The U.S. Senate has voted to acquit former president Donald J. Trump of the impeachment charge of “inciting an insurrection.”
The Senate vote was 57 guilty, 43 not guilty. The impeachment trial will be dismissed.
The Democrats’ laid out the most incendiary accusations they could muster. Ultimately, their arguments fell flat.
Trump had started a ‘coup,’ a ‘riot,’ an ‘insurrection,’ all in a desperate bid to “retain power against the will of the American people,” they argued. The two-thirds majority needed in the Senate did not concur.
The House impeachment managers’ argument was always tenuous at best. That 57 senators agreed with it is disturbing, to say the least.
Nevertheless, Donald Trump is cleared of the impeachment charge. The failure of the Democratic Party’s attempt to convict him means he will not be barred from running for future office.