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Pesce writes: "The Trump administration is getting medieval in the impeachment trial, according to a CBS News report."

Republican senators Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John Barrasso, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. John Thune, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty)
Republican senators Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John Barrasso, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. John Thune, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty)


Report: Republican Senators Told Their Heads 'Will Be on a Pike' If They Vote Against Trump

By Nicole Lyn Pesce, MarketWatch

24 January 20


The alleged threat during the impeachment trial stoked strong reactions on Twitter

he Trump administration is getting medieval in the impeachment trial, according to a CBS News report. 

“Vote against the President and your head will be on a pike.”

As House Democrats continued to present their opening arguments in the impeachment trial accusing President Trump of abusing his power on Thursday, a Trump confidant told CBS News that Republican senators were warned about voting against the commander-in-chief. 

The White House did not immediately respond to a MarketWatch request for comment. 

That warning went viral, with #HeadOnAPike trending on Twitter TWTR, -2.63%  on Friday morning. Some critics argued that this amounts to witness tampering, or compared them to “mob tactics” or something that “Game of Throne’s” fictional King Joffrey would say.

Others expressed dismay at the country’s devolving political discourse

But Trump supporters questioned the credibility of an unnamed source. “An anonymous CBS reporter, is allegedly reporting that a ‘POTUS confidant’ has anonymously warned GOP Senators who have not been named or confirmed, that an alleged warning has been received from an anonymous source,” mused one under the Twitter handle UTChargerTom.

The president is widely expected to be acquitted in the Senate trial, as Republicans hold 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Read MarketWatch’s impeachment coverage here

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