Once again the topic of the day by far is the T-Rump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, part two of several engrossing parts fueled by emotional speech, and especially the use of not-seen-before videos — over-used word for these proceedings, ‘obvious,’ as in it’s so-fucking obvious T-Rump incited an insurrection.
As I said yesterday, I don’t watch much TV so most of my news gathering comes via the InterWebs, and that’s okay due to the fact of real-time live blogs/videos and Twitter clips of just about everything that takes place. Most-seemingly, the House impeachment managers again presented the timetable/frame of the Jan. 6 insurrection/riot and plotted it with T-Rump’s inciteful bullshit starting weeks before the Capitol event.
And today, like Jamie Raskin yesterday, Eric Stalwell delivered a straight, factual build-up via T-Rump’s words (transcript here), which led to the attack and with the use of video painted a shitty image of T-Rump, concluding:
This was a deliberate, premeditated incitement to his base to attack our capital while the counting was going on and it was foreseeable, especially to President Trump who warned us, he knew what was coming.
This is what the evidence has overwhelmingly shown and will show in this trial. And it’s also the truth.
This evening, The Washington Post has a good, detailed summary of today’s events.
The following a kind of wrap of stuff, you’ve probably already seen, starting with the main video:
Another view of Pence’s sudden flight:
Truly remarkable footage of Vice President Pence and his family being escorted out of the Senate chamber. President Trump was back at the White House, continuing to trash Pence, according to multiple people. pic.twitter.com/Vr3c5EBwTR
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 10, 2021
Note (Guardian live blog): ‘In one clip, an insurrectionist says in a mocking voice, “Naaaaancy. Oh, Naaaaancy.”‘
Straight out of a horror film. Insurrectionist calling for Nancy Pelosi pic.twitter.com/itXdEpCOI1
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) February 10, 2021
In setting up the view of the ordeal there was a guide:
Joe Neguse presented a figurative “roadmap” for senators to follow over the next two days, laying out the managers’ intention to prove Trump is guilty of inciting insurrection in three distinct parts: “the provocation,” “the attack” and “the harm.”
Neguse asked senators to remember three phrases echoed by Trump when they consider his provocation: “The election was stolen,” “Stop the steal” and “Fight like hell to stop the steal.”
The provocation pic.twitter.com/vcEv2ceYPR
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) February 10, 2021
And it was indeed an insurrection of a riot:
The moment when police declared the Capitol assault a riot, just before 2 pm. pic.twitter.com/awFzUqgHjU
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 10, 2021
Republican senator Chuck Grassley has a concealed iPad in his desk drawer so he can read during the Democrats’ presentations, according to the press pool report.
The senator of Iowa did reportedly look up when a video of rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” was playing.
Chances that the explicit video footage of the attacks presented today will change Republicans’ minds about whether to convict Trump seem slim.
“I think you get at best six Republicans, – probably five and maybe six,” Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina told reporters.
Rick Scott, the Republican senator of Florida, earlier said the trial was a “waste of time.”
Oddly, one of the best nutshell/take-aways came via Fox News (Deadline):
Earlier, Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace told viewers that the impeachment managers had done “a very effective job.”
“The argument that the House managers have made today is you can’t just view this in terms of one speech,” Wallace said.
“They went all the way back to last summer and said that Donald Trump, all the way back, long before the election, started building the predicate. ‘The only way I could lose is if this election is stolen from me.’ And then as he gets closer to the election, talking about that the whole process is rigged, and particularly after the election saying ‘stop the steal.’ And then you start to see bigger demonstrations and you start to see death threats against the Georgia secretary of state and demonstrations and shouts at the home of the Michigan Secretary of State.”
Wallace’s bit came before Fox News cut away from the trial while Swalwell was presenting his case. They returned later. Right-wing anybody is not liking the trial so far, and they’ll fight it all the way to acquital.
And this below becoming one of my most-favorite graphics for the nowadays T-Rump:
(Illustration is of a New York state high-school student exhibit: ‘The piece was displayed during student-driven art show at Shenendehowa High School. It consisted of at least 12 identical black-and-white pictures of Donald Trump. There was also a sign above the pictures that read, “Draw on Me.” Using markers from the art classroom, some students opted to scribble critical messages and profanities on the pictures‘ — and found here).