Even after Donald Trump incited a deadly domestic terrorist attack against the U.S. Capitol building last week, and it became clear that the House would have to impeach him again, it seemed impossible that Trump could actually be convicted in the Senate. What a difference a week makes.
As the full extent and horror of the attack has become more clear, and outrage has grown, we’ve seen Trump lose everything from his banks to his Twitter account. We’ve even seen ten House Republicans vote to impeach him. But are there really 67 votes in the Senate to convict?
House Majority Whip James Clyburn appeared on CNN on Wednesday night and said there’s now a “good chance” the Senate will convict Donald Trump. It’s worth noting that Clyburn’s job as Whip is to get a headcount of votes before a vote takes place. He’s in the House not the Senate, but still, Clyburn is one who would know which way people are leaning.
Mitch McConnell is still trying to stick to his vow to delay Trump’s impeachment trial until after Trump is gone. We’ll see if ongoing pressure forces him to back down from this. But we’re now looking at the very real possibility that once the trial does take place, Trump will be convicted. Even if he’s out of office by then, this would prevent him from being able to run in 2024 – or to even fundraise off pretending he’s going to run in 2024.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report