Several Republicans allowed that Trump was at fault but argued the impeachment was too rushed on principle; more painted the process as the act of left-wing Trump-haters desperate to “cancel” him in a fit of political corrrectness.
It’s a long shot. But Wednesday’s unique second impeachment vote already ensures that for as long as the American republic survives, Trump’s name will be accompanied by a historic stain.
‘Clueless what any of this means internationally or historically’
While the impeachment vote was going on, one senior Trump adviser told CNN’s Jim Acosta that the outgoing President had yet to grasp the magnitude of the damage being done to his standing in American history and the nation’s place on the world stage. The President is “clueless what any of this means internationally or historically,” the adviser said. But he does worry about the potential effect on his business and “long-term brand.”
Nice work, Mr. Putin.
Most of the disorienting events of the last few years can be blamed directly on Trump and his particular skill at tearing at the social, racial and political divides that are just below the nation’s surface. So the ex-KGB man in the Kremlin hardly deserves all the credit. But Russia, China and other autocratic nations are gaining much from Washington’s agony. They’re already using it to promote their own closed and totalitarian societies as models of comparative order and efficiency — and to beat back brave local voices calling for democracy and human rights.
“We are on the verge of reevaluating the standards that are being promoted by the United States of America, that is exporting its vision of democracy and political systems around the world. Those in our country who love to cite their example as leading will also have to reconsider their views.”
‘You have seen what rioting is in Washington’