Camillus, N.Y. — In his first public comments since Saturday’s impeachment vote, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer again asserted former President Donald Trump was responsible for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
“Make no mistake about it. The person who incited this was Donald J. Trump,” Schumer said Monday.
“And I believe he deserved to be impeached and he should have been convicted,” Schumer added. “If you don’t believe me, you can ask Mitch McConnell.”
Schumer did not take questions about the failed impeachment effort or McConnell today, his first visit to Upstate New York since becoming the leader of the U.S. Senate.
On Saturday, McConnell and 42 other Republican senators voted against convicting Trump, ending the former president’s second impeachment trial in a second acquittal.
After the vote, McConnell once again said Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 riot.
“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day,” McConnell said, adding the president’s false statements about a stolen election created an atmosphere that led to the violence and destruction on Jan. 6.
But McConnell said he voted against conviction because he believes it’s unconstitutional to impeach a former president.
Today, Schumer said he was disappointed in the votes by those 43 Republicans. “I salute the seven Republican senators who convicted,” Schumer said. “This was the most despicable act that any president has ever done.”
The final vote was 57 to 43. It takes 67 votes to convict.
Schumer said he believed the majority of Americans believe Trump was guilty of inciting the riot and failing to stem the escalating violence. Schumer said the impeachment trial brought new details from the attack to light, and that will help diminish the fervor for additional protests and insurrections.
“What the president did was awful,” Schumer said. “I believe that Americans will see this kind of support fade over the next several months.”
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