The newspaperâ€™s board noted how both Republicans and Democrats had wondered whether the trial â€œwas worth the effort.â€ But Democratsâ€™ presentation of how the violence unfurled â€” via videos of the pro-Trump mob overrunning and ransacking the Capitol â€” â€œhas crystallized in graphic and compelling detail the horrorâ€ of Jan. 6 and Trumpâ€™s â€œdeep responsibility for it,â€ the board said.
The board acknowledged how most Senate Republicans â€œappear determined to acquit Mr.Â Trump, based on a flawed constitutional argument that former officials cannot be impeached.â€
â€œSenators will bring disgrace upon their chamber if they fail to hold the former president accountable,â€ the editorial warned. â€No reasonable listener this week could fail to find him culpable for the Capitol assault.â€
The board then suggested how Republicans should be held to account if they fail to convict Trump.
â€œDemocrats should challenge Republicansâ€™ constitutional dodge by introducing a censure resolution spelling out Mr. Trumpâ€™s responsibility for inciting an insurrection,â€ it wrote. â€œEach senator should be obliged to go on the record to condemn or condone a presidentâ€™s unprecedented assault on U.S. democracy.â€Â