Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Spending All Day Away From Twitter

I'd put less weight on the "evidence" (as a Senate impeachment trial is not conducted according to the Federal Rules of Evidence) than on the public presentation of that evidence. The Lovely Wife watched the Frontline documentary on Trump's "American Carnage" last night, and assured me playing that one-hour alone in the Senate would be enough to convict Trump. Again, not "evidence," but it would certainly persuade a majority of the American public that a criminal trial against a former POTUS would not, in this case, be either an outrage or a "Constitutional crisis" (still not sure just what that is). And that could be very important in persuading the D.C. U.S. Attorney to bring conspiracy charges against Trump (I'm not a criminal lawyer nor a former prosecutor, but that seems to me the best course to investigate. I'm just spit-ballin', in other words.).

The Senate trial will pay other dividends, too:
It seems that, since 2016, the value of Trump's New York City properties has dropped by 50%. No small part of that plummet came after January 6. And this is not limited to NYC: If people are already forgetting what a traitor (in the popular, not the legal Constitutional, sense) Trump is, an impeachment trial with lurid testimony could remind them. Then there's the question of injuries to police officers in the riot:
"We have one officer who lost his life as a direct result of the insurrection," Papathanasiou noted. "Another officer had tragically taken his own life. Between USCP and our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police Department, we have almost 140 officers injured."

"I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained brain injuries," he continued. "One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs. One officer is going to lose his eye, and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake."

I don't want to trade on their pain and suffering, but let's remind the American public what happened while Trump was gleefully watching TeeVee and tweeting about what a "coward" Mike Pence was (as crowds stormed the building shouting "Hang Pence!  Hang Pence!"  PBS played the video of that last night; the House prosecutors will have no trouble presenting it, along with reports of Trump watching with delight as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite.).  And, of course, let the GOP Senators say "Nothing to see here, and nothing we can do about it!"

This situation sickens me; but the outcome could pay dividends. Like destroying latent Trumpism, whose shelf-life has, frankly, diminished rapidly:
From what I've been reading about Cawthorn, he's about to be relegated to the status of Louie Gohmert-in-waiting. He may keep his district (more fool them), but an influencer? Yeah, he needs to work harder on his "comms." And while I'm wandering around Twitter: Did McCarthy convey that message to Trump? Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and about that GOP=Trump voters issue: David Perdue, to remind you, lost. In a runoff. In Georgia. 

I'll leave you with this glimpse into the near future:

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