In their presentation of the ironclad case against Donald Trump, Democrats are offering Republicans that rarest of things in this time of wanton condemnation and belligerent tribalism: a chance at redemption. By cataloging Trump’s sins against democracy and the stability of the nation, enabled and cheered on by most Republican senators and nearly all of the hooting maniacs in the Republican caucus in the House, yes, Democratic House managers have demonstrated that the Republican Party has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Trump Corporation.
But they are not doing it merely to attack the craven lackeys of the disgraced former president. They are doing it to say, “This is what you’ve become. This is the man you have given the last shards of your wrecked integrity to.” And then Democrats are giving Republicans this chance to untether themselves from Trump and his shrinking hordes of idiots. They are trying to save the debased souls of Republicans. It’s a kindness, a mitzvah, as House manager Jamie Raskin eloquently placed the decision in terms of larger morality.