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A Broken Party Acquitted Donald Trump In His Second Impeachment

“The ex-president’s boast he could get away with murder proved true.”

By Paul Blumenthal 02/13/2021

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-impeachment-acquit_n_6027e114c5b6f88289fbfc0f

“Back in January 2016, before Donald Trump won his first presidential primary, before he secured his position atop the Republican Party and before he won the White House, he mused about the unbreakable bond between himself and his supporters with a joke about murder.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said, to a laughing audience, while pointing his finger at them like a gun. “OK? It’s, like, incredible.”

What was once true of his supporters is now true of nearly the entire Republican Party.”

“Trump stood in the middle of Washington, D.C., pointed his supporters at Congress and fired. Seven people ― three police officers, including two by suicide, and four Trump supporters ― died as a result of the president’s actions. And his party let him off the hook.”

Steve Thomas

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The GOP Just Spit in the Face of American Democracy

bt Michael Tomasky Feb. 13, 2021

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-gop-just-spit-in-the-face-of-american-democracy-by-acquitting-trump-at-his-second-impeachment-trial?ref=home

“Well, now we know. We know how the Republican Party wants to go down in history. They’ve made it as clear as could be.

First, two-thirds of the members of the Republican caucus of the House of Representatives voted on Jan. 6 to refuse to affirm the results of the presidential election. They continued doing so, we know, after the riot, after Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick lay dead, after a mob had defaced the Capitol building. Denying Joe Biden the presidency was, of course, the mission of the mob. So two-thirds of House Republicans voted to condone the mob. And now, we’ve seen that 86 percent of Republican senators have voted to deny what’s in front of their noses and insist that Donald Trump bears no blame they can provide for the riot he incited.

In sum, congressional Republicans have put themselves on record saying that they are, in effect, untroubled by the worst assault on our democracy since the Civil War. The rioters were justified, said the two-thirds of House Republicans who agreed that Biden wasn’t really elected. And Senate Republicans said that the president who urged them to march on the Capitol and fight like hell or you won’t have a country anymore and then sat back and watched and did nothing to stop it (and to this day has never denounced it) bore no responsibility for the assault, or at least none that they could mete out. Those 43 Republicans just spit in the face of American democracy.”

SteveThomas

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The Democrats controlled the process. There was never a witness called in either of these impeachment hearings. They could admit as many witnesses as they want to and deny witnesses to the Republicans if they chose to. But of course they have to be seen as approaching some modicum of fairness. So they didn't.

As I said, I think they should have just waited and let the evidence against Trump accrue.  But they chose to have the trial.

So the Democrats caved, There's no doubt that even having Beutler  by  Zoom would have had a strong effect but having her testify in person would have had a stirring effect. But the reality is, it may have pushed one or two more GOP Senators to convict but not change the outcome. I suspect the Dems came in that morning with the set position that they'd end up reading  the text of what Beutler has said and get it over with quick, because ...... everybody just wants to go home!!!.

Keep in mind Trump's base never had a political agenda and was never expecting any sort of tangible political performance by Trump, he's just there to express their personal and cultural frustrations and grievances. As to any substantial evaluation of Trump, they curiously look to the Democrats and the more hot and bothered and the more obsessed the Democrats are to want Trump's hide is the barometer by which they devote themselves to Trump. The best thing the Democrats can do now is just not talk about Trump, but talk about the future,talk about administering relief from the covid pandemic and it's economic displacement, and an infrastructure bill, and do their best to pull it off.

Ted Lieu did say it right, the Democrats don't need to worry about Trump winning an election in 2024, but the Republic has to worry about Trump losing in 2024. But even though he controls the majority of the Republican party,  now I think he's been sufficiently damaged that even that won't happen. Trump's never been able to hold consistently over 40%. Even with a social media presence, without the bully pulpit, he can't provide a diet of himself every day to everyone anymore. What's he going to do? Some of these people are going to have to move on with their lives just out of necessity. The more people live in their own skin, and start living their own reality, rather than looking to a politician. The more Trump fades into the background.

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50 minutes ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

The Democrats controlled the process. There was never a witness called in either of these impeachment hearings. They could admit as many witnesses as they want to and deny witnesses to the Republicans if they chose to. But of course they have to be seen as approaching some modicum of fairness. So they didn't.

As I said, I think they should have just waited and let the evidence against Trump accrue.  But they chose to have the trial.

So the Democrats caved, There's no doubt that even having Beutler by Zoom would have had a strong effect but having her testify in person would have had a stirring effect. But the reality is, ...

The reality is that even if Beutler testified as to her knowledge of Trump's unbelievable dereliction of Presidential duty to protect the victim's of his wild eyed, death threat screaming, window smashing "Brown Shirt" MAGA mob attack on the Capital building coversation with McCarthy and even if Kevin McCarthy himself publicly acknowledged the conversation in that context, the impeachment charge did not specfically include one of addressing the later non-action of Trump in letting the murderous attack go on so long without needed back up security help.

Trump's later holding back needed security help is as criminal as his months long effort ( and January 6th one ) to incite his looney base to violently storm the Capital Building and both combined would have had him convicted of the impeachement charge easily by a truly inbiased jury.

Keep in mind Trump's base never had a political agenda and was never expecting any sort of tangible political performance by Trump, he's just there to express their personal and cultural frustrations and grievances.

Absolutely true.

The best thing the Democrats can do now is just not talk about Trump, but talk about the future,talk about administering relief from the covid pandemic and it's economic displacement, and an infrastructure bill, and do their best to pull it off.

Again true.

Ted Lieu did say it right, the Democrats don't need to worry about Trump winning an election in 2024, but the Republic has to worry about Trump losing in 2024. 

 

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     Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) suggested today that a future Republican-controlled Congress should impeach Kamala Harris for her support of the Black Lives Matter protests-- because, apparently, attacking Congress to overturn the results of an free and fair election is equivalent to protesting about police violence toward  black people.

     Graham also criticized Mitch McConnell for admitting that Trump is guilty of inciting the attack on the Capitol.

     Unreal.   Is there a slimier creature in the Trump swamp than Lindsay Graham?  

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