Republican Senators Acquitted A Guilty Man, Now 210,000 Americans Are Dead
President Donald Trump was guilty of the charges presented in his impeachment trial — abuse of power and obstruction of justice — but for political reasons, Senate Republicans chose to acquit him.
- A number of analysts at reputable networks and publications said Trump was guilty as charged for soliciting election interference from Ukraine.
- CNN legal analyst Michael Zeldin, who previously served in the Justice Department, observed at the time that “House managers made the stronger case” in showing that Trump had committed offenses worthy of conviction.
- Columnist Jonah Goldberg reached the same conclusion, writing in The Los Angeles Times that he had “argued for months now that it was obvious the president was guilty of abusing his office by pressuring the Ukrainian government to target former Vice President Joe Biden in a corruption probe.”
- Goldberg also noted that a few Republican lawmakers admitted as much after the trial ended, though they insisted that the president’s guilt did not mean he should be removed from office.
Trump’s impeachment trial began in the Senate on January 16 and ended on February 5.
On February 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first likely instance of community spread of COVID-19.
- By March 13, Trump had declared a national emergency due to the pandemic, at the same time declaring that he did not “take responsibility at all” for delays in coronavirus testing.
- Americans watched in horror over the next several months as coronavirus deaths mounted, many of them avoidable had Trump responded effectively to the pandemic.
- Now, eight months after Republicans gave Trump a free pass on impeachment, the U.S. has lost 210,000 people to COVID-19 — and that number is only expected to climb over the fall and winter months.
- Even having contracted the virus himself, Trump continues to downplay its danger and the impact of the coronavirus on the country at large, comparing COVID once again to the seasonal flu.
- The president tweeted on Tuesday — the day after returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center — that the coronavirus is “in most populations far less lethal” than the flu.
“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
On Monday, Trump offered some of his most tone-deaf comments yet on the virus, telling Americans: “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently.”
With 210,000 Americans dead, and after experiencing a level of access to top-notch treatment that most Americans can only dream of, the President of the United States callously told the people this virus is easy to beat.
Senate Republicans shoulder much of the blame for the devastation wrought by Trump's disregard for the lives and well-being of his fellow Americans — and for the devastation that has yet to come.