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Charles A. Coulombe is a contributing editor at Crisis and the magazine’s European correspondent. He previously served as a columnist for the Catholic Herald of London and a film critic for the National Catholic Register. A celebrated historian, his books include Puritan’s Empire and Star-Spangled Crown. He resides in Vienna, Austria and Los Angeles, California.

Charles CoulombeAs everyone knows, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives have passed a bill of impeachment against the president of the United States, Donald Trump. Oceans of ink have and will be spilled over this matter—and I am happy to add to the literary carnage.

There is a great deal to be mulled over here. From the day that Trump sinned grievously against the establishment by presuming to win the 2016 election, they have hated him. Had he walked on water, his critics would have claimed it was because of heavy pollution, no doubt caused by his very presence. I loathed Barack Obama for his hatred of my religion’s teachings, but I nevertheless had to live with him for eight years. So I initially felt as Trump’s opponents must do. But instead of living with the inevitable, their hatred grew ever more intense and relentless—so much so that many of us began succumbing to Trump Outrage Fatigue Syndrome, becoming more sympathetic to the man precisely because of the unending attacks against him.  ….

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