See how they squirmed.
“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I will do it,” declared Sen. Marco Rubio earlier than it started, “because I think it’s really bad for America.”
No, the trial is actually dangerous for Rubio and different Republicans who need everybody to cease speaking about final month’s siege by violent MAGA rioters at the Capitol.
Those who had the hardest time re-watching the rampage had been the many senators who mentioned nothing for weeks as President Crybaby unfold his stolen-election lies — and even, inspired him.
The trial is a damning reminder of their personal ethical failings, and culpability. They don’t need to be there as a result of it was their unhinged chief who referred to as the rioters to Washington, fired them up and set them unfastened.
Some GOP senators regarded genuinely somber as House impeachment managers replayed the scenes of chaos that led to 5 deaths. Others in the chamber pretended to leaf by way of papers on their laps or, like Rand Paul, casually doodle.
For these with a conscience, the problem was to masks their shame. For those that felt nothing, the problem was to masks their unforgivable indifference.
All you want to find out about Sen. Rick Scott’s shallowness of character is what he tweeted weeks earlier than the trial:
“The impeachment is nothing more than political theater. The Democrats are confusing the U.S. Capitol, where we should be helping the American people, with another big white building in DC that specialize in theater and shows . . . the Kennedy Center.”
The audio tapes of law enforcement officials yelling for assist that day weren’t “political theater.” It was a chilling chronicle of a mob assault.
Likewise, the video of Vice President Mike Pence being rushed to a protected room wasn’t manufactured by Democrats. It was taken by a safety digicam in hallway.
Scenes of the Trump mob chanting for Pence to be hanged got here from the telephones of rioters themselves, not Democratic lawmakers. The similar is true for the gallows, full with a noose, erected by Trump’s goons outdoors the Capitol.
By Scott’s snide definition, visible proof of any historic crime may very well be discounted as political theater. (His inconsiderate reference to the Kennedy Center was ironic — the graphic homicide of the president whom it memorializes was recorded on movie, and has been seen by tens of millions.)
Scott and most different GOP senators had hoped to block the impeachment trial by voting that the Constitution doesn’t permit punishing a president who’s no longer in workplace. A bumbling efficiency by Trump’s protection attorneys sank that technique.
And whereas the Democrats most likely don’t have sufficient votes to convict, they’ve secured a chance to publicly current their case, which is highly effective.
It’s apparent why Scott, Rubio and the others didn’t need the nation to see the Capitol assault reconstructed minute-by-minute, synced to Trump’s personal phrases. The senators know they’re responsible, too, having completed nothing to quell his lies, or the rage that he fueled.
For the most half, their excuses for voting to acquit are cowardly crafted to condemn the violence with out criticizing the ever-fuming Trump. Some senators have caught to the line that it’s unconstitutional to convict an ex-president. Others say that doing so would additional divide the nation, and that it’s time to transfer on and heal.
That’s from the similar patriotic healers who bitterly fought to overturn court-validated election outcomes, primarily based on zero proof of fraud.
In the finish, most Republican senators will resolve that pacifying Trump’s fanatical base is extra vital than doing the proper factor — a simple name for the likes of Scott and Rubio.
At least Rubio admitted that the Jan. 6 assault was “far more dangerous” than most individuals thought. Scott’s tune didn’t change regardless of watching the scenes of rioters attempting to find Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He appeared equally unmoved by the voices of law enforcement officials being overwhelmed with poles.
Halfway by way of the proceedings, Scott anchored himself solidly in the tainted firm of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley by whining that the impeachment trial was not solely a “complete waste of time” but additionally “vindictive.”
Seriously, that’s what the man mentioned — after 4 years of defending the most vindictive particular person to ever sit in the Oval Office.