Disloyal opposition gets its 44 votes today.11 votes from the 67 votes needed to convict Trump. In this impeachment trial, Trump still needs to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. ”They’re behaving like mob lawyers who know that they have the jury in their pocket.”
Trump will almost certainly be acquitted (tho a majority will vote to convict).
But part of the reason you have a public trial is to show voters what shit the GOP is trying to shine. If Trump's team doesn't improve, it'll make an acquittal vote more costly for some GOPers.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 9, 2021
People died because of Trump’s sour grapes.
“The people… are smart enough to pick a new administration if they don’t like the old one. And they just did.”
Donald Trump spent the dying weeks of his presidency vehemently denying the obvious fact that he had lost the 2020 election. In fact, his insistence that his “stolen victory” be his major defense in the impeachment trial against him was one reason why several lawyers decided not to represent him.
But today, in a rambling and disjointed speech, Bruce Castor, who is one of two attorneys representing the former president, admitted that Trump was indeed voted out by “fed up” voters last November. Castor repeated this fact three times, directly contradicting one of the former president’s most-repeated lies. Something tells me a certain someone is not gonna be happy with this performance. Maybe Rudy Giuliani should be standing by.
In case you missed Trump defense lawyer Bruce Castor’s rambling opening statement this afternoon, the @PostVideo team made a supercut with a few of the strangest moments.
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) February 9, 2021
"Some people close to the president’s defense team said they quit watching the proceedings out of sheer frustration with Castor’s presentation."https://t.co/cG53uyAua1
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) February 10, 2021
“This was the Four Seasons Landscaping of the legal profession.”-Senator Chris Coons
What polls say about a Trump 2024 run as his attorney argues Democrats "fear" him https://t.co/w622mDnRCK
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 10, 2021
Ir's true. I'll bet those numbers might even double if Trump actually shot someone on 5th Avenue. https://t.co/FDnB5RifCa
— digby (@digby56) February 10, 2021
“I mean, nobody’s mind was changed one way or the other,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters. Sen. Mike Lee’s Assertion About Trump: ‘Everyone Deserves a Mulligan’
Donald Trump Might Be Peeing His Pants Over Impeachmenthttps://t.co/THY10x5cHl
— Majority Report (@majorityfm) February 10, 2021
What’s the point of a Senate impeachment trial now Trump has lost office? https://t.co/esICHgtopJ
— The Independent (@Independent) February 10, 2021
Castor’s rambling, incoherent, and inaccurate opening speech is a perfect microcosm for this proceeding: The facts, law, and Constitution are all on the House’s side—and none of that’s going to matter because enough Republicans are nevertheless going to let Trump off the hook.
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) February 9, 2021
“You knew I was a snake when you let me in.” https://t.co/LE6c5Qf5SB
— Leslie Potashner (@LesliePotashner) February 9, 2021
— Jennifer Cohn ✍🏻 📢 (@jennycohn1) February 9, 2021
"Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey suggested the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a 'hoax' perpetuated by opponents of former President Donald Trump."https://t.co/cY56hbDGvP
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 10, 2021
Astoundingly, to this day, some Americans are still condemned to travel on parts of the so-called “Jefferson Davis Highway,” originally intended by United Daughters of the Confederacy (just as the Ku Klux Klan was rising) to go from coast to coast.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 9, 2021