Following his acquittal Saturday in his second Senate impeachment trial, former President Donald Trump issued a statement of thanksgiving, encouragement, hope – and warning.
While the Senate vote was 57-43 in favor of conviction, it fell short of the two-thirds vote required for conviction. Trump began by thanking his attorneys and the Republican senators who voted for his acquittal (seven did not) and in support of the nation’s founding principles and Constitution:
“I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth.
“My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.
“Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.”
But, Trump then warned of how his opponents have bastardized the U.S. justice system into a tool for political vengeance and crushing freedom of speech and opinion:
“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree.
“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.”
Trump called his latest impeach “another phase” of liberals’ unprecedented witch hunt against him. “It continues,” he said, because liberals fear the sheer size of his movement:
“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.”
“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” Trump added, closing with a message of gratitude, unity and hope for the nation’s future:
“I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times.
“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!
“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.
“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.
“May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.”
The seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump are:
· Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina,
· Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana,
· Sen. Susan Collins of Maine,
· Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska,
· Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah,
· Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and
· Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.