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Impeachment Open Thread, Day 2: Striking, Unseen Video Footage Introduced

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 10, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 10, 2021 |


4:45 — A couple of striking videos have emerged from the trial.

1:20 — Accurate.

And how can you listen to this and not vote to convict? I mean, putting aside the insurrection itself, Donald Trump spent months undermining democracy, which itself led to the insurrection.

11:06 — More good news! I keep waiting for someone to say that it will be a temporary ban, and that he will return. This is reassuring for our collective mental health.

10:15 — This is my favorite news of the week: The Fulton County Georgia district attorney is opening up a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger himself has already opened up an administrative investigation. The phone call may have violated as many as three laws. Georgia is the second state currently pursuing criminal charges against the former President, including New York.

9:20 — Good morning, and welcome to Day 2 of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. This will also serve as the day’s open thread.

Yesterday, in theory, everything should have gone the right way. The Democrats introduced powerful video evidence. Trump’s legal team was flat-out incompetent. The weight of the evidence was clearly in the Democrats’ favor. In the end, however, they only got 56 votes, enough to move the trial ahead but 11 votes short of the number needed to convict. Why? Because the GOP ain’t care.

Meanwhile, during the introduction of the video footage, a number of Republican Senators looked away, or stared straight ahead at their notebooks, doodling and refusing to engage with the chaos and death many of them contributed toward. And so it goes: The good guys don’t always win (although, to be fair, the good guys aren’t always good guys, either).

To wit: Andrew Yang holds a commanding lead, so far, in the New York City’s mayor’s race. For the love of God, find someone with both name recognition and competence. Where’s Huma Abedin?!

Back to the impeachment: I’m not going to get into them, but both the Post and I believe the Times had “what’s Donald Trump’s mood” stories last night, and I cannot tell you how little I gave a damn. Is he upset? Is he bored? Is he still nursing grievances? Is he calling up his aides and yelling? Is he having dinner with Melania at the club? I DON’T GIVE A SHIT. You know what? I think that the American media used the word “grievance” more in the last two or three years than it has in the entire history of the media, combined. Has there ever been a more angry white man word than “grievance”? I hate it.

You know what else I don’t give a damn about?

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That is also the case with the majority of non-white people in prison. Investigate that, bitch. These people? F**k their feelings. As for their pocketbooks. Maybe if they hadn’t voted for white supremacy instead of against their own financial interests, they wouldn’t have had as many financial problems.

Finally, I’ll end with the best video of 2021, so far, if only because three of you haven’t seen it yet, and we will not have succeeded as a nation until every last one of us has seen this video. Please do your part in ensuring that this video reaches its peak saturation point.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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