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The nightmarish end to Donald Trump’s presidency

The scenes of ransacking the Congress will go down in infamy in American democracy

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The nightmarish end to Donald Trump’s presidency

Supporters of US President Donald Trump climb on walls at the US Capitol during a protest against the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress. (Image: Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

Edward Luce Ninety minutes before rioters stormed Capitol Hill, US president Donald Trump addressed many of the same people using unequivocally inciteful language. “You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Mr Trump said. “You have to show strength.” His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, also called on the crowd to conduct “trial by combat”. A mob made up of “Make America Great Again” protesters, Proud Boys and other far-right groups took them at their word. What followed was desecration. Four years after...

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