While the impeachment trial of President Trump is over, its shadow will linger over Capitol Hill indefinitely. Among its legacies will be a further erosion of across-the-aisle cooperation, comity and trust. If you’re hoping for a kumbaya moment between the parties, don’t hold your breath.
Congress already was bedeviled by toxic partisanship long before impeachment or Trump’s presidency. In 21st Century Washington, lawmakers view members of the other party as rivals, not coworkers elected by the American people to work together to make the country a better place. Bipartisanship is often considered a dirty word on Capitol Hill.
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