Democrats are polishing off their post Donald Trump trial acquittal message for the masses….
President Donald Trump hasn’t been acquitted in the Senate trial yet, but Democratic leaders are already testing out their post-impeachment spin.
“He will not be acquitted,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared to reporters during her weekly press conference on Thursday.
“You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial. You don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and all of that,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) added. “Does the president know right from wrong? I don’t think so.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivered a similar refrain at his press conference across the Capitol on Thursday.
A trial “without the evidence, without witnesses and documents would render the president’s acquittal meaningless,” Schumer said as the Senate prepares to begin what could be its second-to-last day of proceedings.
The Senate’s vote to acquit Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, he argued, would have a “giant asterisk next to it, because the trial was so rigged in his favor.”
The argument — that Trump cannot be truly exonerated without a fair trial in the Senate — is clearly an attempt to undermine the White House’s victory lap after the president is acquitted, possibly as soon as Friday.
Schumer has been warning for weeks about the consequences of Republicans voting to acquit Trump through a “sham trial” without additional witnesses. But the closer the Senate gets to that possibility, the more Democrats have adopted that message and the sharper it gets….