The effort to impeach Donald Trump is built on flimsy arguments, asserts Alan Dershowitz in The Hill. First and foremost, his right to free speech is being violated. Accusations based on a speech he gave in Washington DC seek to blame him for the actions of others. The argument goes that the First Amendment doesn't apply to a president who "attacks our democracy." Joseph McCarthy made this same argument against American communists in the 1950s and was rightly rebuffed, as even they deserve freedom of speech. So does Donald Trump. The impeachment is an attempt to bar him from politics and prevent voters from choosing him again democratically.
The Senate has a duty to convict Donald Trump, writes Michael McGough in the LA Times. Him encouraging his supporters to "fight like hell" and "stop the steal" displayed clear insurrectionist and violent intentions that must be punished. His defense's arguments that these words are protected by the First Amendment hold no water. His inflammatory words caused immense political damage and violence, which warrants impeachment. This was part of a larger effort to overturn the election, which included urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to change its results. Trump must be held accountable for his attack on America's democracy.