Stunning. That 13-minute video the House impeachment team used in its indictment of ex-President Trump — we’ve seen much of it before, but the ferocity is still raw. Stunning.
It was a visceral reminder again of the violence that 6th day of January — the cries of “Fight for Trump,” “Fuck the police,” “Pence is a traitor,” “No Trump, No Peace.” We saw mob insolence perhaps never seen so nakedly. And through it all, while it was happening, there was the president, falsely claiming he’d won a landslide election — “sacred” he called it in one tweet. The President shouting at his mob to give members of Congress “the boldness they need to take back our country.” Then, two hours into the violent attack on the Capitol, saying in a wink/wink message for calm, “We love you. You’re very special.”
Right after the video, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the House lead for impeachment, summed the case against Trump:
“You ask what a high crime and misdemeanor is under our Constitution. That’s a high crime and misdemeanor. If that’s not an impeachable offense, then there’s no such thing.”
Is there no moral compulsion, no remembrance of oaths taken, nothing beyond a coming election? Someone asked taking aim at senators opposed to calling our last President to account, “How much of yourself can you give away before nothing is left?”