As readers here know, I have not watched a second of the “impeachment” (it is no longer an impeachment) “trial” (it does not comport with the Constitution’s prescription for a Senate trial of a President because I have an unruly sock drawer. There was never a chance that President Trump would be convicted of the manufactured charges rammed through the House when he was in office, and the effort to convict a private citizen or construct a Bill of Attainder to prevent a private citizen from running for office are unconstitutional. If either or both were successful, which is impossible, they would be over-turned by a conservative Supreme Court whose Chief Justice has already signaled his contempt for the partisan exercise by refusing to participate in it. (I hear Roberts’ sock drawer is immaculate).
I’ve read many articles over the last week speculating on what the Democrats are trying to accomplish. Here’s one from yesterday. It’s been pretty clear to me, though incredibly and damningly not the Trump Deranged, that what they are accomplishing is embarrassing and disgracing themselves, their party and the nation; weakening the Constitution and ensuring similar behavior from Republicans in retaliation; exacerbating dangerous division and cynicism among the public, and generally continuing their despicable series of plots over the last four years to reverse the results of the 20i6 election no matter what harm it does to our institutions.
Bias, as the Ethics Alarms motto goes, makes you stupid, and the impeachment charade/fiasco/debacle/ farce/shit-show—you pick your favorite—and hate, as Richard Nixon realized too late, will destroy you. The “trial” is an abject lesson in both truths.
I didn’t watch the any of the trial, but I could not resist watching the video above, not that any of it was a surprise or should have been to any Americans who were paying attention, as in, for example, actually reading the text of Trump’s speech to the protesters. There was no “incitement” in his words, and no one could have been convicted on such evidence, as many objective authorities have pointed out, and many biased professionals have denied, to their eternal shame. Inciting a riot is a crime of intent, and outside of some amateur mind-reading, no intent has been proven or could be. The “case” against Trump—there is no case—has been based on the the “resistance”;s news media allies ludicrously re-casting a riot, a minor one compared to those we have seen over the last decade, almost entirely from the Democratic base with official approval, as an “insurrection,” which it was not. This has been repeated daily since January 6, as if repetition makes it so. It wasn’t even an attempted insurrection, because even the dimmest bulb among the small minority of angry Trump supporters who actually stormed the Capitol could have thought for a millisecond that a couple hundred fools, dummies and clowns had a prayer of overcoming the government or even slowing it down.
Throughout the last four years and what Ethics Alarms has referred to as the 2016 Ethics Train Wreck, Democrats have been accusing President Trump of doing what they, in truth, have been guilty of: endangering democracy, defying the Constitution, debasing America, and undermining establishes and important norms. It has been the most spectacular episode of mass hypocrisy in U.S. history, and the claim that Donald Trump was doing when he urged on protesters to demonstrate peacefully was somehow impeachable when Democratic leaders and prominent figures in the party had explicitly encouraged violence, including the summer’s widespread Black Lives Matter rioting, is breathtaking in its audacity.
I think the President’s defense team should have showed the montage, and rested. There’s nothing more that needs to be said. Res ipsa loquitur. Fake case dismissed on the grounds of absurdity.
The response from Democrats has been a desperate chorus of “humina humina'”–Handel’s Huminahumina Chorus! There is really nothing they can say. My favorite is that Trump’s lawyers were employing an “Everybody Does It” defense, Rationalization #1. This is a really funny backflip for the party that used that rationalization as its prime defense of Bill Clinton: “Everybody lies about sex! Lots of Presidents have cheated!” but never mind that. The video’s unavoidable message is very different: Trump did not engage in the conduct he is accused of, but those accusing him have engaged in it, repeatedly, recently, and flagrantly.
Senators of either party who vote for conviction in the shadow of the video will have shown a lack of integrity, fairness, responsibility and respect for the Constitution that should disqualify them from elected office in perpetuity.