By evidence of Friday’s vote, Senate Republicans have essentially anointed Donald Trump their king. Though in theory they might acknowledge a president’s request for a foreign power to interfere on his behalf in a U.S. election as an abuse of his powers, Republicans refused to put their leader to the test. Instead, they blocked passage of a vote to allow documents and witnesses to appear in what was to be a trial on charges against the president.
The short-term damage in giving Mr. Trump a pass is negligible. After three years, Americans are de-sensitized to his theatrics.
The long-term damage, however, is acute. Allowing a president to flagrantly defile the U.S. Constitution sets a low bar for future administrations.