Politics Monday: How Will The Public - And History - Judge Trump's Second Impeachment Acquittal?
The historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump reached its conclusion Saturday with yet another Trump acquittal.
The U.S. Senate – and America – spent the past week reliving the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection that targeted the very legislators who sat in judgment of Trump.
Acquittal was always seen as a foregone conclusion, but historians say focusing on the outcome misses the larger point of the proceedings.
"We're not going to remember Trump for being impeached for inciting a riot and sedition," said presidential historian Jeffrey Engel. "We're going to remember Donald Trump for inciting a riot and sedition."
Jeffrey Engel, Southern Methodist University, founding director of the Center for Presidential History; co-author of “Impeachment: An American History” (@jeffreyaengel)