Daily US Times, Washington: US President Donald Trump celebrates his victory lap by bashing his political rivals a day after the Senate acquitted him from charges.
He showed Washington Post headline ‘Trump acquited’, the newspaper is one of his critics.
“I’ve done things wrong in my life, I will admit… but this is what the end result is”, Trump said.
At the White House surrounded by aids, the president said ”We went through hell, unfairly. We did nothing wrong. “It was evil, it was corrupt.”
”It’s called total acquittal”, Mr. Trump said from the East Room, which was crammed with supporters and cabinet officials.
The President was impeached by the House for two charges. One is abusing his power and other is obstructing the Congress. But he ultimately released from both of the charges in the Senate.
Trump’s Republican Party holds the majority in the Senate. Senators voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.
Last December, Democrats charged president Trump for pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival.
Trump will be the first president in history who goes for reelection being impeached in the House.
Senate’s historic vote on Wednesday decided not to remove America’s 45th president from office. That’s how an overwhelming and divided impeachment proceeding comes to an end.
If Trump is convicted on either of charge, he had to hand over the office to Vice President Mike Pence.
The House approved the two articles of impeachment on December 18. The chamber is lead by the Democrats.
As Trump celebrates his victory lap, he used a swear word to describe the justice department inquiry into whether his 2016 election campaign had colluded with the Kremlin.
“It was all bullshit,” the President said. “This should never happen to another president ever.”
How the president celebrated?
Trump has been always denied any wrongdoings. After acquitted by the Senate, his reelection campaign issued a statement saying “President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people.
Trump said it was neither speech nor news conference; it was “nothing”, it was a “celebration”.
In a span of 62 minutes, the ‘celebration’ was wildly between self-congratulation, via self-justification, to self-pity with a smattering of bilious expletives and insults to describe his political opponents en route.
It was both a lap of honor and an emotional rollercoaster for Trump, and he played out in front of his Republican flock, the nation, and the world.
How did the Democrats react?
The result was predictable for all parties. The vote result published, Democrats expressed concern that acquittal would further embolden a president whom they depict as a demagogue.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Trump as “an ongoing threat to American democracy” and that Senate Republicans had “normalized lawlessness”.
Chuck Schumer, Senate Democratic leader said there will always be “a giant asterisk next to the president’s acquittal”.
The New York senator said, “No doubt, the president will boast he received total exoneration.