The U.S. House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” BBC.com reports. The move comes one week after an army of Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol building, resulting in five deaths and multiple arrests. This makes Trump the first president in history to be impeached twice.
But this doesn’t mean Trump will be removed from office…yet. The Senate also has to convict him; if that happens, it could stop him from ever running from public office again.
So when will the Senate meet? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says not until at least January 19, which could stretch any hearing well past President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. That’s a complication but not a deal-breaker; the Senate can still hold an impeachment hearing about Trump after his term ends, and if there’s a conviction, bar him from holding public office.
The Twitter reactions to Trump’s impeachment are, unsurprisingly, off the charts. Of course, Trump himself won’t be able to read them because his Twitter account has been permanently suspended. (The social platform has the same thinking as the House, writing that it blocked Trump for good to prevent “the risk of further incitement of violence.”)
“first home alone 2 actor to be impeached twice i’m guessing,” writer Hunter Harris tweeted, referring to Trump’s cameo in the film.
“Donald Trump just made history as the only U.S. president to be impeached twice,” Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote. “For the sake of our democracy, let’s make history again by making him the first president to be convicted by the Senate.”
One person accurately (and hilariously) pointed out, “Trump got impeached AGAIN and he can’t even log into Twitter to rant about it. He’s MAD mad.”
Peep some more reactions, below:
As one person pointed out, maybe “2021 shaping up to be a great year, after all.”