President Trump was acquitted of both impeachment articles on Wednesday when only 48 senators voted to remove him from office, far from the 67 senators needed to support his removal.
Since two-thirds of the chamber did not back the impeachment votes, Chief Justice John Roberts announced Trump was thereby acquitted of the charges.
But Trump should not be innocent—even after the Senate trial and Roberts’ declaration—according to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
In a tweet, O’Donnell argued that the number of people each senator represents ought to be taken into account.
“The 48 Senators who found Trump GUILTY represent 18 million MORE people than the 52 who voted not guilty,” he said in the tweet, completely ignoring the U.S. Constitution’s rules on impeachment.
The 48 Senators who found Trump GUILTY represent 18 million MORE people than the 52 who voted not guilty.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) February 5, 2020
The MSNBC host quickly received support from former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Reich, who tweeted: “True. Do the math. And weep for our democracy.”
True. Do the math.
And weep for our democracy. https://t.co/NQEgkBiQtm
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 6, 2020
The rationale doesn’t stick and several people online were quick to point that out to O’Donnell via Twitchy:
How is this counting AL, AZ, CO, ME, MT, OH, PA, UT and WI, where the two senators voted differently? https://t.co/PqNaOe3Woq
— R.J. Lehmann (@raylehmann) February 5, 2020
And you’re point is….what, exactly. Because that’s now how this works. That’s not how any of this works. https://t.co/MXI75RXn3r
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) February 5, 2020
Trump was impeached according to popular vote count. 🤦♂️
Ed Schultz would never have said anything so incredibly stupid. https://t.co/ejHNleYGvB
— Chelsea Belle (@verycosmic) February 6, 2020
Thank god our founding fathers were smarter then you, Lawrence. https://t.co/GqI5J87SSZ
— Bill Charles (@billcharles27) February 6, 2020
Beyond the fact that we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy, the reason this tweet is stupid is that it assumes every person represented by a senator supports that Senator's position, which obviously isn't true. There are more Republicans in California than Texas. https://t.co/gQVJU5sqYH
— Michael Tupper (@mtupper17) February 6, 2020
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