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Trump’s Acquittal

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There is a consensus that the Democrats made an extremely good case against Trump and his defense team was terrible. Fortunately for Trump, his defense team could have consisted of a possum hissing into the mic while his racoon colleague rummaged about in Ted Cruz’s beard and Rand Paul’s hair looking for bits of food. As expected, Trump was acquitted—only seven Republicans had the moral courage to defend the rule of law and American democracy. In response to once again not being held accountable for his wrongdoings, Trump released a statement that read, in part, as follows: It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.   Trump’s assertion that one party has been given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, cheer mobs and excuse rioters is true—but it is a description of his party. The Democrats made an overwhelming case for what is obvious: Trump is morally accountable for the attack on the capitol and he attempted to overturn the results of the election. When considering my fellow Americans, I endeavor to be charitable. For those who profess to believe that Trump won the election, that the election was stolen by widespread voter fraud, and that the attack on the capitol was either justified or done by Antifa (or somehow both), then the most charitable view is that they have been deceived by the wicked and suffer from grave epistemic defects that prevent them from forming true beliefs about these matters. The least charitable view is that they are. . .

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