Donald Trump was found innocent of the two charges brought against him by the House of Representatives, abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

In a vote that began last Wednesday, the Upper House decided to acquit President Donald Trump of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice, as a result of the alleged pressure he had put on Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden, former vice president and leading Democratic Party presidential candidate, for alleged corruption linked to his involvement in the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

No president has been removed from office by the Senate. His allies chanted: “Four more years!” The president made no reference to impeachment, nor did he have to. The atmosphere in the House that prosecuted him was tense. Pelosi tore up her copy of the presidential speech when Trump finished speaking.

This political victory for Trump was only overshadowed by the defection of a prominent Republican: Mitt Romney, the former candidate defeated by Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. It was a setback for Trump who boasts of having unified the “Great Old Party” behind him.

In the vote for the first office, the head of state received the support of all his Republican colleagues, with the exception of Mitt Romney, who voted for his guilt and left the result in 52 votes to 48.

The congressman from Utah, however, acquitted the president in the second charge of obstruction of justice, so the vote ended in 53 to 47.

The White House said the president had received “full vindication and exoneration” in his impeachment. After the Senate’s acquittal, “the president is pleased to put this latest chapter in Democrats’ shameful past behavior,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

The Republican Party has become in the last decade a force that is united around a particular cultural identity, predominantly white, Christian, older, rural and non-urban. Criticism of its leaders is seen as an attack on this broader culture itself. The Republican Party’s reach has become increasingly narrow, and its members have become increasingly defensive in protecting what remains of it.

The impeachment against Trump ended up becoming a political miscalculation by the Democrats who, betting on eroding the figure of Donald Trump, found that the process would lead to his reinforcement. The wear and tear of impeachment in a Republican-majority Senate, with little chance of the president being removed, will add to the energies that Democratic senators will have to devote to the detriment of the election campaign. The pre-election juncture ended up having a positive effect on Trump, turning the process upside down as a “victim of a corrupt establishment”.

In this sense, it would reinforce the imaginary already outlined during the previous campaign, when Hillary Clinton’s image was associated with that of a Democratic Party that defended the system and immobility in the face of the great problems and changes that American society required to return to being that thriving power that it once was.

Only an outsider Democratic candidate from his own party, like Bernie Sanders, could mitigate that image of the Democrats splashed with corruption or linked to the Deep State that wants to put an end to Trump and, therefore, to the hopes of change of a considerable sector of the American citizenry, which even looks towards socialism.

The acquittal closed a nearly five-month process, which began in the House of Representatives of Democratic President Nancy Pelosi and ended in the Senate of Republican Mitch McConnell, reflecting the nation’s relentless partisan division three years into Trump’s term.

 

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