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Trump earned this impeachment

History was made Wednesday when the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for a second time. That had never happened before.

We had urged that the House impeach for the single article of “Incitement of Insurrection.”

The president did indeed incite insurrection by lying, for the two months since the election, that it had been stolen from him, alleging fraud where none existed. It is a dangerous thing to tell the American people that an election was rigged.

The president violated his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution by refusing to accept the ruling of the federal courts and disregarding the certification of the vote by the 50 states.

He abused his authority by trying to strongarm election officials in Georgia to “find” enough votes to reverse the certified results and make him the winner, going as far as to suggest criminal charges could be possible if the officials did not cooperate.

And, of course, Trump encouraged his supporters to come to Washington on the day Congress was officially recognizing the electoral college vote, continuing his false claims about a stolen election. Then he provoked them to action, telling the mob “to fight like hell,” “show strength” and “take back our country.”

What followed was the attack on the U.S. Capitol. And as it raged, the president took no steps to stop it or to call off his followers. Instead, he continued to lobby lawmakers, who were locked away to protect them from the attackers, again askeing them to block the certification of Joe Biden as the winner.

Trump earned this second impeachment, and it was encouraging to see 10 Republicans set aside politics and recognize that. He should next be convicted in the Senate.

While Congress acted as it should, Wednesday was another sad day in a sad time. The area around the U.S. Capitol is under guard by hundreds of National Guard troops. Threats to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Biden continue.

Meanwhile the next Senate, rather than getting a new start under slim Democratic control, will be occupied by the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the ghost of his failed presidential term still haunting Washington.

But a conviction would prevent Trump from ever seeking public office again. And some Senate Republicans are recognizing that is the only way to free the party of his malevolent spirit.

 

The Day editorial board meets regularly with political, business and community leaders and convenes weekly to formulate editorial viewpoints. It is composed of President and Publisher Tim Dwyer, Editorial Page Editor Paul Choiniere, Managing Editor Izaskun E. Larrañeta, staff writer Julia Bergman and retired deputy managing editor Lisa McGinley. However, only the publisher and editorial page editor are responsible for developing the editorial opinions. The board operates independently from the Day newsroom.

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