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Trump & Clinton's radically different acquittal responses

An apology… and a claim of victory. The stark contrast between Trump and Clinton's post-acquittal statements.

History on repeat

Trump is the first president who will run in a general election after an impeachment and acquittal — Andrew Johnson ran for the Democratic nomination after his impeachment and acquittal in 1868, but didn’t win, and Bill Clinton could not run after his impeachment and acquittal because of term limits.

Democrats felt forced to push for impeachment after Trump’s actions towards Ukraine became public

The latest impeachment process ended up with party-line votes, a result House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted to avoid. But there is little sign that voters have turned on Democrats. According to FiveThirtyEight, Democrats lead on the congressional generic ballot, about half of Americans support removing Trump from office and Trump remains fairly unpopular. A clear sign that the post-impeachment Trump is emboldened like never before as he barrels ahead in his reelection fight with a united Republican Party behind him. And it stood in glaring contrast to the apology offered by Bill Clinton in the aftermath of his own impeachment acquittal in 1999. Clinton said then in a White House address: “I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and on the American people.”

President Trump and his allies have been on a victory lap since the Senate acquittal

Triumphantly waving a newspaper front page — “ACQUITTED” — denounced his political foes, declared the impeachment proceedings a “disgrace” and portrayed himself as a victim rather than a president accused of serious corruption. That echoed broadsides hours earlier that stunned the crowd at an annual prayer breakfast. Trump had avoided talk of impeachment in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, holding his tongue until the Senate had cast its official acquittal vote. By the next day, he was already moving to use impeachment as a 2020 rallying cry.

Brut.

02/06/2020 11:42 PMupdated: 02/06/2020 11:42 PM
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  • Jason J.
    05/08/2020 22:43

    One was guilty one wasn't. What's the problem

  • Olufemi S.
    05/08/2020 19:29

    Between a repentant soul and arrogant spirit!

  • Deborah M.
    05/03/2020 13:13

    Where has he been ??

  • Edward T.
    04/24/2020 22:23

    Trump is a brute. Strongest backbone of any president in history. Clinton lies to Congress and should’ve been removed. No one cares that he got a BJ but be man enough to admit it.

  • Stan K.
    04/16/2020 18:47

    Bill is a man Trump is a child That's the difference

  • Dragan G.
    03/30/2020 14:36

    Good

  • Pieter B.
    03/29/2020 13:58

    Trump did nothing with Monica so what should he apologize for?😂

  • Neftali S.
    03/16/2020 21:30

    Only CONFEDERATE SENATORS AND JUDGES WILL GIVE THE FORREST DUMB FROM THE WHITE HOUSE A FREE RIDE , BUT WHO CAN BLAME THEM , WHEN THEY REPRODUCE THEMSELF .SUCH IS LIFE.

  • Pam P.
    03/16/2020 19:16

    Drumpf you’re still impeached 🤣 Clinton was acquitted too, but he also as well as you still will be impeached in the history books🤣

  • Tee D.
    03/15/2020 08:17

    It was quid pro quo Joe Biden who blackmailed the Presidentof Ukraine & he admitted to it on camera hahaha

  • Jeff B.
    03/12/2020 23:32

    Never heard of the Trump body count..... enough said

  • John G.
    03/12/2020 22:41

    Trump should be impeached he is a racist pig and a liar

  • Jeff B.
    03/12/2020 22:10

    Not that alarming. Clinton was guilty and should of been removed, Trump was framed or fabricated evidence was used which was proven false. Clinton did some good things for America, but a very poor excuse for a man.

  • Vicente L.
    03/12/2020 17:36

    Mi no

  • Super I.
    03/12/2020 16:40

    Money talks! Justice is only for some

  • Clint B.
    03/12/2020 15:26

    Trump 2020

  • Lori A.
    03/12/2020 15:09

    YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WRONG SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE. HATCHED

  • Ingrid C.
    03/12/2020 14:49

    Trump=Tool

  • Jacob B.
    03/12/2020 13:13

    The difference between these two Trump speaks his mind and has his own voice and thoughts... President Clinton had handlers and people that would write and say everything for him

  • Jeff C.
    03/12/2020 11:47

    Differences between guilty and innocent