Editorial: Will Trump face consequences for insurrection?

Staff Editorial

Although former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate over the weekend in his second impeachment trial, it does not mean that he is in the clear.

This impeachment trial was about Trump’s comments and actions surrounding the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and whether or not Trump incited the mob of rioters.

The impeachment was one obstacle Trump will face after leaving office, and members of the Senate, even some who voted to acquit him, seem to want Trump to face consequences.

“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “He didn’t get away with anything yet.”

This is curious coming from McConnell, who voted to acquit Trump during the impeachment, but this outlook is shared by many and does not bode well for Trump.

Some of the people that remained loyal to Trump over his four years in office seem to be turning on him more now that he is gone.

It is odd that they waited until he was out of office to do this, but even though their stances are delayed, they may have impact.

There are still several avenues where Trump may face consequences for some of his actions, with the events of Jan. 6 being included.

Trump is also facing legal trouble in New York and Georgia and could still be sued by victims of the violence during the insurrection.

We at The Daily Eastern News hope that Trump faces any appropriate consequences going forward. No one should be powerful enough to evade consequences.