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Prepare for an even more unhinged Trump after the impeachment trial

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On Wednesday, Alan Dershowitz basically argued that President Trump was a king. By Thursday, Senate Republicans were indicating they would happily pick up the crown and place it on Trump's head.

We've long known the acquittal of President Trump was all but certain, but how we got there mattered. The arguments from House impeachment managers and Trump's lawyers mattered. Whether the trial was fair mattered. In the end, what the American people were given was more akin to a coverup than a trial. Senate Republicans have now acknowledged that President Trump is guilty of what he's accused of and they just won't do anything about it.

The two days of the Senate trial's Q&A session can be summed up in three sentences: President Trump's lawyers made an authoritarian argument that he's above the law. The House impeachment managers argued he's not. Senate Republicans sided with Trump and put a rubber stamp on authoritarianism. As House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) put it, what we saw in Trump's defense over the course of this trial was "a descent into constitutional madness."

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The crux of Dershowitz's argument was that even if President Trump was looking........

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