Future presidents will remember Trump’s impunity

The Constitution is broken.

As expected, the Senate on Saturday failed to deliver the required 67 votes necessary to convict former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The 43 votes against conviction came entirely from Senate Republicans. (There were a few honorable exceptions.) The result was no shock — the verdict had been obvious for weeks — but it was still dispiriting. A terrible crime was committed. We know who did it and how. But there will be no penalty. Trump, who has spent a lifetime successfully evading the consequences of his actions, got away with it.


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