It’s a long shot. But Wednesday’s unique second impeachment vote already ensures that for as long as the American republic survives, Trump’s name will be accompanied by a historic stain.
‘Clueless what any of this means internationally or historically’
While the impeachment vote was going on, one senior Trump adviser told CNN’s Jim Acosta that the outgoing President had yet to grasp the magnitude of the damage being done to his standing in American history and the nation’s place on the world stage. The President is “clueless what any of this means internationally or historically,” the adviser said. But he does worry about the potential effect on his business and “long-term brand.”
Nice work, Mnr. Poetin.
According to a US intelligence community report, Russia’s chief goal in interfering in the
2016 election in support of Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton was to
“undermine public faith in the US democratic process.
” Four years on
, there have been two impeachments and an insurrection against the US legislature
. Millions believe Trump’s lies that he was illegally ejected from power
, and doubt Biden’s legitimacy
Conspiracy theorists have seats in Congress
. There are serious questions about whether one of the country’s great political parties is now anti-democratic
. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in a federal system that grants vast power to the states
. And America’s self-appointed role as an exceptional nation and beacon of democracy is in the gutter
Most of the disorienting events of the last few years can be blamed directly on Trump and his particular skill at tearing at the social, racial and political divides that are just below the nation’s surface. So the ex-KGB man in the Kremlin hardly deserves all the credit. But Russia, China and other autocratic nations are gaining much from Washington’s agony. They’re already using it to promote their own closed and totalitarian societies as models of comparative order and efficiency — and to beat back brave local voices calling for democracy and human rights.
In an effective declaration of victory for Russia’s espionage offensive against the US more than four years ago
, Vyacheslav Volodin
, the speaker of the lower house of the Russian Parliament
, slid home the knife
. “Following the events that unfolded after the presidential elections
, it is meaningless to refer to America as the example of democracy
,” hy het gesê.
“We are on the verge of reevaluating the standards that are being promoted by the United States of America, that is exporting its vision of democracy and political systems around the world. Those in our country who love to cite their example as leading will also have to reconsider their views.”
‘You have seen what rioting is in Washington’
On the eve of Uganda’s elections
, longtime President Yoweri Museveni told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he had every right to a sixth term
— and that protesters supporting rival candidate Bobi Wine were equivalent to the anti-democratic rioters seen in Washington last week