Seven Republican Vote to Convict (Updated)

Historical, but not enough.

As expected, Trump escaped conviction a second time in the the Senate.

It was, however, the most bipartisan vote to convict in history, 57-43.

The following Republicans voted to convict:

  • Richard Burr
  • Bill Cassidy
  • Susan Collins
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Mitt Romney
  • Ben Sasse
  • Pat Toomey

Update: McConnell’s speech was utterly remarkable. He asserts that Trump was guilty. He endorsed the entire case made by the House Managers as it pertains to his actions (although, clearly, not to jurisdiction). And yet he voted to acquit.

I find his reasoning for doing to so be specious, especially since he could have had this trial while Trump was still in office.

He is very much trying to have his cake and eat it too.

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  1. Teve says:
  2. Kathy says:

    I thought the first impeachment would have gone something like this. if it had, Trump would have been convicted this time.

  3. MarkedMan says:

    For a whole generation or more, Obama will be the face of Progressivism while Trump and his party of traitors will be that of Conservatism

  4. CSK says:

    I read that Trump is celebrating in Mar-a-Lago.

  5. dazedandconfused says:

    And well he should. Project Fleece The Sheep to fund his massive debts is still alive.

  6. CSK says:

    The irony here is that the overwhelming majority of those who voted to acquit Trump will be hated by the Trumpkins anyway. They hate everyone but Gaetz now. Even Tuberville is being accused of “betraying” Trump.

  7. Teve says:

    @CSK: Tuberville likes Trump, I think he was just too dumb to realize the import of what he was saying

  8. CSK says:

    That doesn’t matter to the Trumpkins. Tuberville is still a traitor and a backstabber. Like Pence.

  9. Mikey says:

    I think we should just understand Republicans have made impeachment is a dead letter at this point. Unless one party holds 67 seats–which might be possible in some alternate reality within which we do not currently exist–any future President can commit any crime and get away with it.

    This is shit in two ways. One, of course, is the de facto carte blanche for Presidential criming. But the other–somewhat paradoxically–is that this opens up impeachment as a mere tool of abuse. The fact the stakes now fall well below actual conviction and removal mean future Congresses can subject future Presidents to all the time-sucking idiocy they wish.

    Congratulations, Republicans! You’ve found yet another way to fuck the country over!

  10. Liberal Capitalist says:

    The GOP has signed its death warrant. The new National Socialist party has begun.

    “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. 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,” former President Trump said via a released statement.

    Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. 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!” the statement continued.

    The insanity has just begun.

  11. dazedandconfused says:


    Tommy has his “welcome to the Big Leagues, d-bag” moment.
    Lesson One: Snitches get stitches.

    I wonder how Tommy will react. He may be a lot of things but a wimp isn’t one of them…or hasn’t been until now, maybe.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Why am I not surprised that neither of my esteemed senators voted for conviction.

  13. Fog says:

    Hey, now! Lay off ol’ Tommy. He’s a pure southern man of the old school. He made his millions overseeing unpaid, mostly black labor, then ascended to higher office with a mandate to screw over the folks who made him rich in every way possible.

  14. Scott F. says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:
    When I read Trump’s full statement, I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

    The gall was unfathomable.

  15. Hal_10000 says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:

    One of the better things about Trump being out of office is I don’t have to read his BS anymore.

    Just sending a letter to Toomey, who is my senator, thanking him for his vote. I mean, he’s not running again, but a lot of soon-to-be-retireds voted to acquit anyway.

  16. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Scott F.:

    The gall was unfathomable.

    The thing that got me was the use of the word “our”… Because of eth fact that they always discuss how 75 74 million people voted for him.

    When you read that statement, it is a rally call to that 74 million. It’s their country.

    Dems will not replace them.

  17. fredw says:

    Wasn’t John Gotti acquitted twice too?

  18. Jim Brown 32 says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: F#ck those 74M people and Trump. These people want a fight. Give it to them. They won’t be satisfied until they get it.

  19. Franklin says:

    @Jim Brown 32: You got your guns? Because that’s the only thing those lizard brains understand.

  20. flat earth luddite says:

    “The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana has unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote cast earlier today to convict former President Donald J. Trump on the impeachment charge,” the state party said in a statement.

    Not surprising, but despicable.

  21. Jim Brown 32 says:

    @Franklin: Hope to goodness they stay in their safe but they are there if required. If Im at risk…so are they. That is the only dynamics Ive seen that minimalizes violence in factional nations. The moment one faction sees it has no risk…they take a giant shit on the head of the other faction…usually forcing them out of the country.

  22. @Jim Brown 32: @Franklin: Could we please refrain statements that could be construed as calls for violence?

  23. Jim Brown 32 says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Absolutely. Your place your rules Dr Taylor. I would, however, argue that there is a distinction between a call for violence, and an Affirmative that I will not take a Kunta Kinte or MLK if confronted with the choice. I will go the Malcolm X route.

    I welcome fights at the ballot box…even if Republicans win it. But I have a trained eye and see that there is real potential for the fight not to remain there. It will likely remain there…but there is still enough uncertainty where people in vulnerable populations need to be prepared to take care of themselves and their families in other scenarios.

  24. @Jim Brown 32: Self defense is legit, and I share your concerns about potential political violence. I just don’t want passers-by to misconstrue the conversation here.


  25. Franklin says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: My apologies. I skipped over the part that’s obvious in my mind. If the right is going to try to violently overrule democracy (which they did), the rest of us might need to be prepared (but hopefully the police and military have us covered).

  26. @Franklin: I figured as much. It is just that sometimes I see rhetoric that I don’t want to be misinterpreted.