On Saturday, Donald Trump became the first President to ever be acquitted twice by the Senate, having been, previously, the only President to ever face a second impeachment.
This time around, the Democrats in the House drew up one single, solitary article against Trump. They claimed that the Commander in Chief had “incited an insurrection” with his comments to the crowd outside the Capitol on January 6th.
Now, without a conviction, the Democrats seem unlikely to achieve one of the main goals of their impeachment of Trump: Barring him from holding public office in the United States. This could open up the possibility that Donald Trump could run again in 2024, but, at the very least, it gives the former NYC business mogul an opportunity to continue to shape American politics.
One of Trump’s most ardent former allies looked to tamp down that possibility this week.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking flak from former President Donald Trump’s closest allies after criticizing the former president and could be setting himself up for even more of a showdown in 2022 if Trump remains active in the GOP.
“My goal is, in every way possible, to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win in November,” McConnell told Politico. “Some of them may be people the former president likes. Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability.”
McConnell’s comments come as four Senate Republicans have said they will retire instead of seeking reelection in 2022. On the House side, Democrats have hammered Republicans over freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a vocal Trump supporter who was removed from two committee assignments after allegedly supporting violence against top Democrats and sharing conspiracy theories on social media before she was elected to Congress in November.
And that’s not all…
“I’m not predicting the president would support people who couldn’t win. But I do think electability — not who supports who — is the critical point,” McConnell told Politico.
McConnell brushed aside questions about Trump running for president in 2024, Politico reported.
“I’m focused on ’22 … The future of the party will be determined in places like Wyoming in ’22,” he said, referring to the effort to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., after she joined with House Democrats in the push to impeach Trump.
The news comes just days after Senator Lindsey Graham criticized McConnell for his comments regarding the President’s potential culpability in the events of January 6th.
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