"No president has ever gone through anything like it," Trump said.
For the second time, Donald Trump's name was dragged through an impeachment trial and for the second time, he escaped conviction by the US Senate. Even after some Republicans accepted that Trump was responsible for inciting the Capitol mob violence and risking the lives of his Vice President and other lawmakers, Trump was acquitted by the US Senate for his role in the January 6 attack after a 57-43 vote.
Following his acquittal, Trump put out a celebratory statement where he, unsurprisingly, cast himself as the victim of the events that took place in the weeks before he left the White House.
"This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country," Trump wrote in an email blast after his acquittal, as quoted by Boston Herald. "No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago."
Since the presidential election results came out in November, Trump has repeatedly reminded people of the number of votes he won (about 74.2 million to be more precise), but he fails to mention that his opponent in the elections, President Biden, won almost 81.3 million votes, as reported by CNN.
In his statement after his Senate acquittal, Trump also said that he was far from being done with his political agenda for the country. "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun," Trump went on to say, according to Boston Herald. "In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it! We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future."
"Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish," added the only man in America's history to ever be impeached twice. "We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come."
During Trump's second trial, the 57-43 vote came out after seven GOP members joined 48 Democrats and two independent senators to vote and say that Trump was guilty. However, they fell short of the two-thirds majority and needed 67 votes to convict Trump for inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol building, according to CNN.
After the "not guilty" verdict came out, Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell, finally admitted that Trump was responsible for the Capitol mob attack but still chose to vote for his acquittal, as reported by The Guardian. "There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically, and morally, responsible for provoking the events of the day," the Republican said and added the former president is "still liable for everything he did while he’s in office. He didn’t get away with anything yet."
"There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) February 14, 2021
But you voted to acquit.
You justified murder, insurrection, sedition, terrorism, and white supremacy.#43Traitors #LeaveTheGOP pic.twitter.com/SKqm1ou1PT
But despite accepting that Trump was responsible for the violence, McConnell voted for his acquittal and joined other Republicans in letting go of a chance to hold the former president accountable.