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Donald Trump was acquitted yesterday. Here’s what our readers have to say.

Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads "Trump acquitted" as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI  |  AP]
President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads "Trump acquitted" as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI | AP]
Published Feb. 6
Updated Feb. 6

Romney’s solo act of courage

Acquitted | Feb. 6

In this image from video, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. [AP]

With his speech on the Senate floor and his vote to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power, Sen. Mitt Romney elevated himself into the history books as a profile in courage. In breaking away from the cult-like grip of the Republican Party, he will pay a big price in the short term, with harsh vindictiveness from the president and his party minions. But as the only Senate Republican to follow his oath to uphold the Constitution by serving as an impartial juror in the impeachment trial, he is an honorable man of faith and conscience. We need more like him.

Doug Robison, St. Petersburg

Acquitted isn’t exonerated

Impeached by the House, President Donald Trump was neither vindicated nor exonerated by the Senate, as he claims. He was acquitted. Just a reminder: O.J. Simpson was also acquitted.

Scott Moore, Safety Harbor

I may have to vote for Trump

I am not a Trump fan but may be forced to vote for him. The Democrats have run a partisan and inept impeachment; it’s Thursday, and they still haven’t produced a final tally for the Iowa caucuses; and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed disrespect at the State of the Union. This is all compounded by the Democratic presidential candidates proposing larger spending without explaining how to pay for it. I may very well hold my nose and vote for Donald Trump. There needs to be a new party that represents conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans. Until such time, Trump may get my vote.

Kim McCall, Tampa

Give respect to get respect

It never seems to matter, to those who expect President Donald Trump to be respected, to see if he respects others. He has labeled opponents with uncomplimentary names — “Lazy Joe” Biden, “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, one of the House impeachment managers, “Fat Jerry.” Once some of the “best people” leave his administration, he even calls them names. If you want respect, give it.

David Lubin, Tampa

A legacy not worthy of award

State of the Union

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. [LEAH MILLIS | AP]

During the State of the Union address, President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who perpetuated the birther conspiracy and played “Barack, the Magic Negro” on his show. Trump did this during Black History month. This was an intentional nod to his base, and it is shameful.

Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg

Loving it, not leaving it

Disrespecting the president | Letter, Feb. 6

If I don’t like what I’m seeing here in my own country, I intend to take action to bring about change. I’ll vote, I’ll write, I’ll talk, I’ll support candidates with whom I agree. Those are actions guaranteed to me by the Constitution. I get angry when I’m told that if I don’t march in lockstep with those of differing opinions, I don’t belong here. Where should I go? My great-grandparents came here for the economic and political opportunities still sought by many immigrants. I will continue to work legally toward what I believe in. And if I disagree with you, I’m staying right here in America to do it. It’s my right and my duty as an active citizen.

Joan Smith, Hudson


  1. Florida has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. [Courtesy of Clearwater Police]
  2. Our democracy is under unprecedented attack from overseas, but the federal government has been unable or unwilling to protect our campaign-finance system.
  3. Cars sit locked in evening rush hour traffic on Dale Mabry near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Commission will discuss Wednesday whether to prepare a transportation tax for the November ballot now that the fate of the current tax rests with the Florida Supreme Court. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times] 
  4. In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, to announce a public awareness campaign designed to prevent disaster-related domestic violence, in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO, Carr, had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)
  5. Paula Dockery of Lakeland served in the Florida Legislature for 16 years.
  6. The United States' life expectancy has gone down four out of the last five years largely because of deaths in the 25-64 age range.
  7. Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump
  8. In this image from video, the vote total, 53-47 for not guilty, on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, is displayed on screen during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate.
  9. Nurse manager Amy Hunt holds the special stethoscope that allows nurses at Tampa General Hospital to record a heartbeat while they listen to it during a routine exam.
  10. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. Workers are preparing to mail 260,000 vote by mail kits for the November General Election.