One day later, the reviews are in on Republican Senators’ decision to put party over country and refuse to uphold the rule of law. Senators of both parties said yesterday that President Trump is guilty of abusing the power of his office — but after following Mitch McConnell and repeatedly voting against witnesses and evidence, the vulnerable Republican incumbents on the ballot in 2020 proved once again that they do not have the moral courage to stand up for what’s right.
Now, GOP senators are facing devastating coverage and scathing criticism back home:
AZ – Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts: Sen. Martha McSally morphs from ‘no quid pro quo’ to no harm no foul in Trump impeachment
CO – 9News’ Kyle Clark: “The whole impeachment has come and gone without Senator Cory Gardner having the basic courage to directly answer that question” of whether Trump’s conduct was wrong
CO – KDVR: “In October, St. George asked Gardner if it was appropriate for the president of the U.S. to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival. St. George asked for a “yes or no” answer. The video quickly went viral with Gardner dodging the question. Gardner again dodged the question Wednesday.”
GA – Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia senators acquit Trump; opponents say votes will follow them
IA – Storm Lake Times Editorial Board: “Sen. Joni Ernst discredits the Senate, Iowa and herself through her active participation in President Trump’s attempted cover-up… She looks like a fool… Ernst participated in a cover-up and is spreading lies that already have been shown to be false. She refused to let Iowans hear from important witnesses such as Bolton. Voters want the full story. They expect their senators to seek the truth, and not spread lies. They expect their senators to uphold their Constitutional oversight authority and not to kneel before a bloated monarch. Joni Ernst does not respect or deserve the office. She has proven it in the last week.”
ME – Portland Press Herald Editorial Board: Our View: Collins, Republicans vote to enable Trump — “Collins will have to answer for every future act of the president that she has voted to enable”
ME – Bangor Daily News: Susan Collins walks back remark that Trump learned from impeachment, saying it was ‘aspirational’
ME – WMTW: Collins defends not guilty impeachment vote of President Trump
NBC News First Read: “While Romney was the only Republican senator who voted to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial, he wasn’t some random GOP senator – he was the party’s last presidential nominee. If Democrats were only going to get one GOP vote, he was one to get… it puts pressure on moderate and at-risk GOP senators – like Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner and Martha McSally – to explain why they didn’t see the same simple facts above that Romney saw.”
Roll Call: “And the trial forced vulnerable Republican senators — such as Cory Gardner of Colorado, Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Martha McSally of Arizona — to go on record with Trump-backing votes that could be used against them in their reelection campaigns through November.”
New York Times’ Gail Collins: Think Trump’s Learned a Lesson? Hahahaha — “… for the worst impeachment moment, I’m going with Susan Collins. The idea that Donald Trump had learned any lesson is ridiculous.”
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