From the very beginning, it was obvious that the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump had no chance of success and yet the Democrats pushed on with it. First, once Donald Trump had stepped down as President of the United States, the need to remove him fell away. The Democrats argued that it was necessary to impeach him even if he is no longer president. The reason being that he should be prevented from running for public office in the future. The second reason is that Donald Trump is no longer a young man and he has got several of his own businesses. If he were to run for any public office, it will only be for the Presidency as it is not conceivable that he would want to run for any other public office than the Presidency. In any event, why would the Democrats so badly want to prevent him from running for public office in the future? The answer can be that they fear the kind of competition that Donald Trump gave them in the November 2020 elections having collected 74 000 000 of the 156 000 000 Americans who voted against 81 000 000 who voted for Joe Biden.
On Saturday, 13 February 2021, the Senate found Donald Trump not guilty on charges of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on 06 January 2021. All Democratic Senators voted in favor of the impeachment supported by 7 Republicans, who broke rank with their party. The Democrats needed 17 Republicans to support them for the motion to succeed. Donald Trump has been barred from using Twitter, his preferred medium of communication, so it is unclear what his future plans are. He, however, denounced the proceedings as ‘yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.’ Saying further that,”our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”
This is a second attempt by the Democrats to impeach Donald Trump and has left them embarrassed as they were convinced that this time around, the motion would succeed and that they would be able to get 17 Republicans to support them. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, accused the Republican senators of cowardice for having failed to vote in favor of impeachment and said that it will go down in history as one of the darkest and most dishonorable acts. In his reaction, President Biden said that this incident reminded Americans that Democracy was fragile. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell said that he voted for Trump because he believed that the Senate had no jurisdiction over the former President and not that Mr Trump was not responsible for inciting the insurrection.
After all is said and done, Trump was acquitted by the Senate, paving the way for him to re-enter the political arena. There is a possibility that he might be censured by Congress. Nancy Pelosi referred to it as ‘a little slap in the wrist and that people are censured for using stationery for the wrong purpose and not for inciting insurrection.