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.