Donald Trump, pictured here at the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning in November 2019, had every reason to feel grateful after his acquittal by the senate on Wednesday. Photo: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock
Coronavirus drug controversy, German far-right election dispute, Kirk Douglas dies, Weinstein trial, Rio’s negative tourist post and a quick what’s on guide. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Senate votes on party lines to acquit Trump
Donald Trump became the third US president to survive an impeachment trial when the senate voted on Wednesday to acquit him of two charges, Reuters, the BBC, NPR and CNBC report. The vote split along party lines to acquit him of obstruction of Congress. But, as CNN highlights, Republican Mitt Romney joined Democrats in voting to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power over his alleged threat to withdrawal funding to Ukraine unless they investigated Joe Biden. The Washington Post has some interesting takeaways from the impeachment, The Guardian reckons the acquittal will “further fan the flames of the most profound national split since the Vietnam war”, while Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson says that by launching the impeachment process Democrats have helped raise the president's approval rating. Politico suggests that without being able to put himself centre-stage during the proceedings, it was not the trial Trump wanted.
Outrage has been the reaction to the installation of FDP candidate Thomas Kemmerich as the new state premier of Thuringia after he received the support of far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and some members of chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU. But Merkel and her party have called for fresh elections, The Daily Mail reports. Reuters says the move shatters the taboo that established parties should shun the far right. The Times even goes so far as to says the move has a “whiff of Weimar” about it. Deutsche Welle calls it a “disgrace for Germany”. And The New Statesman reckons it merely highlights the fact that, in Europe, the distance between the centre right and the far right is shrinking.
The last of six women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual attacks appeared in court in New York on Wednesday. The Guardian has harrowing detail of Lauren Young describing an alleged attack by the film producer. The AV Club has a good roundup of what has happened so far in the trial.
Brazilian tourist board Embratur has accidentally shared a rather negative Instagram post from a visitor to Rio who complained that during her three-day visit her family was robbed and her nine-year-old sister witnessed a violent robbery. The Guardian reports that Embratur deleted the shared post on Wednesday
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts