Why did the GOP Senators voted to acquit Trump? Here is a cheat sheet:

Over the weekend we posted the statements of most of the U.S. senators (all Republicans) who voted to acquit Donald Trump on Saturday. You can read that post here. It is a long post, so we created a cheat sheet:

Marsha Blackburn (TN): The trial was unconstitutional, but it was also a “despicable” effort to take down Trump

Roy Blunt (MO): The trial was unconstitutional.

John Boozman (MT): Trump bears “some responsibility” for the attack on the Capitol, but the trial was unconstitutional.

Mike Braun (IN): The trial was unconstitutional

Shelley Moore Capito (WV): The trial was unconstitutional and Congress should not be focused on impeachment right now. Trump lost the election and Trump was responsible. History will “judge him harshly.”

John Cornyn (TX): The trial was unconstitutional

Tom Cotton (AR): Still no statement

Kevin Cramer (ND): Trump did not incite the insurrectionists and did not commit a “high crime and misdemeanor.” The House managers did not make their case.

Mike Crapo (ID): The trial was unconstitutional

Ted Cruz (TX): Trump did not incite the insurrectionists and the entire trial was a waste of time.

Steve Daines (MT): The trial was unconstitutional.

Joni Ernst (IA): The trial was unconstitutional.

Lindsey Graham (SC): Trump did not cite the insurrectionists and the entire trial was driven by partisan hatred of the former president.

Chuck Grassley (IA): The trial was unconstitutional. Trump “did not behave well” and should have accepted the election results. But the Democrats also don’t behave well.

John Hawley (MO: No statement yet.

John Hoeven (ND): The trial was unconstitutional. Trump “encouraged” the “protest” on January 6, 2021.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS): The trial was unconstitutional. The House managers failed to prove Trump incited the insurrection.

Jim Inhofe (OK): The trial was unconstitutional.

Ron Johnson (WI): The impeachment was trial was “divisive” and “vindictive” and it should have never taken place.

John Kennedy (LA): “The merits of the Democrats case was not even close.” The trial was unconstitutional.

James Lankford (OK): The trial was unconstitutional.

Mike Lee (UT): The House managers did not prove that Trump incited the insurrection. The trial was unconstitutional.

Cynthia Lummis (WY): The trial was unconstitutional.

Roger Marshall (KS): The trial was unconstitutional.

Mitch McConnell (KY): The trial was unconstitutional, but Trump was guilty.

Jerry Moran (KS): The president was “wrong” for not discouraging the insurrectionists, but the trial was unconstitutional.

Rand Paul (KY): The trial was unconstitutional.

Rob Portmann (OH): Trump incited the insurrectionists, but the trial was unconstitutional.

James Risch (ID): The trial was unconstitutional.

Mike Rounds (SD): The trial was unconstitutional.

Marco Rubio (FL): The trial was unconstitutional and was meant to “tar and feather” Trump supporters.

Rick Scott (FL): The trial was unconstitutional and a waste of time.

Tim Scott (SC): Trump was not guilty of inciting the insurrection

Richard Shelby (AL): The trial was unconstitutional.

Dan Sullivan (AK): Trump exercised “poor judgement” on January 6, 2021, but the trial was unconstitutional.

John Thune (SD):Trump’s behavior was “inexcusable,” but the trial was unconstitutional.

Thom Tillis (NC): The trial was unconstitutional and the House managers failed to make their case that Trump incited the riot.

Tommy Tuberville (AL): The trial was unconstitutional.

Robert Wicker (MS): The trial was unconsitutional.

Todd Young (IN): The trial was unconstitutional.

In the end, most of the Senators voted to acquit because they believed that the Constitution does not allow a former president to stand trial for impeachment.

A few Senators who believed the trial was unconstitutional also condemned Trump’s rhetoric. Mitch McConnell went the furthest on this front.

Some Senators did not believe the House managers made their case.

And then there were senators Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, and Marco Rubio. They essentially agreed with Trump’s claim that this was a witch hunt. Three of these senators–Cruz, Graham, and Rubio–had some very harsh things to say about Trump when they ran for president against him in 2016.