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Former President Trump Acquitted
News Bytes 02/16/2021 225 Comments

Former President Donald Trump was acquitted on Saturday of inciting the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol (see Protesters Storm U.S. Capitol). If former President Trump had been found guilty, it would have been the first-ever conviction of a current or former U.S. president. It was also the first impeachment trial of a former president.

Around a month after the riot, the Senate gathered to deliver its verdict. National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the Capitol.

The House of Representatives had impeached President Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection one week after the riot. Within another week, President Biden was inaugurated, putting President Trump out of office. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent the article of impeachment to the Senate days later. That began the impeachment trial.

House prosecutors argued that former President Trump was the “inciter in chief.” They say his violent words and false claims unleashed the mob.

Former President Trump’s lawyers argued that his words were not intended to stir up violence. They say the impeachment was a “witch hunt” meant to prevent him from serving in office again.

The senators were sworn in as jurors for the trial. They promised to deliver “impartial justice.” They ended with a vote of 57-43 in favor of conviction. Seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to convict. But the vote fell short of the two-third majority, or 67 votes, needed to find former President Trump guilty. Most Republicans voted to acquit. They doubted that the former President was fully to blame or that impeachment was the right response. Some felt it was unconstitutional to try a president who had already left office.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell is one of those who voted to acquit. He says former President Trump could not be convicted because he is no longer president. But afterwards, Senator McConnell pointed to the former President as bearing responsibility for the insurrection.

Impeachment trials are rare. Only three presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump—the only one to be twice impeached. None of them were convicted.

God changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. — Daniel 2:21

(Republican senators and staff talk during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 13, 2021. AP/Senate Television)

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@ CB

does that mean yes?

@Christian B

You know that it's against the law to stop people from watching the voting, it's our constitutional right, and they were breaking that. It wasn't because they needed to focus, it was because they knew they were doing something unlawful.

@Christian B

Did you not just see my entire comment discussing ASHER'S comment!? I've hardly spoken to you! How do you define "attack"? And, if you're saying that Aryelle is one of the ones attacking you, you (by your own terms) are committing racism and sexism. If you are saying that Asher was attacking you and not Aryelle, then that's only one person and Asher doesn't "attack" people. He discusses with them. If you are going to come in and share your opinions, you have to be prepared for people to disagree with you. When people disagree, they aren't necessarily attacking each other. Saying "You're attacking me" isn't a reason for or against any argument that we are making. If you don't like us discussing our opinions, you don't have to read them, but please do, because I enjoy discussion! :)

@Asher- Franz asked WHERE you were searching, not IF you were searching. I am in the same situation as you about Democrats not wanting to admit they are wrong. But I'm sure there's someone out there.... OH YEAH! There's this guy on YouTube. TimPool, I think his channel is called. He is a Democrat, but when all this radical leftist stuff came out, he was mad about it. He doesn't like Trump, but he doesn't like the way people treat him either. He is an example of a Democrat that can admit when they/their party is wrong. He IS a Democrat.
Trump has shared incorrect information before. Usually statistics or other vague and partisan-prone "facts".
@N&M A- No. I do not trust Biden.
@Franz- I agree with most of what you said, just a couple things.
1 When talking about someone's political policies, usually you don't look at their personal life unless it directly affects their political policies. Trump is a really bad dude when it comes to marriage, fidelity, and morality in general.
2 This was not a normal election. Fraud happened and was deliberately covered up by the government and the media. No matter who did it, we need transparency in our voting system! Otherwise, what's the point of voting in the first place? Our Founding Fathers did not intend for the election to be so enigmatic and hard to examine. If we can't go back and see, "Oh, yeah, there were such and such a number votes for Tom and such and such a number votes for Tim. That means Tim won." that means our system is flawed and we should fix it. People should care about the integrity of the election, but they don't because they are ignorant (not ignorant as in dumb, ignorant as in uninformed). I'm going to stop now. If you read all of this, you are a champ. XP

@Franz

.__. is meant to be a blank face, I think. Which would mean that he hasn't heard of Mark Rober.

@ Addie L

1I was talking about bad in general in which they both are
2. the election did have some fraud but not enough to make trump lose .it was because Biden got more votes

3extra. I wonder if trump had won would the reps be saying there was election fraud ?probably not. what would the dems say ? Probably that there was election fraud.This showes just how biased each far-left/right is to ward there candidate
4. I am glad the people on here aren't extremely biased like the people I see playing slither.io and other places

@ Addie L

I forgot to I say I agree with almost everything you said and I am going to stop to now
(Especially as I have to do a lot of homework) :)

@Franz

You're probably right about how Republicans would be acting. Most republicans, anyway.

woah.

yiiiiiiisshhhhhh. I am seeing ugly comments. i think i might....stop reading the comments when its about biden or trump or what not. wonder if anyone is hurting the poor guy's feelings. dont get me wrong, i'm a little kid that doesn't have an opinion on this either way, but yiiish! getting a little harsh, i daresay!

@Anyone who was offended by what I said

My intention was not to offend you. :)
I hope I wasn't being ugly. Desarose, could you tell me if there was anything that I said that you thought was mean? Maybe I could rephrase it.

@ARYELLE D

u know that every commercial break a voting commercial came on encouraging people to vote? u know more people voted this election than ever? u know ppl weren't allowed to watch the people COUNT the vote but everyone could vote. it's just that democrats voted mail-in while republicans voted at the polls and since they counted the polls first and then the mail-in the election looked like a fraud.

@EVERYONE

WHAT WAS THE REASON OF BRIANNA TAYLOR'S DEATH?

@Christian B

I only pointed out that were not allowed to watch the voting, not that they couldn't vote everyone was able to vote this year (even the dead) so I wasn't saying that. What I said was when they didn't allow people to watch the counting, when they did that they were violating our constitutional right. That's all I said

@Christian B

but I get what you are saying....

@Christian

What was the reason of all those people's deaths and property damage during BLM rioting?

@ADDIE L

for human right what's the reason for brianna taylor's death?

@Christian B

She was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March during a botched raid on her apartment.

@ Christian

And I think her boyfriend shot at the police first, so the police didn't open fire.

@Christian B

It is illegal for them to count the vote without at least one democrat and one republican present you have just admitted that they did wrong. What they did should send them to jail.

but...

but she was sleeping y did they shoot HER

and....

where did yall get this info?

@Christian B

I am pretty sure a stray bullet hit her. As someone who has shot a gun before I believe that is very likely to happen.

._.

really? why would the police carry a shotgun inside a house?

._.

It doesn't have to be a shotgun for it to be a stray bullet.

@Christian B

I will try to answer you. I do not know all of the details of Brianna Taylor's death, but as far as I can tell, she was ONE person. What happened to her was sad and unnecessary, and I am not excusing it. Like Aryelle said, it is very possible that it was an accident, but, as I do not know the details, I will not trust myself to share an opinion.
Now you can answer my question: What was the reason of all of the death and property damage from BLM riots? I notice you don't seem to be outraged, even though many black people were affected as well as white, hispanic, and other races. Just look at the difference between Brianna Taylor and BLM riots. ONE person dead vs Many people dead/injured and BILLIONS of dollars of property damage. The media is defending BLM rioting and is blowing up the ONE republican riot where only a few people died.

Yeah, I think the whole world

Yeah, I think the whole world might be better off without Facebook and Twitter... At the very least, US citizens should dump them and use some less biased social media page.

@Hesperus D

Did you hear that Trump might be making his own social media platform?

the list goes on....

You know how many black people died for being black? And IF BLM was damaging property the rioting of the capital did the same kinda harm. But even tho the people at the capital were doing the same kinda damage, there were no rubber bullets. there were no tear gas, there were no nightsticks or the same type of violance as BLM. imm not even gonna get into the fact that the PRESIDENT wanted people to raid the capital just because he lost.

@Asher E

That's just insane.

@ Christian

Trump didn't incite a riot, he even told people to stop rioting.

@ Christian

Also, the rioters at the capitol did do damage, but in a concentrated area and only to one building. BLM rioters lit buildings on fire destroyed property of white AND black people all around the country. I know a black guy and he honestly didn't care, he thought it was ridiculous. And just so you know, a black democrat women walked into the middle of the capitol riot and was yelling at some lady about not wearing a mask, and when the other lady walked away, the black lady FOLLOWED her and continued harassing her. The other lady finally had had enough and punched her. And somehow absolutely NONE of this was the black lady's fault. Please explain.

@sarah

y does that matter?

@sarah

Trump divided this country, democrats, republicans, black, white. why can't we all just be humans? Just because we disagree people can't be friends? just because we disagree people can't show respect? We are all equal humans, no one is less-human than the other. We were all made equally in God's image.

@Christian B

Trump did not divide the country, the reasonless hatred of him by the democRats did.

@Christian B

Multiple times in the Presidents speech at the capital he stressed to display their disapproval "peacefully"

@Christian B

Trump did not divide this country. Trump can't control how other people react; he isn't God.
This country is divided because people can't accept that they are wrong. Republicans and Democrats both have hard times even IMAGINING that they could be wrong.
Another reason our country is divided is that people don't know how to argue. They think that red herrings, ad hominem, and other fallacies are persuasive arguments, which is far from true.
They change the subject when their opponent presents reasonable arguments because they don't want to take the time to think their opinion through.
They attack other people's actions and opinions instead of trying to understand them.
They use shame as a weapon instead of trying to protect people from shame.
All of these things are methods that people (all people) use in arguments today, and they don't get us anywhere towards unity.
Christian B, you say, "why can't we all just be humans? Just because we disagree people can't be friends? just because we disagree people can't show respect? We are all equal humans, no one is less-human than the other. We were all made equally in God's image." This is true, and we all agree with you, I'm sure. Now, consider that white and black people are not being treated equally. If you have light skin, you are automatically racist in some people's eyes. If you are dark, you are automatically a victim, whether you like it or not. I don't think equality is being shown.
Also, if the white woman in Sarah's comment had been black, and the black woman had been white, how do you think people would react to it?

@ADDIE L

i agree with mostly everything u said and if the white women who slapped the black women, if it were the other way around, the black woman would be in jail right now.

@Christian B

Not with the new style of policing.

@ADDIE L

yea ur right. they would kill her

sorry

i meant @asher E

@ Christian

That's not what Asher meant, I think he meant that the black woman would get away with whatever she did just because she was black.

@sarah

so now you guys think black people get all the advantages?

@Christian

I don't think black people get ALL of the advantages, I think that people are so worried about being called racist, that they can be (and very often are) blind to justice.
Here is my opinion on how people would react: Sarah's story but with the skin colors changed: "A white democrat woman walked into the middle of the capitol riot and was yelling at some black lady about not wearing a mask, and when the black lady walked away, the white lady FOLLOWED her and continued harassing her. The black lady finally had had enough and punched her."
This story would have been ignored, because the media doesn't care about republican black people, they only care about democrat black people. Their policy is 'If you didn't vote for Biden, you ain't black.' So take all conservative blacks out of black lives matter.
Also, I hope you were exaggerating when you said they would have killed the black woman. That is far from true. If they had mistreated her at all, it would have been 1) because she was a republican and 2) with threats. But, like I said, most likely the event would have been ignored by the media.
I am on the side of the woman who wasn't wearing a mask. No matter what her skin color, she was right in defending herself against people trying to force her to do something she didn't want to do. This country came into being because people were being forced to do things they didn't want to do. I for one stand up for personal rights. The government can't force us to do things, even if those things are good. We as a nation have to decide.

@ADDIE L

ok but if people don't wear masks then this virus will stay forever. I get it AND i agree that the black woman shouldn't have harassed her like that. But the white lady should have her mask ON! The black woman shoulda politely asked the white woman to put her mask on, if the white lady doesn't, so be it. The black lady at least knows she did her part. If the government doesn't enforce things people wouldn't listen and everything would take longer more people could die. That white lady wears her mask and the whole situation would have never happened.

@Christian B

Masks do nothing but cause drama and division. They do nothing to stop the virus. If we hadn't done these stupid lockdowns for as long as we have we would already have reached herd immunity and the virus would be pretty much gone. The black woman had no business telling the other woman to wear a mask. You can wear a mask if you want to but I will continue my defiance.

@Asher E

Fine but words don't mean anything in the country. Black people asked for equality and no one listened when BLM took action people were woke to the reality of how bad this is.

@Asher E

the best scientists say masks prevent the virus but it's people like you who don't listen that keep this virus around.

@ Christian

The virus isn't just going to disappear. It will still be there. And masks aren't nescasserily helping, if everyone hadn't been wearing masks we all would have had the virus already and would be immune. And you're going to trust this vaccine, which was created in a very short amount of time compared to other vaccines, to save you. Vaccines can be more harmful than the virus sometimes. If someone dies from the vaccine no one will know because the vaccine is supposed to be this savior.

@Asher E

I WILL NOT take the vaccine if i can help it. Also if we didn't wear masks then yes we would probably be immune by now but there would be so much more deaths...

sorry

i mean't @sarah

@sarah

you think ALL lives matter right?

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