Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed a single article of impeachment against then-President Donald Trump, making him the only president ever to be impeached twice.
Though Trump departed from office on Wednesday, the Senate is still going ahead with a trial on the matter — and now, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is coming clean about why.
“After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again,” Schumer said Tuesday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Let me be clear,” the long-time New York Democrat continued. “There will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Schumer went on to promise that in the event a conviction is reached, “there will [then] be a vote on barring [Trump] from running again.”
“Once he leaves office, do we really expect him to change his tune and accept the truth?” the senator asked rhetorically, according to the Examiner. “Of course not.”
Schumer added of Trump: “He will continue spreading lies about the election and stoking the grievances of his most radical supporters, using the prospect of a presidential run to poison the public arena at a time when we must get so much done.”
“They were provoked”
While Sen. Schumer has been vocal about accusing the now-former president of having fomented the riot that took place on Capitol Hill earlier this month, he wasn’t the only one to do so.
Similar claims have been made by even several Republicans, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who was condemned by her state GOP for voting to impeach Trump earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has complained that the rioters were “fed lies.”
“They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell charged, according to the Examiner. “And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”
Although McConnell has been harshly critical of former President Trump, he has not yet formally indicated how he will vote in the upcoming trial, according to reports.