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Opinion: Trump’s conviction would finally complete the transfer of power

Opinion: Trump’s conviction would finally complete the transfer of power

Ben Hatt describes why the Senate impeachment trial served as an opportunity to extinguish any attempt to delegitimize the Biden presidency.

“It is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it.”

These were words George Washington delivered in his farewell address after he chose not to seek reelection in 1796.

A thriving democracy requires us to recommit to its principles continuously, and a core feature of that commitment is the peaceful transfer of power between leaders.

The above excerpt was originally published in The American Independent. Click here to view the full article.

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Ben Hatt

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