Aides hope Trump will watch shows on TV most of the day. But without Twitter, campaign rallies, and a group of lawyers or Republicans willing to defend his actions, Trump will live through the historic shame in a gentle way.
This is a far cry from when he was first impeached, when aides organized a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, to coincide with the House vote.
At a rally held at the same time as the members impeached him, his press secretary appeared in the crowd and held up a placard with the total number of votes.
“We let every Republican vote!” Trump yelled when he saw the final account, and added: “It really doesn’t feel like we have been impeached.”
Although other Republicans opposed impeachment because they said it was “divisive,” they did not defend Trump because of the merits of Trump’s impeachment: inciting an uprising.
Social media blackout
Trump’s response to impeachment is also limited. Usually, aides will turn to Twitter for the president’s first reaction to the only president in history who has been impeached twice. Therefore, Republican congressmen will also worry that if they decide to break with Trump and vote for his impeachment, it may appear in Trump’s feed.
But Trump’s account has been permanently suspended-as the main weapon to ensure the loyalty of the Republican Party.
Trump has expressed opposition to his suspension and told reporters this week that freedom of speech has been attacked, but CNN has learned that one of his senior advisers has made new efforts to prevent him from appearing on fringe platforms. On the main platform instead of being banned.
Trump’s female son and senior adviser Jared Kushner (Jared Kushner) tried to restore the president’s presence on social media after other officials tried to remove the ban from multiple major platforms, which are usually A safe haven for extremists, such as Gabe.
These officials initially tried to use other Twitter accounts (including accounts managed by campaign officials) to tweet in Trump’s name.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The White House expressed its opposition to impeachment in a statement this week, and Trump criticized the lawsuit on Tuesday.
During his visit in Texas, he said: “This has caused great anger, division and pain, far beyond what most people can understand. This is very dangerous for the United States, especially in This is a very difficult time.” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere wrote in a statement: “Political impeachment against the president with 12 days left in office is only an impeachment against the president and will only further divide us. Great country.”
More isolated than ever
Trump’s second impeachment occurred at a time when he was more isolated than ever. Several of his cabinet secretaries-those who have not resigned in protest-avoided him, his relationship with the vice president is still broken, and some of his senior staff are planning to leave this week.
Several of these senior aides told CNN that they did not intend to postpone their withdrawal due to the president’s impeachment.
In the White House, Trump’s defense is almost invisible.
Two sources told CNN Trump that he was bringing Alan Dershowitz back after he defended Trump in the first impeachment proceeding. Trump told people that Dershowitz saved him in his defense in the Senate. Rudy Giuliani is expected to be involved, although no specific legal strategy has been developed as of Wednesday morning, even if Trump plans to impeach within a few hours.
Several prominent figures from Trump’s last impeachment-including Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr-refused to intervene. The White House lawyer Pat Cipollone is also not expected to play a role, and is considering resigning after the riots last week. Trump has been disdainful of Ciboron for months.
People familiar with the matter told CNN that since the US Capitol was attacked, Trump has discussed the issue of issuing an urgent pardon for himself and his children.
Although some aides have worked hard to organize events this week to discount Trump’s legacy (such as Middle East diplomacy and deregulation), he has shown a little interest.
His remarks touting the construction of a border wall in Texas lasted only 20 minutes on Tuesday, while his remarks attributed his condemnation of “anger” to impeachment and suspension of social media platforms. This remark made his speech more than Up his remarks.
In his schedule for this week, the only other event-Thursday’s Medal of Freedom Award Ceremony commemorating New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick-closed after Belichick said he would not attend.