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Senate kicks off impeachment 2.0

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/09/21, 06:43 pm

National Guardsmen patrolled the tightly secured U.S. Capitol on the first day of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Senators began the proceedings by asserting with a 56-44 vote that they had the constitutional power to try a president after he leaves office. Trump faces a single count of incitement of insurrection on Jan. 6, the day a mob made up mostly of his supporters rioted at the Capitol.

What happened on Day One of the trial? House Democrats opened with a pre-produced video interspersing Trump’s remarks at a rally on Jan. 6 in Washington with footage of the riot. Impeachment managers said video provided evidence that the former president aimed a mob at the Capitol and incited insurrection. Trump’s attorneys said Democratic hatred of the former president fueled the impeachment. They called the Jan. 6 riot unconscionable but said Trump’s rhetoric did not incite it.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s past coverage of this impeachment trial and the one before it.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Posted: Tue, 02/09/2021 10:17 pm

    View the February 9, 2021, Senate session at The defense begins (2:13:30) with Bruce Castor and continues (3:02:05) with David Schoen, who presented video (3:15:20) that illustrates how “Democratic hatred of the former president fueled the impeachment.” Mr. Schoen concluded (4:09:11) with a moving message from Abraham Lincoln's favorite poet: the end of Longfellow’s “The Building of the Ship.”

    "Sail forth into the sea, O ship!
    Through wind and wave, right onward steer! …
    Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
    Sail on, O Union, strong and great! …
    Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
    Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
    Are all with thee, — are all with thee!"

    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 10:05 am

    From Longfellow's first draft...

    "A goodly frame, a goodly fame,

    And the UNION shall be her name!

    And foul befall the traitor's hand

    That would loose one bolt, or break one band

    Of this gallant ship or this goodly land!"


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    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 05:34 am

    The Democrats are viscous and unhinged, with no decency in them. This unjust show trial has nothing to do about justice but has everything to do with hate. Their goal is to bludgeon Trump to death politically by creating this insurrection narrative which is based on nothing. It is important for Republicans to get tough and stand the Democrats down with fearless resolve to not let them trash this great nation! 

    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 09:35 am

    There's a time to stand strong and there's a time to repent. I don't think the GOP has the moral high ground in this battle.

  • JimVC
    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 06:46 pm

    "Viscous" Democrats? Well, all politicians tend to be oily to some degree. Some may even be vicious.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 03:25 pm

    There's nothing to see here, it's all political theatre. From the Democrat's perspective, it's a win-win. They know that Trump will be acquitted. If that plays out as expected, then Trump can run in 2024 which the Democrats would love to see because to them he is eminently beatable. If, in the strangest twist of fate, Trump is somehow "convicted" and prevented from running for office again, then the Democrats have taken down their bogeyman and tarred and feathered the entire Republican Party along with everyone who voted for him.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 09:27 pm

    I doubt this has lessened Trump's support one iota. In fact, the Dems' relentless hatred has probably strengthened support for Trump.  Yet I don't think those who would actually support another Trump term in 2024 are anywhere near a majority of conservatives.  Even if he wants to run for the presidency again, I doubt he can get the nomination. 

    The Dems didn't do this to Donald Trump. He himself alienated a lot of people who have applauded things he did. The Dems may want to congratulate themselves for taking Trump down, but they don't deserve any credit. We have to face the fact, if President Trump had a different personality and manner, I think right now liberals would be eating crow and crying in their safe places as Trump entered his second term. 

    I myself don't feel "tarred and feathered" for supporting President Trump. I hope none of my fellow conservatives do. In fact, I'm proud we elected a non-politician, because as far as I'm concerned, John McCain and Mitt Romney, our two prior candidates for the White House, were both swamp critters as much as any of the rest. 

    I believe Mr. Trump, along with the TDS sufferers who have attacked him from Day One, have accomplished some things for the USA:  One, I hope they have opened millions of American eyes to just how low a priority our political establishment actually places on running this country in an efficient and fair manner; Two, I hope they have opened millions of eyes to just how perverted are the ideals and aims of the Democrats; and Three, I sincerely hope the Conservatives of America now realize we can elect a non-establishment, non-politician, non-swamp-person to the Presidency, without the permission and approval of the Republican Party. 

    Finally, I'll just add that it totally delights me that Donald Trump is going to be living rent-free in his opponents' heads at least until 2024. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/10/2021 09:15 pm

    TIM MILLER, no Party, which has as one of the major planks of its platform the murder of unborn infants, has any claim to high ground. I don't know for sure who does right now, but it is not the Democrats!

    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 09:23 am

    I'm certainly not defending or claiming moral high ground for the Democrats regarding their indefensible support for abortion.

    But, regarding impeachment, the Democrats are rightly making a moral case that character in leadership matters, and that leaders are responsible for their actions, while Republicans are hiding behind legalese because they're afraid of the political consequences. The Democrats are defending the institutions of our civil society, while most of the Republicans are willing to "divide the baby."

    The Democrats, regarding impeachment, have the moral high ground. Their motives may be crassly political, and grossly hypocritical, but on this they are right.


    That doesn't mean I vote for them. It doesn't mean I support their reprehensible pro-abortion platform, any more than recognizing George Washington's significant contributions to this country means I support his owning slaves. 


  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/11/2021 03:48 pm

    Nah, Tim, I don't think so. (Mind if I call you Tim instead of shouting your full name?)

    The Dems don't have high ground on behavior, conduct, dignity, morality, character, leadership, intelligence, responsibility, or anything else regarding the way they participate in the "governing" of this Nation.  Various Dems have degraded themselves and the offices they hold with actions and statements as indefensible as Trump's words and actions. 

    Nancy shredding the President's State of the Union text on camera?  Maxine screeching that "progressives" should surround and harass members of the Trump  Administration wherever they might be found in public places?  Eric being found in an affair with a Chinese spy, and the Dems still placing him on the House Intelligence Committee?  Rashida yelling "we're gonna impeach that --------!"  Bill in the Oval Office with Monica?  What about Hillary keeping Top Secret emails on an unsecure server?  Janet, who wouldn't call the 9-11 attackers "terrorists," saying American veterans were ripe for recruitment into "terrorism?"  The racist pasts of some Dems in Congress, including KKK membership, who nevertheless scream for the disemboweling and flaying of any conservative who used the N-word sometime in the past?  Mazie  saying "the men of this country" are perpetuating, enabling, and defending rape and other sexual misconduct?  Or for that matter, the behavior of most Dems in Congress during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings?  Patrick repeatedly and deliberately leaking Top Secret intelligence in order to derail military or State Department actions he disagreed with?  Bernie saying the VA provided excellent healthcare, and negative reports about the VA could be traced to attempts by the Koch brothers to undermine the VA and radically change society?  And there's Teddy drunkenly driving off a bridge and leaving MaryJo to die, yet being re-elected his entire life! I can keep adding to this list as long as you want. Character in leadership?  I beg to differ!

    We don't have ANY saints in office, just as none of us casting ballots are saints. Don't try to tell me the Dems hold "high ground" on conduct. Or anything.