2020 candidates condemn Senate for acquitting Trump, set sights on election

2020 candidates condemn Senate for acquitting Trump, set sights on election
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Candidates in this year’s presidential race denounced the Senate for acquitting President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE in the upper chamber’s impeachment vote Wednesday.

The impeachment trial came to a close this week after Senate Democrats were unable to garner enough votes to convict the president on two charges. The vote ended up falling mostly along partisan lines, with Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTwo Democrats roll out bill to protect inspectors general from politically motivated firing Senators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus MORE (R-Utah) breaking from the GOP to convict the president on the abuse of power charge. 

Some of the candidates took to Twitter to express their displeasure with the Senate’s decision.

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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license Senators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Minn.), who voted Trump guilty of both charges, said it was a “somber day for our country.”

“History will remember that the majority in this body did not seek out the evidence and instead decided that the President’s actions did not even require a second look,” she wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSteyer endorses Biden for president Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Mass.), who also voted to convict Trump, said the Republicans voted to “protect” the president, even though he "exploits our government for his personal gain.” But the senator turned her attention to the future.

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“Now more than ever, we must choose courage and hope over fear,” she posted. “Now is our moment to fight back. We have defeated corruption before, and we will do it again."

Tom SteyerTom SteyerSteyer endorses Biden for president Progressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns MORE, billionaire philanthropist, said Trump’s acquittal signals that the Republican senators will not “magically negotiate in good faith and ‘meet in the middle.’”

There is no "middle." There's right and wrong,” he said. “We all need to show up in 2020 if we're going to get the change we want.”

Meanwhile, Trump's GOP primary challenger Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries Trump sweeps through mini-Super Tuesday primaries Trump glides to victory in Super Tuesday GOP primaries MORE, former governor of Massachusetts, said the acquittal was “to no one’s surprise,” but commended Romney for voting to convict Trump, saying the Utah senator showed “the courage we should expect from our US Senators.” 

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats Sanders staffers will remain on campaign's health care plan through fall Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report MORE called the Senate trial a “charade” and the vote a “disgrace,” before encouraging people to focus on the 2020 election.

“We must do in November what all but one of the Senate Republicans didn't have the courage to do: vote to remove a lawless, reckless president and turn the page on this dark chapter in the life of our country,” he wrote.

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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats Sanders campaign adviser on what went right and what went wrong Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report MORE – who received the most number of delegates in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus Monday with 92 percent of the precincts reporting – also set his sights on the future election, saying the American people “will be the jury tomorrow.”

Updated: 9:45 p.m.