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Eluding the jaws of truth twice was a miracle, but a litany of pending lawsuits means three times is all but impossible

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For a few moments there on Saturday morning, it appeared as if the House impeachment managers were actually going to turn Trump’s second go-round into something resembling an actual trial.

Trump’s presidency showed us America’s worst. America’s best is just as depressing.

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Like most Black people, I’ve spent my entire life waiting for America to reveal its worst self to us. For as bad as, say, Reagan or Bush(es) or mass incarceration or drone strikes or overthrown governments were to us, it always felt like this country was preparing us for a floor to the despair. Donald Trump’s presidency felt like that floor: the moment when America fully embraced White supremacy without any pretense, without any attempt to act like this country is run on anything but anti-Blackness. Trump’s presidency wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation.

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will vacate his post as president of the United States. And in the wake of his departure, he leaves not only a national mess to be cleaned up by the incoming administration but also his own unresolved controversy—namely, the fallout from the insurrection attempt at the Capitol that he incited earlier this month. Trump has been impeached for a second time, and LEVEL columnist Michael Arceneaux doesn’t want to see his fellow politicians or the (in)justice system go easy on him.

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

‘Lying’ to ‘inciting insurrection against the U.S. government’ is a hell of a spread

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3. Bill Clinton

Once upon a time, in a 1998 New Yorker essay, Toni Morrison famously dubbed Clinton the first Black president — a statement that has long been misinterpreted as affectionate. In actuality, she was referring to the way the saxophone-playing prez was scrutinized and disgraced for his sexuality. A Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted to impeach Slick Willie for obstruction of justice and lying under oath, due to his denial that he had an adulterous sexual relationship with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky. …

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