Aug 16Liked by David A. Bell

A really interesting question David. The results of such public trials are preordained. The National Assembly was not going to spare the king and the US Senate would not convict Trump. Then what? How should societies handle despots -- particularly someone like Trump who is planning a comeback and who has already declared his intention to dedicate his 2nd term to revenge. Should we just hope he doesn't get elected? Hasn't the experience of modern democracies showed us repeatedly that crooks, demagogues, and racists can get elected and then destroy democracy? The legal system is the last defense -- the only thing that can spare us from the fate of Russia, Turkey, Hungary etc.

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