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Damaged Democracy

That democracy has reached such an abysmal state in the United States (US) that a sitting president would seek to go on social media to "intimidate" a witness of an impeachment hearing as she was testifying before a Congressional committee is affirmation of the depth of damaged inflicted upon the American Republic under Donald Trump.

As former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was testifying at the public impeachment hearing of Donald Trump under the roof of the US Congress, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, Trump took to Twitter to disparage the Envoy. "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," Trump tweeted. "She started off in Somalia, how did that go?", the President wrote on social media as Ms. Yovanovitch testified. 

Alerted by hearing Chairman, Adam Schiff, to the president's remarks as she gave evidence, the former ambassador described it as "very intimidating". Trump has since claimed his tweets were not intimidating "at all".

It runs afoul of democracy and of decency that the 'so-called' leader of the free world would seek to criticize a witness before a branch of the US government as that witness was giving evidence. And for that Trump must be condemned because it is not the first time, and I'm sure it will not be the last time that this president via his actions will contribute toward the damaging of democracy in the land that once stood as the epitome of life, liberty, opportunity and the rule of law.

American democracy is damaged. Even after Trump's exit from the Oval Office, it will not automatically repair itself. But those of us, who care about the tenets of this system of government, which has brought prosperity to this Republic, must continue our efforts to resurrect the America that has stood for decency and respect of all people.