The vote is in. 57 Senators voted to convict Trump. 43 voted to acquit. In the topsy turvy world of Senate impeachment trials, that means that Trump was acquitted.
As I said earlier this week, I still think getting banned from twitter was the best thing that ever happened to Trump as far as this impeachment was concerned. If he had been on twitter, he would have been tweeting conspiracy theories, taunting the Republicans with the prospect of a 2024 run, and basically being the same self-destructive bully that he was for most of his presidency. It would have potentially pushed a few more Republicans, especially those up for reelection in 2022 and fearing a repeat of what happened in Georgia, over to voting to convict.
The Democratic house managers also blew it. For all the positive media attention they received, the house managers often seemed more concerned with playing to their base and the case for incitement (as opposed to dereliction of duty) was nearly impossible to actually prove. There may be certain Democrats who could possibly make a convincing, nonpartisan case. Eric Swalwell isn’t one of them.
For now, Trump has been acquitted, Trump 2024 has begun, and no one’s learned anything.