President Donald Trump will address the state in a Thursday speech following his acquittal on two articles of impeachment. The president, who on Wednesday was acquitted at a vote of 52-48 on Article 1, abuse of power, also at a 53-47 on Article II, obstruction of Congress, will choose the pulpit on ET Thursday, less than 24 hours following the Senate vote, he announced in a tweet.
Following aides who spoke to USA Today, Trump has”spoke with individuals for days about what he would say after acquittal,” and allegedly”spoke more excitedly about his impeachment speech than he did the State from this Union.”
Thursday’s speech won’t mark the first time Trump has responded to his acquittal. Only minutes after the final votes were tallied, the president chose to Twitter to celebrate, sharing with a 30-second-long video featuring a TIME magazine cover with the headline”The Way Trumpism Will Outlast Trump.” With campaign signs showing Trump running for president through 2048 and outside, the video ended with the words, “Trump 4EVA.”
The president has also responded to the acquittal by slamming Sen. Mitt Romney, that had been the sole person from the Senate to cross party lines when he voted to defraud Trump on Article I. Romney didn’t but voted to convict the president Article II.
At a minute-long video shared with the president Wednesday night, Romney is branded as”a Democrat secret advantage” who”attempted to overthrow Trump’s government as secretary of state” while still”posing as a Republican.”
Only after midnight, Trump repeatedly addressed Romney, calling him a”failed presidential candidate” who had he”committed the same power and anger to beat a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me personally he might have won the election. Read the Transcripts!”
Meanwhile, the White House, in a statement, accused that the impeachment trial of being”another witch-hunt” that was an effort to overturn the results of this 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.