Although the Senate on Saturday acquitted former U.S. President Donald Trump of his role in the deadly riots in Capitol Hill on January 6, a majority of senators convicted him.
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“The headline is that he was acquitted, but it should be written very quickly that it is a hell of a slap in the face to politics and history. [que Trump] Received, ”said Rafael Jacob, an analyst specializing in American politics and a member of the Raండుl-Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
A historic vote was held in the Senate on Saturday on whether to recognize Trump’s guilt in the attacks on Capitol Hill that killed five people.
Fifty-seven senators voted in favor of punishing the Republican billionaire, with 43 against. To convict him, at least 67 senators, or two-thirds of elected officials, would have to vote in that direction.
“It is difficult to get 67 votes in the Senate,” Mr. Jacob explained. Having only 57 is unprecedented! Never in American history has a president received so many guilty votes against himself. “
Only President Trump of the United States, who has been convicted twice, is the only person to be acquitted on two occasions after 2020.
This is the first time there has been a bilateral majority, so elected officials from both parties voted to condemn the president, the analyst stressed.
True, seven Republican senators voted against Trump on Saturday.
Although he did not vote against the businessman, Mitch McConnell, an influential Republican leader in the Senate, reflected the displeasure of some members of his clan on Saturday. As soon as the verdict was announced, he did not hesitate to let go of his bitterness.
He emphasized that the letter was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into January 6, but rather a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the allegations.
And Donald Trump did not hesitate to respond via a press release on Saturday after the vote result came out.
“Our wonderful, historic and patriotic movement, Great Again America [Redonnez sa gloire à l’Amérique], “Has just begun,” he wrote, pretending once again to be the victim of a “witch hunt.”
– With AFP