GOP Senators Warn Trump Won’t Be Able to Run Again 'Even if He's Not Convicted'
Second impeachment trial would be enough to deter Trump from running
Republican senators warned how Donald Trump could be affected in the future by dual impeachments.
Meanwhile, some are privately claiming a second impeachment trial would be enough to deter Trump from running for office again.
House impeachment managers made their case why the Senate should vote to convict President Trump and prevent him from running for office ever again.
The footage was shown of the violence that took place on Jan. 6, although it left out Trump calling for supporters to make their voices heard "peacefully and patriotically."
A senator commented on the evidence:
“What would stand out to my colleagues is there was no rescue, there was nothing that came to put an end to it.”
House impeachment managers told the jury of senators “that the National Guard was not deployed until two hours after the attack on the Capitol began, delaying the arrival of troops until 5 p.m. that day.”
According to The Hill’s reporting, one GOP senator “suggested that Democrats may ultimately help the GOP by sidelining Trump.”
“‘Unwittingly, they are doing us a favor. They’re making Donald Trump disqualified to run for president’ even if he is acquitted," the senator said.
Other Republican senators “say it would be a good thing if the impeachment trial helps distance the party from Trump, who has thoroughly dominated GOP politics over the past five years.”
Despite the Democrats arguments, conviction looks unlikely:
“The thing I’m most concerned about is not Trump…I’m concerned about the precedent and the pattern this will set… This is the fourth trial in our nation’s history, and two of them have been in the last 13 months. I’m worried this will become routine.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also said she is less concerned about Trump running again:
“After the American public sees the full story laid out here … I don’t see how Donald Trump could be reelected to the presidency again,” Murkowski said Wednesday.
Other Republicans have privately agreed with that evaluation, according to the Hill:
One senator said:
“This is very damaging to any future political race for President Trump, but I’ve been amazed at the amount of and intensity of support despite all the other things that have happened.”
Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has slammed Democrats for wasting millions of dollars in taxpayers' money on trying to impeach President Donald Trump while "Americans are out of work."
“Not only does this trial set a dangerous precedent by impeaching a private citizen, but it is also costing the American taxpayers money when we all know what the result will be in the end,” Tuberville said in the video.