/ 15 February 2021

Trump goes 2 for 2

The US Senate yesterday acquitted former president Donald Trump of inciting insurrection when his supporters attacked the Capitol on 6 January in violent scenes. Seven Republicans did what Aussies would describe as ‘cross the floor’ – they voted with Democrats in support of Trump’s conviction making it the most bipartisan margin favouring conviction in history. Still, the 57-43 vote for impeachment fell short of the two-thirds (67 votes) required to convict. Calling it a “witch hunt”, Trump said it’s not over for him or the 74 million Americans who voted his way in November. Former supporter/senior Republican Mitch McConnell also said things aren’t done – but he pointed to possible future legal proceedings against Trump. President Joe Biden said the “sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile.”

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