The Senate finally held the vote to decide whether to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump Friday evening.
It was a vote that was expected to break in Trump's favor with just two Republicans saying they wanted to hear witnesses. An astounding 75 percent of Americans said that they wanted to hear what the witnesses had to say in the impeachment trial, but Republicans were willing to take the bullet for the president.
It is expected that former national security adviser John Bolton was willing and eager to testify to the Senate and that his testimony would confirm the House's case against the president. Republicans stood in a near-unified blockade to prevent any further evidence to come forward.
It was a move that prompted frustration and outright furious comments on Twitter through most of Friday, with hashtags like #RIPGOP, #RIPAmerica, #ImpeachmentTrialSham, and #GOPCowards.
At least one person predicted that this would be a "gift" for Democrats in the 2020 election, particularly senate races.
Dear Republican Senators, Thank you for the gift you just gave the democrats. You will pay for your actions. Love,… https://t.co/Tik6hpCvZ8— Nick Demos (@Nick Demos)1580510855.0
See the comments below:
Remember every single Republican today. Every single one that voted against calling A SINGLE WITNESS in a trial. Al… https://t.co/G3gzIAtwMM— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali)1580510241.0
We can’t have fact witnesses in the Senate trial because...um....then we’d have to call .... Counsel to the President?— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1580510189.0
The GOP is a rotting corpse. It has no integrity whatsoever. #GOPCowards #GOPCorruption #GOPTraitors— Kevin Gwin (@Kevin Gwin)1580510672.0
This is one of the most disgraceful days in American history. #ImpeachmentTrialSham #ImpeachmentHearing #GOPCowards… https://t.co/o4HYurLDyT— Dr. Party (@Dr. Party)1580510674.0
Look at all those 51 #GOPCowards! May you all burn in whatever phony hell you believe in!— Laura Hawk (@Laura Hawk)1580510673.0
@GOPSenate Fucking traitors!!!! #GOPCowards #GOPCoverup— trench47 (@trench47)1580510675.0
Welp, 51 Republicans voted for a cover-up.— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1580510624.0
I have never been more disappointed in the leaders of our country. They have now set a precedent for any type of w… https://t.co/MW904nC920— The_Charming_Avenger⚜️ (@The_Charming_Avenger⚜️)1580510677.0
God damn the @SenateGOP to hell. Now and forever...ALL of them. Same with #JohnBolton God damn them all.… https://t.co/E9lNlsVrXF— U.S. Blues 🌊🌊🌊 (@U.S. Blues 🌊🌊🌊)1580510677.0
The vote on #witnesses underway. This is going to be recorded as a dark day in our Constitutional history. #ImpeachmentTrial— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley)1580510303.0
Well that is sad. https://t.co/KvGSawm3JR— Joe Hagan (@Joe Hagan)1580510723.0
Fuck all the politicians who say they are "for the people". Those who voted against witnesses to testify need to be voted out. #GOPCowards— Jorge (@Jorge)1580510671.0
The #GOPCowards have used this #ImpeachmentTrialSham to destroy the rule of law, deny @realDonaldTrump a fair trial… https://t.co/tWg11xYmgE— Edan Clay 🇺🇸 (@Edan Clay 🇺🇸)1580510887.0
#GOPCowards No Witnesses. No Documents. Why? GOP is afraid of the truth. Worst day in the senate in several generat… https://t.co/TLw4YXYnjJ— Randy Weiss ☼ Elect OSSOFF & WARNOCK (@Randy Weiss ☼ Elect OSSOFF & WARNOCK)1580510889.0
It’s official! The Republicans have opted to bury their heads in the sand rather than hear from first hand witnesse… https://t.co/XZMVVbiJ6L— Champ Chats (@Champ Chats)1580510905.0
Sham— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1580511010.0
Hey @SenateGOP I hope you realize there are millions of Americans who feel you are jeopardizing their lives or the… https://t.co/D947juvh5B— Drew (@Drew)1580510710.0
Live feed from D.C. #GOPCowards https://t.co/lvXvxtMMzW— Tricia Grayson, APR ⚜️ (@Tricia Grayson, APR ⚜️)1580510734.0
We must do everything in our power to vote the Republicans who voted to block witnesses, ignoring 75% of the Americ… https://t.co/p4dmbJ6r2g— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzLogsted)1580510741.0
Cowards and traitors just gave donnie a pass on his crimes. America must stop them now at the ballot box. ALL OF TH… https://t.co/4zWfFru6m7— Tammie Camp (@Tammie Camp)1580510761.0
Pure #GOPhypocrites By the #GOPCowards https://t.co/tn1dZdjSXh— WillPwr4u (@WillPwr4u)1580510792.0
Disgusting @lisamurkowski, @SenAlexander you will go down as the 2 senators that completely just crapped all over o… https://t.co/8T4ZY2XnHp— Skyleigh😷GO VOTE GA! DAY 312@🏠 (@Skyleigh😷GO VOTE GA! DAY 312@🏠)1580510813.0
The cover up is complete. This is your legacy, Republicans. #GOPCowards— Aly (@Aly)1580510834.0
If another country held this sham the people would take to the streets and America would intervene but than again i… https://t.co/r1ZtWaR8g4— Jimmy😷 (@Jimmy😷)1580510842.0