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.'”
Asked about Sen. Susan Collins saying he’d learned a lesson, Trump told the anchors he did not agree. He had done nothing wrong. “It was a perfect call.” https://t.co/CNJmi46w7A
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 5, 2020
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:
@SenatorCollins there’s your answer. No remorse, likely will do it again. You have severely failed your constitutional duty to protect this country.
— SassyMainer? (@lilpixy) February 5, 2020
Oh it’s starting already, @SenatorCollins @lisamurkowski @SenAlexander You said what he did was wrong, You said he learned from being Impeached, You said he won’t do it again. Problem is he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. Problem is he hasn’t learned anything.
— Democracy wins (@BershodM) February 5, 2020
— Malinois Lover (@JuicyNewsonNazs) February 5, 2020
@SenSusanCollins What do you think now Susan? Your whole reason for voting to acquit is that you think he learned his lesson. He is telling you that he didn’t.
— Liz (@lizzykate77) February 5, 2020
Susan Collins is such a genetic mistake.
Covers her ass from start to finish
The maker of the perfect phone call learned a lesson??
He began the Ukraine gambit
the day after Bob Mueller testified
— Justin Weiner (@jmw512) February 5, 2020
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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