For hours on Wednesday afternoon, a sequence of Democratic House members — from Colorado’s Joe Neguse to Texas’ Joaquin Castro — laid out the tweets and public feedback from Trump that laid the muse for the Big Lie that culminated within the violent overrunning of the Capitol
on January 6.
I watched the proceedings — and took notes on what mattered most. My takeaways are under.
2. Liz Cheney
: Every week after the Wyoming Republican survived a problem to her management slot within the House GOP, her phrases in explaining why she was voting to question Trump have been used, once more, by Democrats to make the case for why he wanted to be convicted. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this assault,” mentioned Neguse in summarizing what Trump had completed — a direct citation from Cheney’s statement of January 12
. Neguse wrapping Cheney’s assertion like an anchor across the waists of each single Republican senator is what the likes of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California feared most following the House impeachment. Cheney’s vote was one factor. Her assertion — significantly the road that Neguse quoted — was, for a lot of Republicans, one thing fully completely different as a result of they felt it might permit Democrats to bash each single Republican member with it. And they have been proper.
3. Trump supporters took him actually
: Remember the now-pointless debate within the early days of Trump’s presidency about whether or not he ought to be taken critically or actually — and whether or not his supporters took him as one or the opposite? On Wednesday, the House impeachment managers made an hermetic case that Trump’s most ardent backers at all times took what he mentioned actually. They believed him when he mentioned the election was going to be rigged. They believed him when he attacked the vote in Michigan. And they took him at his phrase when he instructed them on January 6 they wanted to struggle to save lots of democracy. How do I do know they believed him? Because the impeachment managers showed footage of Trump supporters in Maricopa County demanding the vote count be stopped.
And footage of Trump backers exterior of Michigan secretary of state’s home chanting “cease the steal.” And of those that participated within the January 6 riot insisting they have been performing on the orders of their President. “His instructions led to their actions,” Castro mentioned at one level, referring to Trump and the January 6 rioters.
4. Connecting the dots
: One of the important thing debates on this trial is whether or not the individuals who rioted on the Capitol on January 6 have been doing so at Trump’s request or whether or not they have been merely unhealthy actors who had determined to make hassle throughout the electoral vote certification earlier than Trump mentioned a phrase on the “Stop the Steal” rally that day. Trump defenders are fast to notice that some of the rioters had already made their means right down to the Capitol advanced earlier than Trump had even began talking — and that the planning for the riot had begun lengthy earlier than January 6. But what the managers did on Wednesday is present that this wasn’t about simply January 6. They went all the way in which again to a mid-June 2020 Trump interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace
by which the President refused to decide to a peaceable switch of energy if he misplaced — after which fastidiously walked senators by means of the myriad instances between then and January 6 by which Trump lied about all the things from mail-in balloting to the vote rely in swing states to his probabilities of successful. This wasn’t a one-off. This was the consequence of months of Trump priming the pump, mendacity to his supporters concerning the election and its end result. January 6 was the fruits of all of these lies, not the start line.
5. Josh Hawley performs the villain
: Ever since asserting in late 2020 that (*5*), the Missouri Republican senator has stood on the forefront of the trouble to courtroom the Trump vote in anticipation of a run for president in his personal proper in 2024. And he has repeatedly demonstrated that he believes one of the best ways to emerge because the Trump inheritor is to troll Democrats — and the media — as arduous as doable. So, it is not terribly stunning, then, that Hawley was spotted by NBC’s Garrett Haake
throughout Neguse’s opening presentation “sitting up within the gallery together with his toes up on the seat in entrance of him, reviewing paperwork, all through.” Hawley instructed CNN’s Manu Raju
that he was sitting within the higher Senate gallery as a result of he was “very ” within the trial — including, “Well I’ve obtained the trial briefs with me, and taking notes.” Uh huh.