Dem senator: Republicans are ‘deathly afraid’ of Trump and acquittal secures his spot as GOP leader

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said Sunday that Republicans were ‘deathly afraid’ to vote against Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial due to his prevailing influence over the GOP.

‘I know that Senate Republican caucus well,’ Murphy told CNN‘s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday morning.

‘The rest of them, I think, had effectively made the decision that Donald Trump is going to be in charge of their party for the next four years,’ he continued, referencing the 43 Republicans who voted to acquit the former president. ‘As they were deathly afraid of him for the last four years, they are going to continue to be afraid of him for the next four years.’

The Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday in Trump’s impeachment trial – earning a majority but failing to reach the two-thirds threshold needed to convict the former president for the article of ‘incitement of insurrection.’

Seven Republicans voted with the 50 Democrats to convict.

The day after his second impeachment acquittal, Trump was spotted hitting the links at his West Palm Beach golf club on Sunday. 

Murphy said no matter how long the debate prolonged, he doesn’t think any more than seven Republicans would have changed their mind and voted against Trump.

The day after his impeachment acquittal in the Senate, Donald Trump is seen hitting the links

The day after his impeachment acquittal in the Senate, Donald Trump is seen hitting the links

The day after his impeachment acquittal in the Senate, Donald Trump is seen hitting the links

Trump was seen golfing at his West Palm Beach club on Sunday

Trump was seen golfing at his West Palm Beach club on Sunday

Trump was seen golfing at his West Palm Beach club on Sunday

The former president was joined by a few, unidentified men for the morning outing

The former president was joined by a few, unidentified men for the morning outing

The former president was joined by a few, unidentified men for the morning outing

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said Republican lawmakers are afraid of Trump. 'As they were deathly afraid of him for the last four years, they are going to continue to be afraid of him for the next four years'

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said Republican lawmakers are afraid of Trump. 'As they were deathly afraid of him for the last four years, they are going to continue to be afraid of him for the next four years'

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said Republican lawmakers are afraid of Trump. ‘As they were deathly afraid of him for the last four years, they are going to continue to be afraid of him for the next four years’

Murphy told CNN on Sunday morning their acquittal of the former president on Saturday secures 'Donald Trump is going to be in charge of their party for the next four years'

Murphy told CNN on Sunday morning their acquittal of the former president on Saturday secures 'Donald Trump is going to be in charge of their party for the next four years'

Murphy told CNN on Sunday morning their acquittal of the former president on Saturday secures ‘Donald Trump is going to be in charge of their party for the next four years’

‘There were seven of them who were willing to stand up for the Constitution, but I don’t know that there were more than seven no matter what they did or how much longer the trial went,’ the Connecticut Democratic senator said.

While House impeachment managers successfully swayed the chamber to vote in favor of calling witnesses, the Democrats quickly backed off their request after it became apparent witness depositions could extend the trial for several more weeks.

Trump immediately released a statement after he was acquitted in his second impeachment trial, suggesting he was just getting started on his venture into politics.

‘Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,’ the 45th president said in a statement Saturday.

‘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,’ he continued. ‘There has never been anything like it!’

Trump added: ‘We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future. Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.’ 

On Saturday, the Senate voted 57-43 with seven Republicans crossing the line to vote Trump 'guilty' of incitement of insurrection. The chamber did not reach the two-thirds threshold needed for a successful conviction

On Saturday, the Senate voted 57-43 with seven Republicans crossing the line to vote Trump 'guilty' of incitement of insurrection. The chamber did not reach the two-thirds threshold needed for a successful conviction

On Saturday, the Senate voted 57-43 with seven Republicans crossing the line to vote Trump ‘guilty’ of incitement of insurrection. The chamber did not reach the two-thirds threshold needed for a successful conviction

Trump released a statement following his acquittal, claiming the movement 'has only just begun' and promised 'we have so much work ahead of us'

Trump released a statement following his acquittal, claiming the movement 'has only just begun' and promised 'we have so much work ahead of us'

Trump released a statement following his acquittal, claiming the movement ‘has only just begun’ and promised ‘we have so much work ahead of us’

This impeachment trial was the shortest in U.S. history – taking less than a week to warp as it commenced on Tuesday and concluded on Saturday.

It was also historic in the fact that Trump is the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice by the House.

Rumors are already swirling that Trump plans to run for president again in 2024 – something Democrats were trying to prevent with an impeachment conviction.There are also other speculations that his family members could see public office, like his daughter-in-law Lara Trump running for a Senate seat in her home state of North Carolina or his daughter Ivanka Trump running for office in Florida.

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