In remarks he made to reporters on Thursday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, said that President Donald Trump, the de facto leader of the GOP, shouldn’t be the commander-in-chief any longer.
The statement from Scott came a day after Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial alleging he had abused his powers as president and obstructed evidence from Congress.
Scott said that the Senate should have allowed witness testimony. Had they done so, more senators from the Republican Party may have reconsidered their votes, TIME reported him saying.
“If they’d taken more testimony, maybe they’d have had more information and maybe other senators would have acted appropriately,” Scott said.
Scott wouldn’t outright say how he would have voted were he a senator, but he did state that Trump doesn’t deserve to remain in the White House.
“I believe that the president abused his powers,” Scott said.
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He admitted he was never a supporter of Trump’s in the first place. “It’s hard, in some respects for me, because I’m not a supporter. I didn’t vote for the president, and I don’t believe that he should be in office.”
Scott also praised Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, also a Republican, who joined with Democrats to vote to indict Trump on the charge of abuse of power. Scott said it showed “a lot about his character and integrity.”
As noted by HillReporter.com on Wednesday, Romney’s decision to indict Trump made it so the vote was a bipartisan one, while the vote to acquit him was strictly partisan.
Romney, in explaining his decision, said Trump’s actions were “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values.”
Trump responded to Romney’s actions by going on the attack, belittling the former Republican presidential candidate for failing to defeat former President Barack Obama in the 2012 race for the White House.
“Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election,” Trump wrote.