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.

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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