A few weeks ago, it appeared that the Democrats had the votes necessary to condemn Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. Senators like Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski appeared likely to be voting against the 45th president.
Mitch McConnell seemed ready to condemn Trump too. However, it doesn't seem like Democrats would have the 17 votes they need from Republicans.
Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) created a compromise between two parties in which Trump should be censored. As with impeachment, if Trump were censored he would be prevented from ever running for public office again.
The voices don't seem to be there for criticism. Kaine said of the measure: "We don't have enough support on the Republican side because they don't want to stop Trump from running for office, and I don't have enough support on the Democratic side because for most of my colleagues it's impeachment or nothing. "
Senator Kaine on former President Trump's censorship:
"We don't have enough support on the Republican side because they don't want to stop Trump from running for office, and I don't have enough support on the Democratic side because for most of my colleagues it's impeachment or nothing." pic.twitter.com/ltfgxBLCYA
– NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 2, 2021
Reporters also asked Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer about the possibility of reprimanding Trump on Tuesday. "I think the president should be brought to justice, ”said Schumer. "We can discuss anything that goes beyond this, but he deserves conviction, nothing less."
Check out a clip of Schumer's response below, courtesy of ABC News:
Senate majority leader Schumer on the impeachment proceedings against former President Trump and the possibility of criticism: "He deserves conviction, nothing less." https://t.co/DFbXFoXh6K pic.twitter.com/YILBs4pahB
– This week (@ThisWeekABC) February 2, 2021
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