Trump impeachment: divided reaction in US after former president acquitted – as it happened

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The decision by 43 Republican senators to acquit Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial has been condemned by many observers as a racist vote which upholds white supremacy.

In his speech before the riot, Trump exhorted his followers to “fight” the vote and called his mostly white audience “the people that built this nation”. His efforts to overturn the election results concentrated in cities with large populations of Black voters who drove Biden’s win.

Kimberly Atkins (@KimberlyEAtkins)

I am an American for whom it took 2 constitutional amendments and a (now gutted) federal law to ensure that my vote would be counted, who watched mobs furiously tried to stop the votes of folks who look like me from being counted, first in my hometown and then at the US Capitol. https://t.co/RKNEjPQevV

February 13, 2021

Kimberly Atkins, a senior opinion writer at the Boston Globe, tweeted that the mob was trying to stop the votes of Black people like her from being counted.

Atkins said: “When this is done at the urging of the president of the United States, the constitution provides a remedy – if members of the House and Senate abide by their oaths. A republic, if you can keep it. Is it a republic for me?”

The Washington Post’s global opinions editor, Karen Attiah, said: “White supremacy won today.”

“History will reflect that leaders on both sides of the aisle enabled white extremism, insurrection and violence to be a permissible part of our politics,” Attiah added. “America is going to suffer greatly for this.”

Richard Burr’s vote to convict Donald Trump did not bring down the former president but it may have made Lara Trump “almost certain” to be nominated for the US Senate, key Trump ally Lindsey Graham said on Sunday.

“Certainly I would be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican party,” the South Carolina senator said of the former president’s daughter-in-law, adding that the future should be “Trump-plus”.

Burr, a former chair of the Senate intelligence committee, will retire as a senator from North Carolina at the end of his current term.

On Saturday, he and six other Republicans voted to convict Trump on a charge of insurrection linked to the US Capitol attack. It made Trump’s second impeachment the most bipartisan ever but he was acquitted nonetheless.

Burr’s state Republican party condemned what it called his “shocking and disappointing” vote.

Lara Trump is married to Eric Trump, the former president’s second son. She has been reported to be interested in running for Senate in her native state.

“The biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump,” Graham told Fox News Sunday. “My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and I’ve been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost a certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs.

“Now certainly I would be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican party.”

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