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Illinois Reacts To Impeachment Verdict

 
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stand with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as Trump speaks while departing after a Senate Republican Policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. The GOP privately flirted with purging the norm-shattering former president after he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stand with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as Trump speaks while departing after a Senate Republican Policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. The GOP privately flirted with purging the norm-shattering former president after he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

Former President Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting the deadly Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021 in a second impeachment trial Saturday. In the end, seven Republicans joined the Democratic Senators in voting to convict the President, with the final vote tallying at 57 to 43. It was 10 votes short of the two thirds majority to convict the President. Listeners and congresspeople all around the state are speaking up about how they feel about it. The 21st spoke to a chief political reporter and a columnist from Illinois to hear more about the acquittal. 

Guests:

Rick Pearson, Chief Political Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Laura Washington, Columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and analyst at ABC-7 in Chicago.

 

 

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