House impeachment prosecutors concluded their presentation today in T-Rump’s Senate impeachment trial, and now it’s up to Republicans to grow a spine and convict the asshole of inciting an insurrection — however, most-likely not be the case.
Reality won’t prevail and the necessary 17 GOPers needed won’t be there because conscience.
If you missed any of Thursday’s impeachment trial, here’s a video thread full of highlights from beginning to end ? https://t.co/rcvQE6nE4u
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 11, 2021
Now the show is how Republicans vote — no matter how horrid the videos, the T-Rump did nothing wrong.
The attack on the US Capitol was worse than even in TV real-time showed, and now we understand the event could have gotten even worse, and the T-Rump’s own words inspired the lunacy of violence, but he was mining the bedrock asshole bottom dwellers.
T-Rump’s incitement has had a much-deeper impact on American life — a new study indicates a goodly-chunk of our citizenry believe violence can be good (per NPR this morning):
The survey found that nearly three in 10 Americans, including 39-percent of Republicans, agreed that “if elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves, even if it requires violent actions.”
That result was “a really dramatic finding,” says Daniel Cox, director of the AEI Survey Center on American Life.
“I think any time you have a significant number of the public saying use of force can be justified in our political system, that’s pretty scary.”
“If I believe something, I may act on it, and I may not,” Cox says.
“We shouldn’t run out and say, ‘Oh, my goodness, 40-percent of Republicans are going to attack the Capitol.’ But under the right circumstances, if you have this worldview, then you are more inclined to act in a certain way if you are presented with that option.”
Despite the obvious, T-Rump toadies like Lindsey Graham love them some T-Rump, but folks see behind the ragged curtain:
Lindsey Graham is offensive and absurd. https://t.co/sHRR6ixnus
— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@mirandayaver) February 11, 2021
Bess Levin at Vanity Fair and Lindsey Q Graham’s new blame subject:
Speaking to reporters after Wednesday’s presentation, the senator from South Carolina said that the footage made him “mad,” but not for the reason you might think.
“These police officers had every right to use deadly force,” he said.
“They should have used it. The people in charge of securing the Capitol let the country down.”
(For those of you keeping up at home, this appears to be a new argument from Graham, who has previously blamed the Capitol attack on Nancy Pelosi, though we’re sure he hasn’t yet let her off the hook.)
Meanwhile, in the worse than suspected category, what does Q Graham think about America’s health care system — a new report spells it out (via Mother Jones this morning):
In a scathing new report, a team of medical experts at the Lancet determined that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States died unnecessarily as a result of former President Trump’s policies — even before the pandemic.
The report considers Trump’s environmental protection rollbacks, attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and cuts to public health funding.
The results are grim.
By comparing premature death rates in the United States to those of other G7 nations, the paper’s authors determined that the United States experienced 461,000 unnecessary deaths in 2018.
The paper also concludes that Trump’s politicization of the pandemic and failure to implement commonsense strategies to slow the spread of the virus, along with insufficient public health policies in the decades leading up to the pandemic, accounted for 40 percent of preventable COVID deaths.
The report — written by a team of more than 30 physicians and public health experts associated with institutions including Harvard Medical School and the School of Urban Public Health at the City University of New York — situates Trump’s presidency within a “neoliberal policy drift” starting in the Nixon era that undid New Deal social welfare reforms, widening the gap between the rich and poor, exacerbating racial disparities, and decreasing life expectancy.
“Trump exploited low and middle-income white people’s anger over their deteriorating life prospects to mobilise [sic] racial animus and xenophobia and enlist their support for policies that benefit high-income people and corporations and threaten health,” the authors write.
“His signature legislative achievement, a trillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and high-income individuals, opened a budget hole that he used to justify cutting food subsidies and health care.”
The solution? Per the study’s authors: Tax the rich, embrace anti-racist politics, end the privatization of health care services, and institute voting rights and immigration reform, because everything affects public health.
COVID is the nightmare stickler for T-Rump’s era…
(Illustration: Salvador Dali’s ‘Tête Raphaëlesque éclatée [Exploding Raphaelesque Head],’ found here).