Yesterday marked the start of the U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial against Donald Trump. This is the first time in history that the Senate has put a former president on trial and there still exist certain debates about whether or not this is constitutional.
Democrats are eager to make the case that Trump somehow bears responsibility for the insurrection at the Capitol last month. In the article of impeachment against the former president, Democrats and a few Republicans in the House assert that Trump incited the mob that attacked Capitol Hill.
On Tuesday, both the impeachment team and Trump’s attorneys made their opening remarks. With that said, a fresh report from Breitbart News confirms that most Americans believe Trump will ultimately be acquitted by the U.S. Senate.
The Overall Consensus of the Impeachment Trial
Per Rasmussen Reports, 64% of Americans are skeptical that the ongoing trial is going to have the outcome of a conviction. Only 11% of Americans believe Trump is likely to be convicted, whereas 5% are uncertain altogether.
Only 15% of voters say they’ll watch the entire Senate impeachment trial on TV, and 21% expect to watch most of it. Thirty percent (30%) say they’ll watch some of Trump’s trial, but 32% won’t watch any of it… https://t.co/cc2ez8fWcA pic.twitter.com/i73ZwHjpt9
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) February 10, 2021
72% of Republicans and 53% of Democrats stated in the survey that the 45th president will likely face acquittal. Americans also remain largely split on whether or not they will view all, some, or none of the impeachment trial.
In a survey last month, most Americans stated that the impeachment trial against Trump would only serve to further divide the country.
The Reality of Votes in the Senate
At this time, the Democrat Party holds 50 seats in the U.S. Senate. Republicans also hold 50 seats. Now, in order to convict Trump, the Senate will need to have 67 votes in support of a conviction.
Of the 50 GOP senators, 44 to 45 have already expressed opposition regarding impeachment, stating that it’s not constitutional. At the bare minimum, a conviction of Trump would mandate votes from 17 of the 50 Republicans in the Senate.
The Senate should work together to defeat coronavirus.
The Senate should work together to rebuild our economy.
The Senate should NOT spend countless hours on another impeachment trial.
We can't afford to waste time.
And it will only divide us further. pic.twitter.com/EIR91ABB7q
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) February 9, 2021
The numbers simply aren’t there and most Americans are able to recognize this. However, this isn’t stopping the Democrats from continuing ahead with the trial. Many Republicans have accused the Democrats of wasting time and devoting time and energy towards a trial that would be better spent on policy matters.
The second day of the Trump impeachment trial will commence this afternoon.
What do you think of the latest findings from Rasmussen Reports? Do you believe that the Senate will vote to acquit or convict former President Trump? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.