Trump impeachment trial: Is the US beyond the point of repair?

Nick Bryant, BBC:

This sorry saga has offered yet more proof that, far from being an aberration, the Trump era is a culmination.

Constantly it is remarked upon how Trump has departed from the norms of presidential behaviour, but one of the main effects of these past three years has been to destroy the shared sense of what those norms should be. As the impeachment trial underscored, Washington cannot even agree on what constitutes right and wrong.

On Tuesday night, we witnessed American polarisation play out in real time. During the impeachment trial it often seemed that the very idea – and ideals – of America was on the stand.

A broken politics, a broken democracy, a broken country.

Is the United States beyond the point of repair?

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