Donald Trump has called his Senate acquittal a victory for the country, but that view is certainly not shared by everyone.
The US President was charged with two counts of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – but was cleared by the Senate earlier on Thursday (NZ time).
Taking to Twitter after the historic vote, Trump said he would be addressing the nation tomorrow “to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020
Trump also tweeted a video showing him appear to run for president until the end of time.
The graphic – set on a mock Time magazine cover – begins with a campaign poster saying “Trump 2024”. It then shows campaign posters for the following election years, from 2028 up to 2048. Finally, the moving image zooms into Trump standing behind one of the campaign posters, with the number getting higher and higher until it reaches the climactic message “Trump 4EVA”.
Time magazine immediately responded to the graphic.
“This is a manipulated version of the Oct 22, 2018, animated cover of TIME. Here’s the real one,” the magazine tweeted
The original shows the same Trump campaign posters from 2024 until 2044, but then the moving image reverses course to show of the magazine’s cover, with the headline “How Trumpism outlasts Trump”.
Only one Republican cast a vote in favour of impeaching Trump, with Mitt Romney siding with Democrats on the issue of abuse of power.