Donald Trump won in Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by friends and family. Her lawyers celebrated with hugs and smiles. One of them joked, “We’re going to Disney World!
Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidential life. Feeling emboldened by the outcome of the lawsuit, he is expected to reappear from self-imposed hibernation at his club in Palm Beach, Fla., And consider ways to reassert his power.
But after being banned from Twitter, the former president lacks the social media megaphone that fueled his political rise. And he faces a deeply divided Republican Party over the legacy of its discordant final days in power, culminating in the storming of Capitol Hill on Jan.6. Striking video footage of the day was shown on a loop during his impeachment trial, which ended on Saturday.
Trump remains popular among the GOP base, but many Republicans in Washington have grown cold with him. Never before have so many presidential party members seven GOP senators, in his case, voted for his impeachment in a Senate trial.
Some could work to counter Trump’s efforts to support extreme candidates in next year’s Congressional primaries.
Undeterred, friends and allies expect Trump to resume friendly media interviews after weeks of silence. He has met with political advisers to discuss efforts to help Republicans try to take control of the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. He remains fixated on a demanding revenge against Republicans who backed his impeachment or have resisted his efforts to overturn the November election results won by Democrat Joe Biden.
I imagine you’ll probably hear a lot more from him in the next few days, Senior Advisor Jason Miller said.
In a statement after the vote, Trump offered few clues but was defiant in telling his supporters their movement was only just beginning.
In the coming months, I have a lot to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people, he said.
Senator Lindsey Graham, who spoke to Trump on Saturday night, acknowledged that Trump was angry with some people, but also ready to go ahead and rebuild the Republican Party and excited about 2022. “
In their conversations, Graham pointed out to Trump, who has threatened to create his own party to punish disloyal Republicans, that the GOP needs him to win.
I said, Mr. President, that this MAGA movement must continue. We have to unite the party. Trump-plus is way back in 2022, ”said Graham, RS.C. on Fox News Sunday.
“My goal is to win in 2022 to stop the most radical program I’ve seen come out of Joe Biden’s Democratic presidency. We can’t do it without Donald Trump, so he’s ready to hit the trail and I am ready to work with him, Graham said.
Graham said Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted for acquittal but then delivered a burning denunciation of Trump, obviously did himself a great deal of harm. Graham later said in the interview: If you want to treat yourself, okay, but I want to win. “
At his Palm Beach club on Saturday night, Trump was in high spirits as he dined on a terrace full of people. After several weeks of mildness, one member described a party atmosphere that had not been felt since before the election.
Yet Trump is not yet clear. No longer protected by an opinion from the Ministry of Justice against prosecution against sitting presidents, he now faces several ongoing criminal investigations.
In Georgia, the Fulton County District Attorney has opened a criminal investigation into attempts to influence the election, including Trump’s appeal to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger demanding that the official find enough votes to undo the victory of Biden.
In New York City, Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether Trump and his company improperly inflated the value of its assets in annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain tax benefits. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is continuing his own investigation, which includes testimony before a grand jury.
He hasn’t gotten away with anything yet, ”McConnell, R-Ky., After the vote. We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil disputes. And past presidents are not immune to being responsible for either. “
McConnell voted to acquit Trump on the grounds that the lawsuit was unconstitutional because he is no longer in office, but insisted there is no doubt that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for bringing about the events of the daytime. “
This sharp rebuke from his once-staunch advocate underscores how much Trump’s actions have fallen in Washington since his first impeachment trial just over a year ago.
But the desire to get rid of Trump is not shared across the country, where Republicans who dared to reprimand him were quickly berated.
Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Was forced to defend her position as the third-tier leader after she voted in favor of impeachment. On Saturday, the Louisiana Republican Party quickly censored Senator Bill Cassidy, one of seven Republican senators who voted for Trump’s conviction.
In an interview on Sunday with ABC’s This Week, Cassidy seemed at peace with her decision.
I think his strength is waning, he said of Trump. The Republican Party is more than one person. The Republican Party is on the ideas.
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