After the U.S. Senate failed to convict Donald J. Trump for inciting an insurrection, Trump issued a triumphant and frankly absurd statement, projecting his own behavior on the Democrats.

After his Senate acquittal, a defiant Trump called his second impeachment by the House “another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country” and hinted at a return to national politics.

“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it,” Trump said in a statement, which did not include a condemnation of the mob of his supporters that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to make America Great Again has only just begun,” Trump said. “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 our people.”
He provided no further elaboration about his plans.
Trump thanked his lawyers and lashed out at Democrats.

“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” he said in the statement.

The Republicans voted not to convict because Trump was no longer in office. Mitch MConnell refused to start the impeachment trial while Trump was still in office. McConnell spoke after the decision, admitting that Trump was indeed responsible for the riot.