Republicans bury their consciences beneath Maga’s culture of lying

US Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Capitol in Washington after the third day of senate impeachment hearings against former US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Margaret Sullivan

The words spoken on the Senate floor over the past few days were almost innumerable. But the ones that stayed with me through the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump were among the very first ones uttered. “Democracy needs a ground to stand upon – and that ground is the truth,” House impeachment lead manager Jamie Raskin said in his opening statement, quoting his father, the political activist Marcus Raskin.