Our pals over at Electoral-Vote have a really good summary of the day:
The narrative that the managers presented yesterday came in three distinct parts. The first, occupying close to four hours, was a detailed reconstruction of the events leading to Jan. 6, and Donald Trump’s central role therein. They argued that the former president’s efforts to win election illegitimately had four phases, each more desperate than the last:
- Pre-election chicanery, like screwing with the USPS
- The vast array of meritless lawsuits
- Arm-twisting in Georgia and Arizona, in an effort to get officials in those states to cook the books
- Urging the MAGA crowd to invade the Capitol on Jan. 6, and to stop the counting of the electoral voters
It’s a really good read, a pretty concise summary of the day.
Plaskett then proceeded to show some harrowing videos, many from Capitol security cameras that were heretofore unseen, and they showed how physically close Hair Füror’s minions got to our elected officials, quite literally on their heels. (I think she said 58 steps – and if you wear a Fitbit or other tracker, take 58 steps right now. Shocking, innit?)
Plaskett also provided the trial’s first new piece of evidence: the permit for the January 6 rally didn’t authorize a march to the Capitol until Hair Füror got involved in the planning.
Per The WaPo:
Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) described in chilling detail how the rioters set out to kill Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and how close they came to not only the first and second in line to the presidency, but also their family and staff. “They said that anyone they got their hands on, they would have killed, including Nancy Pelosi. And that, quote, ‘they would have killed Vice President Mike Pence if given the chance.’ They were talking about assassinating the vice president of the United States,” Plaskett said, citing an FBI affidavit.
She showed how the mob spread out through the Capitol searching for Pelosi, and that so grave was the threat to her life that she was taken to an off-site location away from the Capitol complex.
One of the vids showed Willard being redirected by a security person as he was actually running towards the crowd, who would probably have torn him limb-from-limb. It’s not clear to me that Willard had ever seen this security video before.
No wonder later January 6 he gave the look of Death at insurrectionist-enthusiast and Proud Boy Lite Josh Hawley:
Now most sentient people, upon seeing these frothy insurrectionists and hearing the plans rioters made after being encouraged by Prznint Stupid, would be moved to do something like convict the mother effer. Some might even be, you know, visibly shaken.
Not the GQP.
They couldn’t even pretend to give a merde about what went down on January 6:
The WaPo, again, noted this too:
Almost every senatorial eye in the chamber was glued to the screens as lead House manager Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) played a 13-minute video depicting the events of January 6 to introduce the impeachment case against Trump—with a few notable exceptions. While the screen showed demonstrators marching on the Capitol, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) looked down at the pad of lined paper in his lap, where he had already begun doodling with a pencil. Behind him, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) studied papers in his lap, taking only the tiniest glimpses at the screen to his right. A few seats over, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) also focused most of his attention on papers in front of him instead of on the images depicting the insurrection at the Capitol, and a few seats from him, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) did the same.
So there you have it! I don’t know if any of this will register with their constituents, but it should. These GOP Senators, who have spun gold out of hay bleating about Law & Order, support the troops, and the damn thin blue line flag showed their true colors. They are lawless hypocrites signed, sealed, and delivered for Hair Füror, who BTW, had not yet showed any signs of remorse.
The House managers aren’t just prosecutors in this trial, and senators aren’t just jurors. Everyone in that room was also a firsthand, material witness to Hair Füror’s insurrection. Even more bizarre, some of those self-same jurors are accomplices, and stand ready to discount their own proximity to being killed at his orders by his mob of orcs.
How can the GQP make it back to the Reality-based world from here? It cannot.
We’ve said it before, and yup, repeat after me: The Republican Party hates American democracy and would gladly burn it all down for a third-rate authoritarian as long as they got to give tax breaks to their paymasters and pound their hate on anyone not white, cisgendered male and christian.
Vote them all out.