Former President Trump declared victory on Saturday after Senate Republicans voted to acquit him for a second time, saying that his political movement “has only just begun” and that he would have more to share in the near future.
“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead, I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” he said in the statement.
In the statement, Trump gave his “deepest thanks” to the Republicans in the Senate who he said “stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.”
Trump’s influence hangs over his party, even as a number of Republicans say they would love to move on from him.
The seven Republicans who voted to convict him sent the signal it is time to move on in as loud a way as possible.
But the vast majority of Republicans did not, for a range of reasons that includes Trump’s power within the party.