Though the largest number of Senators in the United States ever voted against their own former President the impeachment trial failed to get the required two-thirds majority, that is the support of 67 members of the US Upper House. At present the House has 50 members each of both the Republican and Democratic parties. 57 Senators voted in favour while 43 against the trial to convict former President Donald Trump, who was blamed for inciting the Capitol Hill violence of January 6.
The seven Republicans who voted against Trump are Mitt Romney of Utah, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania. It needs to be mentioned that Mr. Romney had run for the Presidential elections in 2012 for the Republican Party. He had then lost to Barack Obama who then went on to serve the second term.
Commenting on his acquittal, the former President said, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”
This is the second time that though the House of Representatives impeached Trump yet he survived in the Senate. The House first impeached him on December 18, 2019 but the Senate acquitted him of all the charges on February 5, 2020.
The acquittal of Trump has come as a sort of victory for him as he will now be able to contest future elections.