NY Times editorial board:
There’s little question who have to be held answerable for attacking the Capitol and making an attempt to overturn the outcomes of the election.
When you fail to carry him accountable, it could actually occur once more.
That is the guts of the prosecution’s argument within the ongoing impeachment trial of Donald Trump. It’s a plea for the senators charged with rendering a verdict to not restrict their issues solely to the occasions of Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters sacked the U.S. Capitol, but in addition to behave with a watch towards safeguarding the nation’s future.
To excuse Mr. Trump’s assault on American democracy would invite extra such makes an attempt, by him and by different aspiring autocrats. The stakes couldn’t be larger. A vote for impunity is an act of complicity.
I used to be skeptical of Democrats pursuing a second impeachment. I used to be fallacious.
It appeared smarter, and politically safer, to punish Trump another approach — maybe with a censure, which might require solely a majority.
However having watched what has unfolded this week within the Senate chamber — a scene of the crime — I now understand I used to be fallacious.
The reference above is to an incredible piece from Tim Alberta/Politico:
Nikki Haley’s Time for Selecting
The 2024 hopeful can’t determine who she needs to be—the chief of a post-Trump GOP or a “pal” to the president who tried to sabotage democracy.
Haley clearly wasn’t ready to have this dialog. Like so many Republicans, she had anticipated Trump would both eke out a second time period, placing a date-certain on the tip of his presidency, or lose so lopsidedly that his profession could be toast. As a substitute, he break up the distinction, dropping by lower than one proportion level in every of three decisive states, a outcome that despatched him spiraling into delirium. The ensuing paralysis might be seen throughout the GOP, however Haley was a particular case. She knew she couldn’t afford to antagonize the president. However her rationalizations for his habits had been so strained that they referred to as into query her personal judgment. This was a take a look at for Haley, an early alternative to outline herself on a query of nice nationwide urgency. And he or she was failing.
“There’s nothing that you simply’re ever going to do this’s going to make him really feel like he legitimately misplaced the election,” Haley mentioned. “He’s acquired a giant bully pulpit. He needs to be accountable with it.”
“Is he being accountable with it?” I requested.
“He believes it,” she replied.
Not regular? This from CNN:
New particulars about Trump-McCarthy shouting match present Trump refused to name off the rioters
In an expletive-laced cellphone name with Home Republican chief Kevin McCarthy whereas the Capitol was below assault, then-President Donald Trump mentioned the rioters cared extra in regards to the election outcomes than McCarthy did.
“Effectively, Kevin, I assume these persons are extra upset in regards to the election than you might be,” Trump mentioned, based on lawmakers who had been briefed on the decision afterward by McCarthy.
McCarthy insisted that the rioters had been Trump’s supporters and begged Trump to name them off.
Trump’s remark set off what Republican lawmakers conversant in the decision described as a shouting match between the 2 males. A livid McCarthy informed the President the rioters had been breaking into his workplace via the home windows, and requested Trump, “Who the f–k do you suppose you might be speaking to?” based on a Republican lawmaker conversant in the decision.
Now how about Kevin McCarthy and Tommy Tuberville as witnesses?
Lindsey Graham’s toadyism on Fox Information reveals the place the GOP is heading
In a single such development, the Related Press reports that Democrats are struggling to “persuade skeptical Republicans” that the previous president incited the assault on the Capitol. In one other, a New York Occasions reporter claims Democrats “face an uphill climb in persuading” Republicans to convict.
This means that Republican senators are weighing the proof in opposition to Trump on its substantive deserves and are shifting towards rejecting it on grounds of principled disagreement. However is there any critical purpose to imagine this is applicable to the overwhelming majority of GOP senators?
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s (R-S.C.) newest train in toadying on Fox News ought to lay this concept to relaxation. It’s value watching as a result of it previews the place most elected Republicans will find yourself coming down on this entire affair.