Has anyone in America not made up his mind about whether ex-President Donald Trump is guilty of inciting the mob’s raid on the Capitol last month?
I’m raising my hand because I’m waiting to see the evidence. Will the House prosectors have enough evidence to prove their case? Will Trump’s attorneys be able to prove that the evidence comes up short.
Time-honored presumptions about innocent until proven guilty have evaporated in this political circus. My own view about this rush to judgment: Democrats are aware they’ll lose, but are pushing ahead for political advantage. In this, I agree with John Kass.
But I also see that Trump encouraged the march on the Capitol and that his suggestion that it be peaceful is far outweighed by his various angry appeals to fight. Whether that is only figurative is a matter of interpretation. It’s a close call.
I think that proceeding with the trial is unconstitutional, as do the Trump attorneys. But his attorneys made a hash of their case, leaving the arguments of the House prosecutors grossly unanswered. If Trump’s team doesn’t do better, the ex-president is a goner.
The prosecutor’s video at the opening of Tuesday’s debate was irrelevant to the issue being debated. It was a slick presentation designed to inflame the jury against Trump–but without persuasive evidence that Trump with malice of forethought planned to incite the insurrection. It achieved its purpose as commentators spotlighted the video as evidence of something everyone already had stipulated–the attack on the Capitol was awful and unlawful. The video was effective only in pointing out that the insurgents must be punished.
The debate over the central issue starts now in a little over an hour. I’ll be watching as if I am a juror. So should you. Someone who is opened minded and smart enough to decide for yourself instead of being led by the nose by either side.
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