Today, the Trump defense team starts to present its case. The Washington Post reports, it's expected to be a "relatively short" presentation and that the trial could be completed by tomorrow.
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A Senate censure (with a 14th Amendment disqualification from holding office for insurrection) is intriguing. But I wonder if Joe Manchin (D?-West Virginia) has the gumption to vote for it.
Lastly, the new US Attorney for DC can bring insurrection charges against Orange Donald anytime since he is now a private citizen. I would delight in that outcome.
While both sides mentioned the need for unity, the fine aspirational words of the Defence counsel were belied by unrelenting partisanship. No surprise there, as the typical GOP attitude is “everybody has to do what we say, or else”.
Unlike the House Managers, the Defence team used a lot of cheap courtroom tricks, dripping venom and disdain through body language (head shaking, and that flip of his wrist as he turned the page was pure theatre). All three decried hatred but used adjectives that conveyed the exact opposite message.
My impression is that the Defense presentations were packed with omissions and misleading comments. For example, I believe there were many conservatives in that so-called “partisan” group of over a hundred professors who wrote that the 1st amendment defence was frivolous. And, they wilfully ignored the fact that the speech on January 6th was the match that set fire to a pyre that Trump had been building for months if not years. Other examples were more insiduous.
While I can accept the fact that the Defence team had to do the best they could to defend their client, it’s mind-boggling to realise that so many Senators have already decided to ignore the evidence. I can only hope that the voters of America will send them packing in 2022.
I’ll need another beer!