ANSWERS: 2
  • Did anyone expect otherwise?!
    • DancesWithWolves
      Thanks for your comment :)
  • They never had enough votes to convict him to begin with. They knew it from the start. This was either just a show for the public or they are VERY BAD AT MATH.
    • DancesWithWolves
      Thanks for your comment :)
    • bostjan64
      It might have been a move to add credibility to a criminal trial. Keep in mind that the US constitution prohibits anyone from holding any federal office if that person has been convicted of any crime of insurrection against the government, so the Democrat's ultimate goal all along was probably to get Trump convicted in a Federal Court, which would bar him from seeking re-election. I'm not sure if it's ultimately a smart move on their part or not. The standard of evidence in criminal court is much high than in the Senate, and the jury would have to reach a unanimous decision. -
    • bostjan64
      Also, if Trump somehow gets convicted in a criminal trial by a jury (therefore by unanimous vote by that jury), the Democrats will try to drive that as a point that the GOP senators acquitted Trump after not paying attention during the trial and contrasting that with the hypothetical fact that a group of normal people convicted him unanimously. Of course, this backfires if they try Trump in a lower criminal court and he is acquitted there too (which, I estimate there is maybe only 20 - 25% of conviction). Also, by my reckoning, republican voters largely don't care. The repubican party at this point is basically just the anti-democratic party. The democrats would have more political ground to gain by undoing Gerrymandering done by the GOP in the US House of Representatives and lean into statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico, which could give them more Senate seats, but neither side of the legislative branch seems to have the leadership power to get their own party to agree to stick to any long-term game plan.

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