After being acquitted by the Senate for the second time on Saturday, former President Donald Trump issued a statement hinting at his future political plans — and Democrats who were hoping the impeachment trial would be the last they’d hear from Trump likely aren’t happy about it.
In a message shared by C-SPAN, the former president promised that his “historic, patriotic, and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”
“In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” Trump added. “There has never been anything like it!”
“Bright, radiant, and limitless”
The former president issued his statement after a vote in the Senate failed to turn up the 67 votes needed to convict Trump on a single charge that he “incited” an “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. According to ABC News, the vote came up 57–43, with all Democrats and seven Senate Republicans voting against the former president.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R), Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R), Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse were among those in the GOP to stand against Trump in the Saturday vote.
But it doesn’t seem to have dampened the former president’s spirits to know that not everyone in his party was fully behind him. In his Saturday statement, Trump said the country will soon “emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”
“Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish,” Trump added.
“The greatest witch hunt”
Trump also harkened back in his statement to the previous impeachment effort against him, which also ended in acquittal just one year ago.
“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country,” Trump wrote of the latest proceedings. “No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.”
Trump wrapped up his message by thanking “the millions of decent, hardworking law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported” him throughout the trials and his presidency, before closing with a sentiment of unity and optimism — one that is much needed in what he called “these very difficult and challenging times.”
“We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come,” the former president said.
“May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America,” Trump concluded.