“…if the official had a defense.”
A failure to convict will continue to entrap those who support him, whose unhealthy emotional bonds prevent them from seeing the damage that is being done to their personhood, livelihood, health, and even lives. It is a disservice to collude with their psychological defenses against the pain of disappointment, further entrenching them in potential future trauma upon learning the truth.
Clear boundaries need to be set that a leader should not abuse, let alone kill, the people he has sworn to serve.
The first step to healing a massive mental health pandemic is to convict, set limits, return to reality, and restore the standards of lawfulness, order, and safety. We should not continue to permit a dangerously unfit person who held high office to spread unmitigated violence, trauma, and mental pathology. Mental health professionals who routinely manage dangerous personalities have vital knowledge to contribute to society and should be consulted.
Marcy Wheeler makes some important points about the impending trial.
There are some weaknesses and gaps in the House impeachment case against the former President (which I’ll probably return to).
But there’s one giant gap in Trump’s defense.
Generally, Trump argues three things: his incitement was speech protected by the First Amendment. The House moved too quickly to impeach but having impeached him while he was still President the Senate can’t now try him, as required by the Constitution. Along the way he makes a soft case that his attempts to undermine the election results can’t be proven to be unjustified (in at least two places, those claims are demonstrably false).
But I’m most struck by Trump’s silence about his treatment of Mike Pence.
The House brief mentions Pence, by title and sometimes by name, 36 times. Those mentions include a description of how Pence was presiding over the counting of the electoral vote, how he fled when Trump’s mobsters flooded into the Capitol, how the attackers targeted him by name, how Secret Service barely kept him safe, how Trump’s own actions made Pence’s danger worse.
In other words, a key part of the House brief describes Trump giving Pence an illegal order, and then, after Pence refused to follow that order and announced he would do his own Constitutional duty, Trump took actions to focus the anger of the mob on his own Vice President.
It’s not just what Trump said about Pence, the incitement of an assassination attempt against his Vice President that Trump claims is protected by the First Amendment, but it’s about an illegal order Trump gave to Pence, which Pence duly ignored.
That order was unconstitutional, and as such is not protected by the First Amendment.
….the feds noted in a detention request for a Proud Boy that a terrorism enhancement could apply in the case
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) February 5, 2021
House passes resolution to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments after she endorsed the execution of House Speaker Pelosi, 230-199.
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true.”
— Kristina L. Peterson (@kristinapet) February 4, 2021
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) defends Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Everyone has done things they wish they didn’t do.”
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) February 4, 2021
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) February 4, 2021