The world reacts to Trump’s acquittal: ‘The U.S. remains in a precarious situation.’

February 14, 2021 ☼ trumpimpeachment

Source: The New York Times - Link

Commentators from around the world were quick to react to the news of former President Donald J. Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial, with many saying it had shaken their faith in an already weakened American democracy.

Though the acquittal was expected, it highlighted for many that Mr. Trump’s influence over the Republican Party would endure and signaled that American politics would remain deeply divided.

“Donald Trump’s acquittal confirms the profound division of the Republican Party,” read a headline on Sunday in Le Monde, a French daily newspaper.

An editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald of Australia called the outcome a “demoralizing blow to the ideals of democracy, justice and accountability” that “will stand for generations as an appalling instance of Republican Party cowardice.”

The world’s reaction is not pretty. Our reputation as a guiding light for democracy takes another hit. Even when out of office, Trump continues to shred our moral authority.