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Analysis: The case for Mitch McConnell to vote to convict Donald Trump

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the House will impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. It is known. The only real drama will be to see how many House Republicans cross the aisle to vote with Democrats to impeach the President.

And it's in the Senate where Republicans will be faced with a very clear choice: Will they vote to convict Trump or, as they did in 2019, acquit him?

What better way than to say that the Republican-controlled Senate convicted and removed Trump from office -- a sort of mea culpa for the Electoral College objection votes cast earlier this month?

Yes, as you can tell from the points above, McConnell (and the Republican-led Senate) voting at some point soon to remove Trump from office would be a largely symbolic gesture.

What McConnell and the Republican Party need is a clear (and, yes, symbolic) break from the last four years of Trump.

But what a vote to convict Trump led by McConnell could do is send a signal to both the public and the Republican Party that Trump is not who the GOP is -- not now and certainly not going forward.

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