It gets worse. Much worse. I know a lot of you are not watching the Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump.
Good for you. You have spared yourself the indignity of watching Democrats crassly manipulating the facts about election fraud in order to paint Trump as a dangerous revolutionist.
Today, the House impeachment managers started to lay out their case against President Trump on the sole charge of “incitement of insurrection.” Reps. Jamie Raskin, Eric Swalwell and others of the Democratic impeachment managers have 16 hours over today and tomorrow to present their “evidence,” but their evidence is entirely opinion. Everything they provide is being pushed as proof that Trump inspired or even ordered his supporters to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6, but there is actually no proof of a causal relationship between Trump’s free speech and the criminal acts carried out by criminals during the Capitol breach.
Like the traitorous Republican senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, I too recognize that the Democrats are putting on a hell of a show, but unlike Cassidy I realize that it’s because this is nothing but a show trial.
I don’t care how good Raskin and his fellow managers are. It just pisses me off — because I know they hate me just as much as they hate Trump, and they hate Trump just as much as they hate Trump’s America.
And what’s worse is that, based on the abysmal performance of Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday, there is no reason to think Trump will get a real defense when his team takes center stage on Friday. David Schoen was moderately effective Tuesday, but lead attorney Bruce Castor was a bumbling idiot. You would think a billionaire could hire better attorneys, but President Trump’s personnel decisions are his Achilles’ heel. (Think Gen. John Kelly, Christopher Wray, Gina Haspel, John Bolton — you get the idea!)
This defense team is more of the same, and today the Philadelphia Inquirer exposed Michael T. van der Veen as a Never Trumper who has no business defending Trump.
Justin Hiemstra, one of van der Veen’s previous clients, said the lawyer used the term “fucking crook” to describe the former president. “He definitely came off as fairly anti-Trump in the context that I knew him.”
What’s worse (why does that phrase seem so necessary today?) is that van der Veen was even defending Hiemstra in the first place. Hiemstra was charged with allegedly trying to illegally hack into a government database to steal Trump’s tax returns. Sure, Hiemstra deserves legal representation, but Trump can’t have this hater on his team!
Moreover, the Inquirer also published a marketing email from van der Veen’s law firm criticizing Trump for trying to keep voters from voting by mail.
“It’s time to stand up for what’s right,” the August 20 email reads. “van der Veen, O’Neil, Hartshorn, and Levin are filing suit against the U.S. Postal Service to force it to prepare to deliver ballots for this election.”
Van Der Veen and his firm actually filed a lawsuit against President Trump and the U.S. Postal Service. Yeah, this is the guy you want on your team! The actual (not baseless) election fraud engineered by a nationwide cabal of passionate leftists and venal Never Trumpers is the heart of President Trump’s defense. How the hell can van der Veen provide a heartfelt defense of President Trump when he actually agrees with the Democrat impeachment managers.
Hell, I would not be surprised if Rep. Raskin actually quotes van der Veen in his closing argument. Unforced error!
Supposedly, Trump was furious after the first day’s arguments, when Castor praised Raskin as a virtual legal genius! Let’s hope so! And let’s hope Castor, van der Veen and others at the defense table are replaced by qualified counsel by Friday.
The Democrats based their entire argument on the false premise that Trump had invented election fraud, and if the Trump attorneys don’t work to prove the validity of Trump’s concerns, then they are guilty of legal malpractice. Get to work, you bastards!
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