As expected, Donald Trump is taking a victory lap telling anyone that will listen that he was acquitted in the impeachment trial. Under the rules, yes he was, but the outcome is far from an exoneration of Trump.
These are the unpleasant facts that Donald Trump ignores.
- The Senate, although Donald Trump controls the majority party, did not give Trump the ability to claim victory at the State of the Union Address. Whatever the reason, Donald Trump was forced to deliver the State of the Union while under trial for criminal behavior.
- The Senate was unable to convict because it did not have the votes necessary to convict as it requires a super majority. The outcome was far shorter than the victory Trump claims. The votes against convicting Donald Trump were all Republicans. On Article 1, the votes were 48 to convict and 52 against. On Article 2, the votes were 47 to convict and 53 against. Clearly nowhere near the super majority needed to claim victory.
- However, on Article 1, one Republican, Mitt Romney crossed party lines and voted to convict Donald J. Trump.
- No Democrats nor Independents crossed party lines as all voted to convict Trump of both articles of impeachment.
The most unpleasant fact for Donald Trump and his supporters is that no amount if lipstick (Republican votes) will ever make the stigma of impeachment go away.
Mitt Romney made sure of that with his vote to convict him of traitorous acts.