February 5, 2020, will go down in history as the day Donald Trump was acquitted of all charges by the Senate avoiding removal from office and ending a historic impeachment trial.
But it was also a day when his fellow Republicans “know it was wrong, know he’ll do it again, still don’t care,” as Daily Kos reports.
Yet it was even worse than that. It’s not that senate Republicans “don’t care.” it’s that they realize the GOP is representing a smaller and smaller fraction of the total public—so the only way to win is to cheat!
Make no mistake: Senate Republicans just endorsed Trump cheating to steal the 2020 election.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 5, 2020
Republicans knew Trump is in the wrong:
For instance, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told CBS News that she believes that the impeachment taught Trump a “pretty big lesson” and that he would be “much more cautious” about involving foreign governments in America’s politics in the future.
Alaska’s Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski called the president’s actions “shameful and wrong” while choosing not to vote to convict him in the trial.
— ZiggyW (@Clickclack108) January 31, 2020
An MSNBC report stated that Sen. John Thune (R-SD) suggested Trump’s “misdeeds were rookie mistakes.” Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman, too, sided with other GOP senators while calling Trump’s delay of aid while pressing the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden, “wrong and inappropriate.”
To this, Ohio’s Democratic Chairman David Pepper accused Portman of “sheer cowardice.” And turns out, he was right all along.
Understand, when we call Republicans #cowards we're not just using an invective designed to shame and embarrass these people.
We're accurately describing their state of mind. They are AFRAID. They are more afraid of @realDonaldTrump than they are of the damage he causes.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 31, 2020
Shortly after the Senate acquitted Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, an opinion piece in The New York Times by Sherrod Brown, a Democratic senator from Ohio, went viral.
Titled ‘In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear’, Brown stressed that fear was the primary motivator. He wrote,
“They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like “Low Energy Jeb” and “Lyin’ Ted,” or that he might tweet about their disloyalty. Or — worst of all — that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary.”
So, it’s not just about helping Trump possibly win a second term, but to secure their own political futures.
I had hoped @SenAlexander would do the right thing on his way out the door. #Coward. I had some hope there wld be 4 GOP Senators that wld do the right thing. It’s sad that we had 2 pin our hopes on only 4. We should expect ALL of our Senators to do the right thing. #Cowards all.
— Therese Mary 🌊❄️ (@ThereseMary76) January 31, 2020
Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Madison, Monroe, et al. risked being hanged, drawn & quartered by demanding our independence from a king. Trump is trying to be a king, by committing high crimes against our Constitution. @SenateGOP are the worst kind of #Cowards
— Sharon (@quincy59) January 31, 2020