The news from America that Republicans voted almost overwhelmingly to acquit Donald Trump, although expected, is frightening for us all. It’s sending the message that it’s ok to use your power as a president to try to rig an election. This is the sort of news I’d expect to come out of Mexica or Kenya or Uganda … not the United States of America. If we don’t have fairness in our democratic process and if we give leaders the green light to use their power to rig an election just so they can stay in office then we lose our democracy. They have set a frightening precedent for the future that cannot be undone.
You might say well, perhaps he’s not guilty. But that’s not the case. The Republicans who voted to acquit Donald Trump accept that he did what he’s been charged with but they say, he learned a “pretty big lesson” and therefore won’t do it again. For someone to learn a lesson they need to accept they’ve done wrong and show remorse but Donald Trump has done neither of these things. He still denies any wrongdoing. The only lesson he’s learnt is he can break the law and get away with it.