Biden, reflecting on Senate acquittal of Trump, says 'democracy is fragile'

Biden, reflecting on Senate acquittal of Trump, says 'democracy is fragile'

Trump's acquittal raises questions about what's next for the 74-year-old former president, the Republican Party and President Joe Biden.

Today, 57 Senators - including a record 7 Republicans - voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. "He didn't get away with anything yet".

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Among them is former SC governor Nikki Haley, who said Republicans were wrong for supporting Trump's campaign to reverse the election results, a course that led to the January 6 attack on Congress.

Lee, who is now in his second term and has been in office since 2011, voted "not guilty" Saturday on the charge that Trump incited the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month. "Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader (Mitch) McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a "disgraceful dereliction of duty" and "practically and morally responsible for provoking" the violence unleashed on the Capitol", Biden said.

Trump's impeachment trial has been hanging over the start of Biden's presidency and the Democrats must be glad it took just five days. In a written statement, he said Trump made unfounded claims about a fraud-riddled election "because he did not like the results".

Over 36 years in the Senate, the measured McConnell has earned a reputation for inexpressiveness in the service of caution.

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At its most basic level, this is a win for the former president.

McConnell's decision will no doubt colour his legacy. He turns 79 next Saturday and doesn't face reelection for nearly six years. Even critics say McConnell likes to play the long game. Battered at times by vindictive presidential tweets, McConnell made a habit of saying nothing about many of Trump's outrageous comments.

He ended up guiding the Senate to victories such as the 2017 tax cuts and the confirmations of three Supreme Court justices and more than 200 other federal judges.

It withered completely last month, after Republicans lost Senate control with two Georgia runoff defeats they blamed on Trump, and the savage attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

Their relationship, built more on expedience than admiration, plummeted after Trump's denial of his November 3 defeat and relentless efforts to reverse the voters' verdict with his baseless claims that Democrats fraudulently stole the election. "He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day".

As for the millions of voters who supported Trump, they need not renounce their past allegiance to him - or their agreement with his policy positions - to recognize that he betrayed them as well when he lied about a "rigged" election and incited the mob.

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