Despite the riveting video footage that moved senators from both sides of the aisle, many GOP senators are simply not moved enough to convict former President Trump.
Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, would only say Trump bears “some responsibility” for what happened on Jan. 6.
Pressed on whether Trump bears primary responsibility, Rubio said the “primary responsibility are the people that actually did it,” adding, “That's not the question before us — the vote we're having is whether we should remove someone from office someone who's no longer in office.”
Many other GOP senators are echoing Rubio's comments. Sen. Mike Rounds, from South Dakota, said the impeachment managers put on a polished presentation that was “selectively” edited.
Rounds added that while the presentation was impressive, it did nothing to answer the central barrier for the Republicans.
“In this particular case, they did not show us anything that we did not already know. We were all concerned about the events of June of Jan. 6. This just rekindled, a lot of the anger that we all felt on that day. But it still goes back to, if they're expecting us to do an impeachment, they have yet to overcome the obstacle, which is at least 44 of us truly do not believe that we have impeachment available as a tool to use.”
He predicted that there will still not be enough votes to convict the former President.