"This political weaponization of impeachment struck at the heart of the institution of the presidency, put it at risk, and may have put it at risk in the future," David Schoen announced Thursday. "But I think what you're going to see now is a backlash," maintaining that Trump has gained momentum from the win.
"Let's face it. Let's look at who he is. They knew who he was when they elected him and he wasn't one of them," Schoen explained. "But look at what he did in office. He's the first so-called politician who kept his word," said Schoen, leading to Trump making other members of NATO pay their share and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
"They're going to empower him because everyone saw that the attack was unfair in this impeachment process," he announced.
On the other side, Schoen has regarded himself as a victim of the "cancel culture," having a proposal to teach a civil rights law class revoked after he took the job of defending Trump.
"I thought it was a sad commentary, quite frankly," he announced, "but I also wouldn't want students to be uncomfortable. What's changed is the concept of liberalism. You know, liberalism used to favor the marketplace of ideas. They would want to hear all sides of the story. Everyone has something to bring to the table. Not anymore.''
Trump had remarked to thousands gathered at The Ellipse and said to “fight like hell” and to protest “peacefully and patriotically” in support of his allegations that he won the presidential election. The masses that marched to the Capitol clashed with police outside and inside, ransacked the offices and desks of members of the House and Senate, and sent the vice president and members of both chambers into hiding. Ratification of the Electoral College vote approving Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States was suspended. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the riot. Two officers later committed suicide. Trump was impeached Jan. 13 by the House by a vote of 232-197.
The five-day trial ended on Feb. 13 with the expected result: Acquittal, as a majority — though not the two-thirds required by the Constitution — voted to convict Trump. The vote was 57 to convict and 43 to acquit, “so in this political theater, that was good enough and at the end of the day, this was the most important factor,” Schoen said.