Shortly after she announced Tuesday that she would be voting to acquit President Donald Trump when the Senate impeachment trial concludes later today, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) noted that she believed Trump had learned from the Ukraine scandal which led to his impeachment, telling CBS:

“I believe that the president has learned from this case. The president has been impeached. That’s a pretty big lesson. I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future.”

And yet, the president himself dismissed what Collins had said, according to the Washington Post:

“When he was asked about Sen. Susan Collins … saying he had learned a lesson during impeachment, the president said he’d done nothing wrong: ‘It was a perfect call.'”

Since Collins and the majority of her fellow Republican Senate colleagues are on the verge of letting Trump off without not even a slap on the wrist, what exactly is going to restrain the president from again trying to cheat his way to a second term in office? He’s seen that there are no consequences for his actions, so it’s fair to assume that he will only get more brazen and reckless in the months to come.

Reaction on Twitter to what Trump said about learning a lesson and Collins believing him was immediate:

Clearly, the only “lesson” that Donald Trump has learned is that he can get away with murder and face no consequences.

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