"The story of the President's actions is both exciting and terrifying." Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and the lead prosecutor, told the New York Times. "We believe that every American should know what happened – that the reason they have been charged by Parliament and why they should be tried and banned from running any future federal office is to make sure that such an attack occurs on our democracy and constitution never happened again. "
The Democrats' case will rely heavily on a video recreation of the violent siege, reminding both lawmakers and citizens of the trauma Trump inflicted on the nation that day. With Democrats needing the votes of at least 17 GOP Senators to condemn Trump, and only five have signaled a willingness to consider the arguments on their cause, winning a Senate conviction seems unlikely. But the condemnation of Trump and his GOP enablers in the public opinion court is clearly worth the energy – especially as Republicans spend the next few years lamenting President Biden's efforts to address the urgent needs of the Country, ignores. Republicans in Congress spent four years helping Trump destroy the U.S. Constitution to steal more elections. Now they think they deserve to be equal players in a presidency that they wanted to undo by undoing the will of the people. Democrats will remind The People that Trump launched an attack on the homeland in order to disenfranchise them, and the Republican Party supported and facilitated that effort.
The main Republican argument against condemning Trump is that it is unconstitutional since he is no longer in office. But remember – Sen. Mitch McConnell put the Senate trial on hold until Trump was no longer in office. As luck would have it, Senate Republicans are now basing their key defense strategy on a loophole created by McConnell.
But it's not only a false gap, it's also a weak gap. The idea that presidents cannot be held accountable for their behavior throughout their term in office is ridiculous. As the impeachment managers of the house wrote in their letter: "There is no "January exception" for impeachment or any other provision of the Constitution. "
Even conservative, staunch and constitutional expert Charles Cooper urges BS that a president cannot be held accountable for his acts just because he is no longer in office. Specifically, because the Senate has constitutional powers to ban people from serving in the future, Cooper argued in a Wall Street Journal: "It goes against logic to say that the Senate is forbidden from convicting former public officials."
The GOP's efforts to discredit the impeachment process result in a number of discredited Republican lawmakers being dispatched to deliver an absurd constitutional argument based on the circumstances they themselves created.
Sounds perfectly sensible, said no one sensible enough to even vote for Biden. And maybe some people who voted for Trump but were repulsed by the deadly January 6 insurrection – or who had hoped the Republican Party would bounce back in a post-Trump era – find the Republican stance equally repugnant. The siege of the Capitol has already sparked a wave of conservative voters fleeing the party. The sentiment that fuels these defects will likely only gain momentum if Americans pursue the impeachment process and Trump's bogus defense against Trump, and thus against themselves.