This is how ancient Rome’s republic died – a classicist sees troubling parallels at Trump’s impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate has made its judgment in the impeachment trialof President Donald Trump, acquitting the president. Fifty two of 53 senators in the Republican majority voted to acquit the president on the abuse of power charge and all 53 Republican senators voted to acquit on the obstruction of Congress charge.All 47 Democrats voted to convict the president on both charges. Senator Mitt Romney of Utahwas the only Republican voting to convict for abuse of power.The Republican senators’ speedy exoneration of Trump marks perhaps the most dramatic step in their capitulation to the president over th…

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