Any Republican senator who didn't tell Trump to stop lying about the outcome of the election is complicit in Trump's behavior. — Linette Lopez, Business Insider Columnist
Any Republican senator who didn't tell Trump to stop lying about the outcome of the election is complicit in Trump's behavior. — Linette Lopez, Business Insider Columnist
Let's stop pretending we don't know why most GOP Senators didn't vote to convict Trump
  • GOP senators have a bunch of nonsense reasons for why they didn't convict Donald Trump of incitement.
  • They are all just an attempt to cover up the real reasons, which are much simpler and more obvious.
  • Many GOP Senators were complicit in Trump's crime. Plus, they want to use him to keep grifting.
Republican senators have concocted a litany of silly, irrelevant reasons for why they didn't vote to convict former President Donald Trump of fomenting an insurrection on January 6.

They said his impeachment was not constitutional (an argument even conservative lawyers shredded) or a violation of his First Amendment rights (also, no). They said Trump deserves a "mulligan" (which is just stupid, juvenile, and an affront to the rule of law). And they said convicting him is pointless (which ignores the fact that a conviction could have barred Trump from office).

Ultimately these are just words used to pass screen time on national TV or to fill copy in news articles. That's because these GOP senators refuse to say why they really did not convict Trump: they were complicit in his crime and they are profiting from it.

... When reporters asked Trump if he thought he was fomenting violence or unrest in his speech leading up to the Capitol attack, he said no — that his words were perfectly appropriate. Why should he think otherwise? Aside from the obvious fact that his malignant narcissism would never allow him to see it any other way, there's the reality that no one in his party had ever previously rebuked him for fomenting violence.

Any Republican senator who didn't tell Trump to stop lying about the outcome of the election is complicit in Trump's behavior.


With his lies about election fraud, Trump was ostensibly committing a crime against American democracy in full view of the entire world. Most of the Republican Party — and pretty much every Republican Senator save Utah's Mitt Romney and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski — at least acted as a lookout for this crime if they weren't driving the getaway car. In a normal court of law these people would never have been allowed to serve as jurors — you can't be impartial is you're a co-conspirator — but this is impeachment.

One cannot underestimate the importance of money in all of this. The Stop the Steal movement that lead to the deadly riot was planned and bolstered by individuals with a long history of right-wing grifts. Trump — now without a doubt America's most celebrated scammer — is going to raise money off of Big Lie grievance for as long as he can. Sens. Cruz and Hawley fundraised off this stolen election fable, and there is an entire cottage industry of small-time internet conspiracy theory scammers who are still raising money off of the idea that Trump must be avenged.

It is not in the best interest of any of these people that Americans wake up from the fever of Trump's lies. The last thing they need is for Trump's followers to have a revelation like Jacob Chansley (aka Q Shaman), who said in a statement last week that he was wrong for participating in the riots.

"I am deeply disappointed in former President Trump," Chansley's statement said. "He was not honorable. He let a lot of peaceful people down. I have to leave judging him up to other people." If Trump's supporters suddenly, belatedly realize he is not honorable, than none of his grifter friends are either. And that's a money problem for all involved.

... To rebuke Trump and bar him from future office would be to make these once rootless individuals rootless once again. At worst, they could violently turn against the GOP for betraying them, just like the Capitol rioters seemed angrier at Mike Pence than they were at any Democrat. At best, they will feel disappointed and duped by the politicians they supported. Either way, the GOP wouldn't have been able to pump them for money anymore with the promise of another Trump run or his active embrace of the party. The grift would've been over.

And if there's anything we know about today's GOP, it's that it will do anything to keep a grift going — even if it means selling out the rule of law, the Constitution, and their own personal safety in the process.
Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-senators-wont-vote-to-convict-trump-because-theyre-complicit-2021-2