The Republican Party has been stomping over all civilized norms since the Nixon years, progressively gerrymandering more districts, flouting more and more conventions, and getting away with pure illegality. Trump is merely a symptom of this malaise and it was always obvious the Republicans would acquit him because if Trump were to be held accountable, they would be too. The fact is, the USA is over. 74 million citizens have sold themselves to fascism without even realizing it, just as good ordinary decent Germans did in the 1930s. The Democrats, perpetually clueless, still don't understand what's really happened - which is why the next Republican president in 2024 will also be the last US president to be elected and the first to become de facto Emperor. But don't worry, we'll still pretend its a "democracy" so everyone who votes the (far)right way will be content.