The news is out: [They doodled. They nodded off. They kicked their feet up. They giggled. They tapped their fingers impatiently. They passed notes.
This wasn’t the conduct of high school teenagers, but rather U.S. senators during an impeachment trial intended to hold accountable former president Donald Trump, who was impeached by the House on a charge of inciting his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
On the Democratic side Friday, several senators laughed or shook their heads in disbelief as Trump’s attorneys showed footage of them and other Democrats urging their supporters to “fight” for one cause or another, attempting to draw a comparison between that and Trump’s rhetoric before the Jan. 6 riot.
And on the Republican side, many senators throughout the week have treated the proceedings with barely disguised contempt, viewing the impeachment trial as an unconstitutional attack on a former president who is not culpable in the violence.
During the question-and-answer portion of the trial Friday afternoon, Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) asked the defense whether it wasn’t just a “political show trial.”]
These clowns work for We the people; we will wait for the next election to see what their employers think.