On the perils of convicting Donald Trump after he has already receded from power

North Capitol Street at sunrise on February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty)

A growing chorus of politicians from both parties and pundits from across the political spectrum are calling for President Trump to be convicted following his impeachment for encouraging riots that engulfed the U.S. Capitol in early January.

But a quick rush to an emotionally satisfying outcome, one that feels an awful lot like justice, and may even be just but might be unlikely to work out to the benefit of the country, is an ever-present temptation.

This is a recurring theme in American political history: we are at our most vulnerable immediately following catastrophic episodes like January 6. We don’t…


Overwhelming evidence supports the idea that former Vice President Joe Biden will win the 2020 Election. Polls from just days before the election have Biden with a commanding lead nationally and in key potential swing states. Left-leaning pundits have spent recent days discussing whether or not Biden could win a true landslide victory.

But for supporters of the former Vice President, there’s reason to temper that optimism, for reasons both circumstantial and historical.

For one, 2020 will be the most unusual and nontraditional election in the last 150 years of American history. Early voting numbers have shattered records in states…

Drew Holden

Commentary writer with bylines @ The New York Times, National Review Online, The Washington Post, The Federalist, The Daily Beast & more. Guy with the receipts.

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