After the impeachment of President Clinton ended in February 1999 with an acquittal, he appeared before the cameras to make an act of contrition: “I want to say again to the American People how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events, and the great burden these have imposed on the Congress and on the American People.” He finished by calling for a period of reconciliation and renewal in the country.

This is in stark contrast to the remarks President Trump has made in the wake of his acquittal by the Senate. “I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through a phony, rotten deal by some very evil and sick people.”

At the National Prayer Breakfast, he took a hard swipe at House Speaker Pelosi, “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump stated. “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt, and we can’t let that go on. And I’ll be discussing that a little bit later at the White House.”

At a White House presser later that day, the President spared none of his political rivals, scorching Speaker Pelosi, Adan Schiff, and Jerry Nadler, James Comey and Mitt Romney.

This is not the contrite act of a beaten man and brings to mind that metaphoric quote by Emerson, “When you strike at a King, you must kill him.”

Trump exits the acquittal by the Senate more popular than when he went in. If the Democrats were hoping that impeachment would knock a few points off his support to help them in 2020, that didn’t happen. What may happen is a repeat of what occurred following the Clinton impeachment. In an off-year election where the opposition party historically gains seats, the Republicans lost five in the House and failed to gain any in the Senate. That signaled the displeasure of the American public with the Clinton impeachment. Democrats may discover that their impeachment gambit will cost them seats in the November elections.

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