Former President Donald Trump Acquitted of Criminal Charges After Impeachment

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer)

On February 13th, 2021, Donald Trump was acquitted of criminal charges but was still found guilty of inciting the act of domestic terrorism on the Capitol Building. There were two hundred and thirty-two votes for him being guilty and one hundred and ninety-seven votes for his innocence with four people not voting in the House. 

In the U.S. Senate, though, fifty-seven votes were finding Donald J Trump should be convicted and forty-three saying he shouldn’t, with many of his Republican colleagues voting against him. However, a vote of sixty-seven is needed for conviction, which is ten more than what was given.

After the voting in the Senate was final, Mitch McConnell, who voted in favor of Trump’s innocence, went outside the building to proclaim that he felt Trump was guilty, which brings about plenty of confusion.

Joaquin Cruz, a junior at San Lorenzo Valley High, had this to say about McConnell’s strange behavior, “I find it shameful of McConnell. The fact that he voted in favor of Trump’s innocence and then immediately changed his answer is just baffling. Seriously, he’s stupid for doing that,” which seems to be the same opinion of many.

As shown by the votes of the House and the Senate, the majority of people find that Trump is guilty and deserved to be convicted however Russell Palmer, high school freshman at San Lorenzo Valley High, finds that, “No, because he never said to raid the capital, and he later apologized for anyone who got hurt and said that those people weren’t his supporters,” which shows a controversial opinion, as Trump never clearly stated that he wanted his worshippers to break into the capitol building, but his quotes about going to the capitol and fighting like hell are certainly not proving anyone’s innocence, which as it wasn’t specifically stated that he wanted them to do so, that is probably why people found his defense to be sensical and sane.

While he wasn’t convicted, he is no longer the president, which will hopefully lead to a calmer and less war zone-like political climate in general.

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