Nearly all U.S. Republican senators do not support trying to remove the former president a second time.
Forty-five GOP senators openly dismissed the Democratic Party-led impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
Only five Republican senators expressed different views. They include GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), and Patrick Toomey (Pa.). Such an overwhelming vote of confidence is widely expected to help the previous Oval Office bearer attract another speedy acquittal.
Mainstream media speculated Republicans’ enduring support for Trump shows he continues to command respect from fellow Republicans and still has a lot of influence even though his first term has already ended.
“The vote also demonstrated the continued sway Trump holds over GOP officeholders, even after his exit from the White House,” Washington Post national politics reporter Mike DeBonis and White House reporter Seung Min Kim wrote.
The remarks came after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took his motion to the Senate floor, and Democrats only attracted 55 votes to block the GOP’s bid to skip holding an impeachment trial.
“It is one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory,” Paul said, according to Reuters. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.”
Reuters agrees the former president is likely to be acquitted if the Democratic Party fails to entice enough Republicans to find him guilty of the so-called incitement of insurrection.
“The Democratic-led Senate blocked the motion in a 55-45 vote but only five Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to reject the move, far short of the 17 Republicans who would need to vote to convict Trump on an impeachment charge that he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol assault that left five people dead,” Reuters said.
If Senate Democrats fail to impeach the former president a second time, they are unlikely to have the opportunity to prevent Trump from standing for election again in 2024.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who opposed the GOP-led motion, also admitted the former president would easily receive a “get-out-of-jail-free card” if the “late impeachment” trial was found to be unconstitutional.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) previously dismissed the former president’s second impeachment and accused multiple Democrats of inciting hatred.
She described House Democrats as acting utterly contrary to their so-called political belief in unity while they were “encouraging and normalizing violence.”
“When I hear the Democrats demanding unity; sadly, they are only unified in hate,” she said in a video shared on YouTube. “Make no mistake here; the hypocrisy of the left is on full display.”