicans would have had to side with Democrats on impeachment, which many speculated was nearly implausible. Ultimately, seven Republicans voted to impeach after closing arguments from Trump’s defense team and Democrats pushing for the conviction.
The Republicans who supported Trump through the trial – many of whom chalked up Trump’s rhetoric on January 6 in the run-up to the US Capitol riot and before then pushing election fraud allegations as free speech that should not be legally punished – faced the wrath of liberals for their decisions, blasted as “enemies of democracy” and “fascists.”
The 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Donald Trump and produce the ‘not guilty’ verdict today will be remembered in the American story and throughout history as traitors and enemies of democracy and the rule of law. Moral and political cowards.
— Brian Trautman 🌹 (@brianjtrautman) February 13, 2021
Not much a President of the United States can do that’s worse than inciting an insurrection. Forty-three Senators have just said either he didn’t do it or it’s OK. Every democracy-loving American will pay for today’s verdict in the future.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 13, 2021
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but this whole Impeachment is really just a referendum on whether white supremacy should continue to be the organizing principle of The United States of America,” comedian W. Kamau Bell tweeted about the result.
Comparing Trump’s acquittal to a victory for “white supremacy” was a common thread among Trump critics on Twitter.
“Acquitting Donald Trump ignores just how dangerous he was and continues to be. So long as there is no accountability, the white supremacy he and others like Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley uplift will remain a threat to our democracy,” the Black Lives Matter Twitter account said.
Acquitting Donald Trump ignores just how dangerous he was and continues to be. So long as there is no accountability, the white supremacy he and others like Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley uplift will remain a threat to our democracy. #EndWhiteSupremacy
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) February 13, 2021
lmfao being surprised/disappointed by this impeachment result is akin to pretending like white supremacy doesn’t always win in this country
— the legal profession is racist (@2020LawGrad) February 13, 2021
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) was specifically targeted by many for his not-guilty vote being followed by a Senate floor speech where he said Trump is “practically and morally responsible” for the riot on January 6. He even appeared to suggest Trump could be open to criminal prosecution as a private citizen.
“After voting to acquit, McConnell is slamming Trump for his lies leading up to Jan 6 and the violence at the Capitol. A McConnell vote to convict could have changed everything,” CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted.
Moments after voting NOT GUILTY, McConnell says Trump “practically and morally responsible ….. no question about it” gives lengthy speech railing against his conduct before, during and after insurrection.
— John King (@JohnKingCNN) February 13, 2021
Do not doubt that if Sen. Mitch McConnell had voted to convict, he could have brought 9 GOP senators with him and ended Donald Trump’s vile, insurrectionist, seditious political career. What happens now is on the head of McConnell—who earlier called Trump’s actions “impeachable.”
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) February 13, 2021
McConnell now giving a CYA speech to try to cover his cowardice today in an attempt to preserve his legacy. No excuses. You own this. The GOP is Trump’s Republican Party now!
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) February 13, 2021
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