"Mitt Romney had a chance to rewrite his own place in history. He seized it. “They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the President did was wrong, grievously wrong. We are all footnotes, at best, in the annals of history, but, in the most powerful nation on earth, the nation conceived in liberty and justice, that distinction is enough for any citizen,” he said. It infuriated Trump, whose son began demanding Romney’s expulsion from the Senate Republican Conference even before the senator had actually cast his vote. The trial was more fake than even the disinterested public could have anticipated—the first impeachment trial in the Senate’s history not to call a single witness. Its end is a relief. At least we will not have to hear any more bogus speeches about the Founding Fathers or pabulum about the sanctity of the process."