[Ed. – But, alas, Schiff’s oratorical and prosecutorial brillance will be for naught because the GOP has enough votes to quash this effort. Which reduces this essay to an exercise in Trump bashing and the author to an exasperated errand boy.]
From time to time in the Trump era, Republican members of Congress have found themselves stricken with blindness, deafness, illiteracy, or some combination thereof. Their affliction tends to manifest whenever President Donald Trump and his allies do something troubling. They claimed that they didn’t watch coverage of a rally where his supporters chanted “Send her back!” about an immigrant member of Congress and asserted that they had never even heard of Roy Moore during his scandal-ridden Senate campaign in 2018. The symptoms are most severe whenever those members run into reporters in the hallways of Capitol Hill. Suddenly, GOP lawmakers profess that they have not seen a TV, or checked the internet, or participated in the Industrial Revolution.
The Senate’s impeachment trial is a useful antidote.