The Boston Globe’s editorial board argued that former President Donald Trump should be criminally prosecuted for obstruction of justice, inciting the Capitol riot and his attempts to overturn his election loss in Georgia.
“There is only one way left to restore deterrence and convey to future presidents that the rule of law applies to them,” the editorial board argued. “The Justice Department must abandon two centuries of tradition by indicting and prosecuting Donald Trump for his conduct in office.”
The board argued that Mr Trump’s actions were so malevolent while he served that it is worth breaking tradition in order to hold him accountable and hopefully deter future leaders like him.
“A commander in chief tried his very best to subvert democracy,” the board wrote. “He attacked his own country. Five people died. Allowing him to go unpunished would set a far more dangerous precedent than having Trump stand trial. To reform the presidency so that the last four years are never repeated, the country must go beyond passing laws: It must make clear through its actions that no person, not even the president, is above them.”