I watched the proceedings — and took notes on what mattered most. My takeaways are below.
1. Trump is his own worst enemy: Yes, the House impeachment managers did a good job of making their case. But in truth, Trump himself did a lot of the work for them. His tweets. His speeches. His media interviews. There was just so much of it. And time after time, Trump left nothing to the imagination. He said the election was rigged. He told his supporters that they were going to have to fight like hell to keep hold of democracy. He refused to agree to the peaceful handover of power if he lost. Over and over again. And the House managers just poured Trump’s own words and tweets into the lap of every single senator sitting in the chamber. All of that evidence directly from Trump’s mouth — and keyboard-typing fingers — makes it hard for any Republican to suggest that this is purely a partisan political proceeding without any “there” there. This wasn’t the House impeachment managers putting words in Trump’s mouth. This was just him — talking and tweeting and talking some more.