Acquitted again by Senate, Trump still a powerful force in Republican politics

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is still Donald Trump’s Republican Party – at least for now. The vote by 43 of the 50 Republican senators to acquit Trump on the charge of inciting last month’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, with only seven voting for conviction, highlights just how powerful a grip he has on the party he remade in his image over the past five years. The former president, who has largely stayed out of sight at his Florida home since leaving the White House on Jan. 20, commands fervent loyalty among his supporters, forcing most Republican politicians to pledge thei…

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