The nonsensical and dissembling reasoning offered by Republican Senators for acquitting Donald Trump, following an impeachment trial where no additional witnesses or documents were summoned or subpoenaed, is rooted in the fact that they are are, frankly, scared witless. Their party is now a cult, one that supports and answers to Trump alone. To remove him from office (a fate that in my opinion he richly deserves) would effectively spell the end of the party as a national force.

The unquestioning devotion that allowed him to escape conviction on House charges now informs his administration’s latest outrage — interference in a criminal trial to benefit one of his cronies and political fixers. Don’t expect the supine GOP to say or do a thing about it.