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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 TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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 RomneyBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Paul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism 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: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation 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 WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year 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 SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls 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) WeldRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads Biden picks up endorsements from nearly 100 Republicans 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 BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' 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 Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly 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.