Trump's acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’ – partisanship overriding principles

The impeachment trial shows American democracy is in bad shape. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Senate’s decision to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial may have been a victory for Trump, but it is a clear sign that democracy in the U.S. is in poor health. As a constitutional scholar, I believe the United States – the world’s first constitutional democracy – is in a state of what I call “constitutional rot.” In a constitutional democracy, the majority’s authority to govern is limited by the rule of law and by a set of legal rules and principles set out in the…

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