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Trump leaves a destructive presidential legacy

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President Donald Trump stands with no equal in U.S. history. Facing an impeachment trial on a charge of insurrection, Trump's legacy now includes being the only president to be charged twice with a high crime or misdemeanor. (Jan. 18)

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TRACEY BROWN: For more than four years, Donald Trump dominated the American national discourse like no one before him.

DONALD TRUMP: --preserve, protect, and defend--

JOHN ROBERTS: --the Constitution of the United States.

DONALD TRUMP: --the Constitution of the United States.

JOHN ROBERTS: So help me, God.

DONALD TRUMP: So help me, God.

TRACEY BROWN: And in the final days of his term, Trump stands again with no equal in US history, the only president to be charged twice with a high crime or misdemeanor.

MATT DALLEK: I think the historical judgments are going to be severe and quite ugly.

TRACEY BROWN: Trump's presidency defined by a deepening national divide, failures during the worst pandemic in a century, and his refusal to accept defeat at the ballot box.

BARBARA PERRY: He's the very essence of and always has been, certainly coming into politics, of a demagogue.

DONALD TRUMP: So we're going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we're going to the Capitol.

TRACEY BROWN: After his prodding, a riotous mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January the 6th and unleashed unprecedented scenes of mayhem as it tried to halt the peaceful transition of power. Five people died during or after the attack.

JOHN HUDAK: I think we're really in the darkest waning days of an American presidency in our nation's history. We have a president who is perfectly comfortable encouraging terroristic supporters of his to take up arms against their own government.

TRACEY BROWN: The president out of sight as impeachment proceedings quickly played out at the heavily fortified Capitol.

BARBARA PERRY: We need to hold people, particularly the President of the United States, accountable when he crosses the brightest red line possible, which is fomenting insurrection against the United States government.

TRACEY BROWN: Hours after the impeachment vote Trump, in a subdued video, condemned the insurrection.

DONALD TRUMP: There must be no violence, no lawbreaking, and no vandalism of any kind. Everyone--

TRACEY BROWN: White House officials and Republicans close to him say Trump worries about what a second impeachment could do to his political and financial future, as well as his legacy.

JOHN HUDAK: He won't be known for tax cuts. He won't be known for trade deals. He won't be known for peace accords in the Middle East. He will be known for terrorism and racism.

BARBARA PERRY: He is nothing, if not skilled and shrewd, at hogging the stage. He still holds sway over a third of Americans, and I don't see that going away.

TRACEY BROWN: If the Senate were to convict him, Trump could also be barred from seeking election again, dashing any hopes of another presidential campaign. Tracy Brown, Associated Press.