“Like all of you, I was evacuated when this violent mob stormed the Capitol gates,” said Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., One of the House’s nine prosecutors in the Senate trial that began Tuesday. “What you saw that day, what we saw that day, what our country saw that day is the worst nightmare of the Framer who came to life.”
The goal was clear: Help rekindle the fear, the fear that enveloped them all for several hours over the past month, as the anger at Trump, fomenting false claims about the stolen elections, and his apology for the conduct of the Rioters peaked.
So far, however, the Republicans have seemed unmoved.
Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) Said the presentation was meant to “knock you off your feet,” but added that GOP senators were looking for new information. “It was kind of a compilation of what we all have [saw] on a tragic day, ”said Braun.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Admitted the impeachment was unique because “everyone here was a witness and possibly a victim of what happened that day”. But he said the members had already processed this reality.
“I think we had a lot of time to think about the last one [four] Weeks about what happened, why it happened, why it shouldn’t have happened, and more importantly, what role the president played in this regard or what role someone played in this regard, ”he said.
The GOP senators’ comments underscored that the Senate is unlikely to get the two-thirds of the votes required to convict Trump. However, the Democrats see emotional attraction as their best work of persuasion.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), The House’s lead prosecutor, told Senators that he was just a day away from his 25-year-old son’s funeral and that he was guaranteed to get his daughter to the Capitol – still grieving – it would be safe , despite Trump’s demand for supporters to relegate to Washington. When it did not, he feared his family would be in danger again, and he said he was disappointed when his daughter told him she did not want to return to the Capitol.
“Of all the horrific, brutal things I heard and seen that day, and this one has hit me hardest since then,” said Raskin. “That and watching someone use an American flagpole, the flag still on, to spear and hit one of our policemen, ruthless, merciless, tortured from a pole with a flag on it, which he defended with his life . “
MEP David Cicilline put it more clearly: “You could have killed us all”.
It was an argument that landed with tremendous force in the Senate, especially after the Democrats prepared members with a haunted montage of violence perpetrated by those who breached the Capitol.
Republicans and Democrats alike said House executives hit the bull’s eye on their arguments – even if Republicans were determined to acquit Trump over a constitutional technical argument put forward by Trump’s attorneys.
Trump’s team, led by Bruce Castor and David Schoen, seemed surprised at how well the House team was connected to senators. Castor admitted they had reshuffled their presentation – which they expected to be technical – to refute the House’s sweeping claims. The result, however, was a muddled argument, with senators muttering and taking notes on each other, causing Alan Dershowitz, one of Trump’s 2020 impeachment attorneys, to rip the defense apart as a disaster on cable TV.
Castor and Schoen spent their two hours getting emotions out of the day. Castor described the House’s rush to indict Trump in the aftermath of the January 6 riot as a natural human urge to hold someone responsible for a terrible tragedy. Schön went even further and called it an answer to the “insatiable desire for impeachment in the house for four years”.
He made an argument aimed at a Republican audience, claiming the “rash impeachment” was simply a result of the Democrats’ “bloodlust” in punishing Trump since he took office. Schön played his own montage – set on a creepy soundtrack – of simple Democrats who called Trump’s fall from 2017 to 2019. Then he turned to a more technical argument against the constitutionality of the process and ultimately won the support of 44 out of 50 GOP senators.
However, the Democrats made it clear that they will not shy away from forcing their Senate colleagues to relive the episode that continues to haunt many of them.
“This is personal to you,” said a top caretaker advisor. “You saw the attack. Your employees saw the attack … You know you as a reporter who was attacked that day. You saw what happened to the officers. “
“In this case, the managers try to move the hearts, thoughts and minds of all hundred jurors.