Impeachment Trial Day Two Features Stunning New Video Footage

Mish

Day number two of the impeachment trial of former president Trump has come and gone. Here is a recap.

Emotional Reactions

The Wall Street Journal reports Videos Draw Emotional Reactions From Senators at Trump Impeachment Trial

A tense silence fell over the Senate chamber as House impeachment managers showed a video presentation of the attack on the Capitol.

Some Senators seemed shaken by a video of a rioter who broke into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D.,Calif.) office with a stun gun and called her “b---” afterward.

"Wow," said Sen. Jacky Rosen (D., Nev.). Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.), who voted with Democrats to proceed with the trial, shook his head, and jotted down some notes.

New Audio and Video Footage

Senator's Comments

  • Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.) said "It's tough to be able to walk through that"
  • "It's very damning," said Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), as he left the chamber.

  • "It tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes," said Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah). "Overwhelmingly distressing and emotional."

  • "Graphic. Disgusting," said Sen. Jerry Moran (R., Kan.).

  • “The footage is horrific," said Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas). "We all witnessed a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) said the House managers were "very effective " and did "a good job connecting the dots." Thune also noted "the President's Twitter feed is a matter of public record."

Nonetheless, Cruz stuck to his wooden view Cruz that the impeachment prosecutors did not connect the rioters' criminality to the former president.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Missouri) proved what an ass he is by saying the trial is "completely unconstitutional and complete and total waste of the Senate's time."

Video Matters

Many senators, serving as jurors, appeared to be riveted and emotional as videos brought back the events of that day. House managers played audio of a terrified officer saying, “They have breached the scaffold, they are behind our lines.” They showed pro-Trump rioters bursting into the Capitol saying “stop the count,” converging at the threshold of the House floor with chants of “we want Trump,” and one rioter telling another who had called for no violence “it’s too late for that.” Another rioter could be heard calling out “Where are you Nancy?” and others could be heard chanting “Hang Mike Pence.” Managers played video of the fatal shooting of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt as she tried to climb through a shattered window into the House lobby, and closed their predinner session by playing a single clip of Officer Daniel Hodges letting out a bone-chilling cry as rioters trapped him in between two doors, blood dripping from his mouth as he struggled to breathe.

Rioters 58 Steps From Fleeing Senators

Rioters Within Feet of Vice President Pence

Defense Pathetic 

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R.) calls Bruce Castor’s Performance in Impeachment Trial ‘Unthinkable’.

“That’s a prosecutor’s dream come true, for a defense lawyer to stand up during opening and say, ‘Wow, wasn’t that something? Boy, that was so powerful, we changed strategy,’” said Christie, who served as U.S. attorney for his state from 2002 to 2008.

At one point on Tuesday, the opening day of Trump’s second impeachment trial, Castor seemed to be so impressed with the House impeachment managers’ presentation that the defense team changed course on its strategy. To everyone’s surprise, he admitted as much on the Senate floor.

“I’ll be quite frank with you, we changed what we were going to do on account that we thought that the House managers’ presentation was well done,” Castor said.

“I mean, it is unthinkable to do something like that,” Christie said. “Even if you think it, you don’t say it.”

Law and Order

It is quite clear that most Republicans do not give a damn about the Constitution or law and order.

Nor did Trump.

Cruz and Hawley are hoping to be anointed by head cultist Trump. 

I am far more impressed by those willing to buck the party than those brainwashed by the cult.

Looking Ahead

Perhaps there is some benefit four years from now for casting your lot with an aging 74-year old has-been or soon to be has-been, but what then?

Trump will be gone soon enough and I still believe even sooner politically.

Tax fraud and most likely other criminal trials of Trump will soon begin.

Factoring in age, it is a serious mistake to cast your lot with that, no matter how much the cultists adore Trump. 

Perhaps that is the motivation of some of the Republicans speaking out, but they come across as honest and sincere, a rarity.

Mish

Comments (53)
Sechel
Sechel

House Managers are very effective. They're best point however will not be in connecting the dots but in showing Trump did nothing to stop the violence.

I knew the attack was planned before but I had no idea how much planning went into it. The house managers were thorough and effective in building the timeline. No doubt Trump planned an insurrection and lit the fuse. He did everything but order it.

Sechel
Sechel

Republicans will hide behind the flawed view impeachment is not constitutional. They are simply too afraid of Trump's hold on Republican voters.

Onni4me
Onni4me

Seems Trump is not gone since posting often more than once daily about him seems so paramount. Now you have Biden. Concentrate your efforts on him. Or is it that there is nothing to report about?
Trump elected was a symptom what is wrong with the good ol' US of America and I see the same problems still effecting the country.
Going after him solves nothing, it just makes the divide stronger.

Onni4me
Onni4me

Seems Trump is not gone since posting often more than once daily about him seems so paramount. Now you have Biden. Concentrate your efforts on him. Or is it that there is nothing to report about?
Trump elected was a symptom what is wrong with the good ol' US of America and I see the same problems still effecting the country.
Going after him solves nothing, it just makes the divide stronger.

Sechel
Sechel

I had concerns going into the trial of how the optics would play of a Trump acquittal by the Senate but after viewing two days of the trial that concern is assuaged. The public will largely come to the correct conclusion even if the majority of Republican Senators cannot. There is value in the presentation which is airing on all the networks including FOX and for a week the Republican base is seeing what happened not colored by the lens of Sean Hannity and the likes

Sechel
Sechel

If something was wrong the last four years certainly did not fix it but more to the point I suspect we'd not even agree on the illness.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

LOL Fake indignation ! ....Ain t this exactly what your exceptional nation has been doing for at least 2 decades, in none of your business, far away places, orchestrating coups against legitimate leaders ? Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Venezuela etc ....You got a taste of your own medicine this time, GREAT.... and don t exaggerate things, the run on your Sacred Corruption Temple was rather peaceful, all things well considered, ..they could ve burnt that mthrfckr down, had they really wanted to....Hypocrites !

danisssy
danisssy

I was going to disagree with mish on this... But calling pelosi a bitch. My god they've really crossed the line.

threeblindmice
threeblindmice

Horrible actions by the rioters. Unpresidential election lies by Trump. It's still not legally incitement. Censure is merited; impeachment is pointless theater. Still not quite a fair election if the media hid Hunter laptop stories and prevented its dissemination, and spends 50% of its time attacking Republicans and their ideas. While votes cast do not indicate a stolen election in that sense, there is a deep skew in coverage, change of voting rules and clamping down on "misinformation" as judged by one party, while that same party's misinformation gets amplified (collusion, soft on Russia, systemic racism, mostly peaceful protests, bounties on soldiers, kids in cages, emoluments, no taxes paid, death by police, etc...)

General Ripper
General Ripper

Mish:

Disagree most Republicans don't care about law and order!

Not fair at all.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The USD is still trying to make up its mind this morning. Gold and silver are testing resistance. If the dollar starts falling again it’s off to the races, imho. I still vote head fake until I’m proven wrong..

A falling dollar will juice equities too. We really are right on this important line in the sand this week. It will interesting to see which way the dollar goes.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

For people interested in tracking the prices of single family real estate over time, or even just looking at the way the value of your own home, it’s fun to play around on a site like Zillow. They have enough data now to track most estimated property values back ten years

Go to the interactive price history chart.

You can draw a straight line to take out the bumps...and come up with a nice graph that will give you a fairly accurate picture of your average yearly price appreciation. You will need a percentage calculator if you’re not used to calculating percentages...but they are widely available.

I looked at two of my properties last night....one in the north suburbs and one down south.....they were pretty close...both have had between 11-12% price appreciation when graphed over the last 9 years. My personal residence is also just above 11%/year.

Here, since 2009, the curve has been remarkably consistent. I suspect the trend is not much different for the prior ten years, even though we had a dip post-2008.

A good exercise would be to create a graphic that would track this trend against CPI...and to show the relationship between Fed measured inflation...and show how the (locked in) mortgage interest rate changes one’s equity equation if interest rates rise.

Not sure I can I’m handy enough with graphing to make that happen, but I think it would be interesting to look at....and valuable......and also it would an interesting app to program....if anybody out there in RE knows of one that exists already, please let me know.

TexasTim65
TexasTim65

I'm curious how many people are actually watching any of this beyond political junkies?

When I go out for lunch the restaurants are always showing sports or funny YouTube videos on the wall of TV's (ie never CNN or other news networks). Went to the dentist the other day and the TV's there in all the cleaning rooms + waiting room were showing episodes of property brothers.

Virtually no one watches the 6 or 11 oclock news anymore. Everyone I know seems to watch Netflix (or other streaming service) and/or sports.

Among the group of friends I see 2x a week for beer league hockey (2 different teams) no one is talking about it before/after the game. Conversation is about sports or Covid (ie how their kids are doing bad in school cause they are home type thing) or the usual stuff about finding good help for home renovations / good Doctor/Dentist / trendy places to eat. Taking about election stuff ended in early to mid Dec once Trumps challenges were clearly going to fail.

I also wonder how few people will be swayed by anything said/done during this trial. I would be willing to wager 95-99% of the people have already made up their minds about it.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Agree....I don’t think any of it matters at all to most people..and those who do care already have strong opinions that aren’t going to change....

To me the significance of the impeachment was only ever about whether the Dems could get a conviction and keep Trump from ever running again.

I hear many reasonable people...Mish among them...who say Trump is done, stick a fork in him.......but I’m not so sure....I want to believe he’s done....but I worry about his influence going forward. History teaches us that it pays not to underestimate people like Trump.

amigator
amigator

It's a ridiculous. Instead of trying to understand why people might be so mad that this happened they are blaming it in on their scape goat for the past 4 years. If they would try to understand that almost half the population thinks they are tearing our country apart and work to govern us all with some compromised solutions they will be a lot safer!

My 4 month old baby has more fortitude than most of those congress people I saw speaking and he certainly cries a lot less. It's very disheartening


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