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Senate Republicans are warning that they no longer view President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden on Trump acquittal: 'Substance of the charge is not in dispute' North Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump Toomey on Trump vote: 'His betrayal of the Constitution' required conviction MORE as the leader of the party, amid growing signs that they are ready to turn the page after a chaotic four years.
Though only seven of the 50 GOP senators voted to find Trump “guilty” at the end of his second impeachment trial, Republicans, including those who voted to acquit, are plotting a future where Trump is no longer their center of gravity after years of dominating their day-to-day lives.
Trump is showing no signs of going away, saying in a statement after the trial concluded that “MAGA” was just getting started. But Republicans say he’s got a diminished following and competition for the party’s top spot.
“He's made it pretty difficult to gain support. As you can tell there's some support that will never go away, but I think that is a shrinking population and probably shrinks a little bit after this week,” said Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenate acquits Trump in 57-43 vote Senate strikes deal, bypassing calling impeachment witnesses Senators, impeachment teams scramble to cut deal on witnesses MORE (R-N.D.), who has aligned himself closely with Trump since being elected in 2018.
Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunGOP senators praise impeachment managers but say Trump will be acquitted Senate panel advances Biden's education and labor secretary picks LIVE COVERAGE: Democrats focus on Trump remarks before attack on Capitol MORE (R-Ind.), asked about the chance that Trump would go on a victory lap, floated that Trump should carefully consider next steps.
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