Impeachment 3.0, AKA Jan 6 Court of Public Opinion
Impeachment 3.0, AKA Jan 6 Court of Public Opinion
I have to say that I feel a little like all of you readers owe me. I sacrificed my mental security on your behalf as I am certain few of you watched the Jan 6 “Court of Public Opinion” AKA Trump’s third impeachment last night. My crystal ball is indicating that, besides myself, there will be a total of 37 viewers that account for the farcical theater I suffered through. I can’t wait to see the numbers on Friday. All I know is that I walked in from work, put a bottle of Pepto on the nightstand and settled in to view the madness. This third impeachment show was offered up on all the mainstream media outlets. Pravda at its finest. It was much like the scene in Alice in Wonderland: Sentence First, Trial Afterwards!
The hardest part of writing this post will be to keep all my thoughts organized. My brain is overwhelmed at the outrage and double standard of this whole theatrical performance. And performance it was. It was nothing short of a Hollywood production, glossy and smooth. All it lacked was the over-the-top music of a bad documentary. I’m sure I’ve missed the many put together since that fateful day. But the goal was set forth, with much bloviation, by House Member, Bennie Thompson, (D-MS).
It is galling to me that Bennie Thompson is leading this redundant impeachment hearing. I know it’s not technically an “impeachment”, but really, what’s the difference? It was Bennie Thompson, back in 2005, that introduced a motion NOT to certify the election of George W. Bush, and to declare John Kerry the true President of the United States. Yeah – that guy! From a Mass Live article on July 6, 2021:
“Still, Thompson has taken sharply partisan stances. He joined with about 30 Democrats in a 2005 vote to invalidate President George W. Bush’s victory — not unlike the dozens of Republicans who voted to invalidate Biden’s in January. In that challenge, the dissenting Democrats claimed irregularities if not fraud in Ohio’s vote.”
Poor Liz. I think she knows she is toast in Wyoming. The GOP there have already disowned her back home and she is just left as a small shell of a woman, hoping you won’t notice she is a shill for the Democrat party. I couldn’t help but notice that she hardly looked up as she spoke into the microphone. Her somber tone and droning voice were second to her head held low, as if she knows she is selling out her soul for this $H!# show:
DISGUSTING LIZ CHANEY THINKS IN HER DELUSIONAL LITTLE BRAIN THAT THE JANUARY SIXTH HOAX HEARINGS WILL HELP HER WIN THE PRIMARY. THAT EVIL WITCH IS GOING TO HAVE A RUDE AWAKENING— Miguel Diaz (@MiguelD05144897) June 8, 2022
I cannot make this stuff up. This is the world in which we live today. My head hurts. But it was Chuck Todd, of Meet the Press who said the quiet part aloud during a commentary piece:
Chuck Todd really, really just said: “In some ways this is the third impeachment hearing.”— Judy Berman (@judyberman) June 10, 2022
Yes Todd. You’re right. This IS the third impeachment. You do realize that the first two didn’t work out for you either, right?? Does anyone actually think that doing the same thing over and over again will achieve a different result? It’s called INSANITY! But what else do they have at this moment? We are five months away from the November slaughter and they are desperate to redirect attention from Joe Biden’s many messes.
Cause, you see, this witch hunt is all about ensuring that Trump cannot run in 2024. That was the point of Impeachment 2.0 as well, but hey, that didn’t work either. But as Intelligencer reminded us back in January of 2021, Section Three of the 14th Amendment reads:
“No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Chuck Todd was quick to assure us that The Jan 6 Committee “brought the receipts” – like they tried to bring receipts in Impeachment 1.0 and 2.0, right?
But Frank Luntz can be counted on to bring his own receipts and they show that his viewers were bored from the start:
It took 9 minutes for the hearing to show something other than a politician delivering a teleprompter speech.— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) June 10, 2022
That’s too long.
I have 10 students watching with me… And they aren’t watching anymore. They’re more interested in talking to each other than watching the screen.
If you are curious to know who Pelosi trotted out for this spectacle, TownHall has a great synopsis:
Witness #1: U.S. Capitol Police Officer
Witness #2: Documentarian
Yep, that’s really it. At least for DAY 1 of this vomit-fest. I mean, they did introduce a bunch of “first seen here” videos. In fact, I really appreciated the trigger warning from Lester Dolt from NBC. Yes, he really did warn me that they would be playing videos from the “insurrection” lest I need to get my therapy dog for comfort.
I have mixed feelings about this woman. I honestly believe she thinks she is serving her nation by sitting on this panel.
Poor girl. I’m sure she is still suffering the trauma of that day. And I will fully concede that all members of the mob who wrought violence and destruction on January 6th (or ANY protest) should pay the consequences of their actions. It is always illegal to harm others, no matter the cause. But as I watched these new, scintillating videos I was reminded of the Seattle and Portland protestors and their attempts to BLIND police officers with laser pointers. The January 6 crowd were rowdy, they did indeed spur fist fights and chaos. But sorry, I am also reminded that the only person killed that day was Ashli Babbit. Say her name.
I have to say, the first thing I notice about this other “witness” is that no-one ever calls him by name. Just Documentarian. Is that because he is irrelevant? That’s what I take away:
Documentarian who followed Proud Boys leader to testify at Jan. 6 hearing https://t.co/vvVOhyKgz6— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 7, 2022
So there’s this guy, aka “Documentarian” that was following around a bunch of the Proud Boys. His keen advantage is that he was in on the ground floor of this “multi-step conspiracy plan” whereupon Donald Trump “spurred a mob” to “an attempted coup” Yes, those are all quotes from ass-hat Bennie Thompson. But it is Nick Quested, who is charged with connecting the dots from a bunch of idiots to Donald Trump. From my vantage point, he failed. Unsurprisingly. I mean, within seconds of his “testimony” he admits that the unification of The Proud Boys and The Oath keepers at Peace Circle is not organized.
In his “testimony” Nick Quested busts his own theory. Within moments of being at the microphone he admits that he cannot hear what is being said between two, unaffiliated groups of the Proud Boys, but argues that there must be some final organization of events to overthrow democracy.
Then, as if that isn’t leading enough, he tells us just how serious this insurrection plan must be as he admits that first they do a photo shoot in front of the Capital and then, and then… wait for it, they GO TO LUNCH!
OMG! Those damn insurrectionists needed to make sure they ate their Wheaties before pulling out their high-powered cell phones to take down Nancy Pelosi!
Jesus, I know it is a right-wing talking point to call attention to the fact that there wasn’t a single firearm brought to the Capital. But hell, if cell phones were weapons, then we couldn’t get them on a plane, right? I mean, I can’t get a 4 oz bottle of moisturizer passed the armed guards at the security checkpoints, so surely those weapons of mass destruction, otherwise known as mobile phones, must be secured, right??
But here’s the thing. Even if the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers really were intent on overthrowing the government as they took selfies of each other breaking down the door, where is the evidence that any of that was coordinated with Donald J. Trump? Where are the text messages and encrypted emails of this hellacious plan?
I mean we have more coordinated documentation of Hunter Biden and Joe Biden from the Laptop From Hell ™ than we do of any spurious plan from The Donald to upend the certification of electoral votes. But this is what we must focus on. The hole democrats are digging for themselves just gets deeper and deeper. As our own Darleen Click is kind enough to point out for us:
Also, last I checked, being delusional isn’t illegal. The main contention from all these bobbleheads seems to be that Donald Trump caused the outcome of events with his heated rhetoric and lies surrounding the election. If delusion were illegal, then Joe Biden and his administration has some serious ‘splainin to do. Not only that, but I am infuriated by the deafening silence from the legacy media about the honest to God attempt to kill Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday. The New York Time has 32 THIRTY-TWO articles on its main web page before it deigns to mention that reality. And if Donald Trump incited such action from The Proud Boys, does Chuck Schumer get called before this court for his inciting rhetoric?
Seems relevant this morning…— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) June 8, 2022
“I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you." – Democrat leader Chuck Schumerpic.twitter.com/57khor0ya5
Here’s what I know dear readers. You saved yourself from a painful and cringeworthy two-hour theatrical production literally put together by Hollywood. I am sure I missed some key elements that should have been pointed out. There was just so much for me to take in. But I hope I covered the highlights. Impeachment 3.0 will make no dent in voters’ choices come November. Those who believe Donald Trump is being raked over the coals for political points will continue to do so. Those that believe he is Satan incarnate will remain convinced.
Anyone without an opinion at this point will not be watching this production. They are too busy deciding on how much money to set aside to fill up their gas tanks in the morning. I will tell you however that I once spent three weeks in a hospital enduring multiple surgeries just to get my gall bladder removed. This was worse than that. I cannot get this time back. I hope you thank me with your insightful commentary.
Featured Image via Flickr, Bennie Thompson – Caricature by DonkeyHotey, cropped and modified