Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment acquittal drew swift backlash from Massachusetts Democrats, while Republicans said it’s time to move forward from the “political theater” and tackle other issues affecting the nation.
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley called for the 43 Republican senators who voted “not guilty” to be expelled.
“This impeachment trial was a referendum on white supremacist violence. 43 Republican senators confirmed they condone it. They enable it. They must be expelled,” Pressley tweeted.
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey were among the 57 senators who said Trump was “guilty” of inciting the deadly U.S. Capitol riot — a bipartisan vote that fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction.
“Donald Trump incited a mob of domestic terrorists to attack our Capitol and overturn the election. Even 7 Senate Republicans couldn’t stomach his act of insurrection,” Warren tweeted. “Our democracy must be stronger than the former president and the 43 senators who sided with him today.”
U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, the assistant House speaker, tweeted, “Donald Trump is a traitor. He used white supremacy and violence to threaten our democracy. This is his legacy. Every Senator who voted to acquit is cloaked in the same dark shadow. History will remember the truth and the complicit.”
U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan said, “It’s a sad day for our nation when elected officials put their own political interests before the future of our democracy. That’s what 43 senators did today.”
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said the Republican Party, “has definitively forfeited its credibility on national security” but that it “comes as no surprise that so many Republicans in the Senate have once again capitulated to Trump.”
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch tweeted, “The shameful action of Republican Senators who voted for acquittal will be forever tainted in the context of history as cowards who abdicated their oath of office by choosing to protect & defend the crazed behavior and lies of Mr. Trump instead of defending our Constitution.”
Lynch added, “While it is a sad day for our democracy, I look forward to watching the Biden administration demonstrate what responsible government looks like and what a decent, caring and compassionate President can do for this country.”
Some Bay State Republicans also said it’s time to move on.
“I’m glad it’s over with so we can move on in healing and unifying the country and the state,” state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, said. “Hopefully there won’t be such hyper-partisan rhetoric moving forward and we really all concentrate on things that are important as far as the budget and actually getting out and getting people vaccinated, getting the economy rolling.”
Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said he’s “glad to see that the political theater put on by the Democrats is over. I was happy to see that the president was acquitted and hopefully we can move on to solving some of the problems facing the nation today.”
MassGOP Vice Chairman Tom Mountain blasted the Senate trial as a “complete farce” and said Trump’s acquittal was “inevitable.”
“It was really a show trial by vengeful, vindictive Democrats intent on humiliating and denigrating the former president of the United States, and they failed to do that,” Mountain said, adding that Republicans “will remember this for next year’s midterm elections, when we take back the House and the Senate.”