Presidents not accountable in last month | Letters

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The U.S. Senate’s failure to convict Donald Trump of insurrection is no bright light for our democracy, which had been a shining example for the world.

Republicans leaders such as U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik seem to have a new rule. The president only has to follow the U.S. Constitution in the first 47 months of his term; actions in the last month can be overlooked.

These actions by Trump were “practically and morally responsible” (Mitch McConnell’s words) for what happened on Jan. 6, but he cannot be convicted because it happened in his last month in office. Trump’s repeated lies over many months led to inflaming a mob, which led to chants of assassinating congressional officials and Trump’s very loyal…

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