Nancy Pelosi Praises 7 GOP Senators Who Voted to Convict Trump, Calls Other Republicans 'Cowardly'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered praise for the seven Republican Party senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump at Saturday's impeachment vote, while labeling the remaining GOP lawmakers "cowardly."

Although the former president was acquitted by a 57-to-43 vote Saturday, Pelosi issued a statement lauding the efforts of the House impeachment managers and the GOP senators who joined them in holding Trump "accountable" for the January 6 attacks in Washington.

"Today an overwhelming bipartisan vote to convict Donald Trump speaks to the courage of the United States Senate," she said. "I salute the Republican Senators who voted their conscience and for our Country. Other Senate Republicans' refusal to hold Trump accountable for igniting a violent insurrection to cling to power will go down as one of the darkest days and most dishonorable acts in our nation's history."

"Our House Managers laid out a case of overwhelming and irrefutable evidence of this searing truth: that Donald Trump incited a violent mob to attack the Capitol and then refused to intervene to stop the attack, even as his mob threatened to 'hang Mike Pence,'" Pelosi said in the statement.

She added: "Donald Trump's incitement of insurrection against our Democracy put Senators, Members of Congress, staff and heroic law enforcement officers in mortal danger. It is the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a president and is clearly deserving of conviction. A President must be held accountable from their first day in office until their last day in office."

During remarks at the Capitol Saturday, Pelosi ridiculed the "cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job."

The top House Democrat dismissed suggestions by some Republicans and Democrats that Trump be censured, saying: "We censure people for using stationary for the wrong purpose. We don't censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol."

Pelosi also singled out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for appearing to speak out of both sides of his mouth regarding Trump. She blasted GOP lawmakers like McConnell for publicly offering criticism of the former president's actions, but refusing to take action when it came time to vote.

In critical remarks following the acquittal vote, McConnell, who was one of the 43 Republican senators who found Trump not guilty, said: "There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president. And having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth."

Newsweek reached out to Pelosi's office and the GOP headquarters in Washington for additional remarks Sunday morning.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said that Joe Biden's stimulus package will "absolutely" be passed before March 14. Chip Somodevilla/Getty