46th Second Time

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Yesterday, the 46th US President Trump became the third and the first US President impeached Twice in the American history. The US House of Congress voted 232 to 197 to impeach president a second time, on charge of ‘incitement of insurrection’. Despite peoples’ political difference and polarized political environment, it was a sad day for the country.

Screenshot: The Washington Post

Geoffrey C. Ward, one of the nation’s most venerable historians (source: The New York Times)

I wish I could give you a wise analogy, but I honestly don’t think anything quite like this has happened before. If you’d told me that a president of the United States would have encouraged a delusional mob to march on our Capitol howling for blood, I would have said you were deluded.

In the New York Times, reporter Peter Baker writes:

Historians have struggled to define this moment. They compare it with other periods of enormous challenge like the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil War, the McCarthy era and Watergate. They recall the caning of Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate and the operation to sneak Abraham Lincoln into Washington for his inauguration for fear of an attack

Susan Dunn, a historian at Williams College and biographer of President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the Times:

On the eve of the 1940 election, F.D.R. said that democracy is more than just a word — ‘It is a living thing — a human thing — compounded of brains and muscles and heart and soul. after the events of the last days and years, “we know that democracies are fragile, and the brains and soul of our democracy are at grave risk.”

A GOP strategist Alex Conant in the Hill:

“This is what Donald Trump will be remembered for. Whatever else he may have done over the last four years, he leaves office as the first president to be impeached twice.”

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