This could possibly be the final day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial … nevertheless it would not should be


Friday consisted primarily of a three-hour “protection” of Trump by his authorized group. Nonetheless, that three-hour interval solely appeared to comprise about 5 minutes of data, as Trump’s group repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly replayed the identical totally anticipated clips—an 11-minute montage of Democratic politicians utilizing the phrase “struggle” in numerous contexts, and one other collection of clips exhibiting violence from … actually who is aware of? All of it merely leaned into the prime Fox Information fantasy that final summer season’s Black Lives Matter protests have been extremely violent, that Democratic officers have been nice with that, and that what Trump did main as much as Jan. 6 was simply “strange political rhetoric.”

For the Ted Cruz caucus, all this was nice. And they need to have been glad, since Cruz was simply one in every of a number of Republican senators who really camped out within the convention room with the Trump authorized group and helped them plan their “technique.” Apparently, having a group of puppets able to repeat what you inform them is one thing many Republicans discover satisfying.

The Washington Post stored a working record of the lies being informed by Trump’s authorized group. That record didn’t fairly get to the 30,000+ claims of their boss, however then, they solely had three hours. They usually actually gave it a strive.

The record of statements taken out of context was legion. The trouble to assert that Trump by no means championed violence was ludicrous. And the declare that, when Trump mistyped “calvary” somewhat than “cavalry,” it meant that he was speaking about giving D.C. in injection of Jesus somewhat than a flood of militia, was simply eye rolling.

However the strangest assertion may need been when lawyer Michael van der Veen claimed that “One of many first folks to be arrested was the chief of antifa.” However apparently antifa consists of leprechauns, as a result of van der Even added that “sadly, he was additionally among the many first to be launched”; apparently he simply pulled a Keyser Söze. It’s not really potential to connect a reality to this assertion, since van der Veen was merely, what’s that phrase? Mendacity. However as far as anybody has been capable of inform, van der Veen could also be making this declare about … the one Black man arrested for going into the Capitol. As LA Magazine studies, the man was an “apolitical” rabble-rouser who “thrives on chaos.” His greatest position within the riot appears to be that he’s the man who filmed the taking pictures of Ashli Babbitt. His connection to antifa seems to be … utterly nonexistent. 

In any case … if issues go in line with schedule at present, there’ll first be closing arguments from both sides. Then the Senate will proceed instantly to a vote on whether or not to convict Trump on the only article of impeachment. Ought to sufficient votes be collected for conviction, there would then be a second vote on disqualifying Trump from holding public workplace sooner or later. That second vote would require solely a easy majority.

Nonetheless, this entire schedule can be upset ought to the Home managers request witnesses. If that occurs, will probably be up first, with a vote on calling witnesses. That vote would additionally require solely a easy majority. In Trump’s final impeachment continuing, the vote to listen to witnesses misplaced 51 to 49.

Ought to there be a vote to listen to witnesses, the Senate will possible be finished for the day, whereas the Home managers spherical up whoever they need to converse. Simply keep in mind—each declare that listening to witnesses is in some way protecting the nation from coping with the Trump pandemic, the Trump recession, or the assorted different Trump disasters, is solely a lie. Subsequent week, the senators weren’t going to be doing any of that. There may be time to do that factor proper.