Republicans are afraid that Trump’s second impeachment trial is going to be ’embarassing’

Talking about the actual events of Jan. 6, and Donald Trump’s actions that led to men in paramilitary garb searching through the House chamber for hostages could be deeply embarrassing to Republicans. As eternal Trump advisor Steve Bannon notes, “The Democrats have a very emotional and compelling case. They’re going to try to convict him in the eyes of the American people and smear him forever.”

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Daily Kos: Capitol Siege the culmination of the GOP’s long embrace of authoritarianism

This radical authoritarianism was evident not just in the intent of the Capitol siege—an insurrectionist attempt to force Congress to overturn the known results of the November presidential election—but in the faces and voices of the men and women who comprised Wednesday’s mob.

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NYT: How Trump’s Allies Are Still Defending Him: Denial, Deflection, Disinformation

Even as scores of President Trump’s usually unfailing loyalists condemned him for moving too slowly to call off the swarm of demonstrators that stormed and ransacked the Capitol, many of his most vocal and visible allies in Congress, the media and conservative politics still could not bring themselves to fault him for the surreal and frightening attack carried out by people he had just urged to “fight like hell.”

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The Trump Georgia Tape: Naked Corruption for All to Hear

Trump was recorded in a one hour phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump begged and cajoled him to “find” 12,000 “missing” votes for Trump. To hear it in its entirety, go to https://youtu.be/NU5a3Kr1Dhw. This is a smoking gun with fingerprints. Never has corruption been so obvious on its face.

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WAPO Opinion | The Trump administration is holding back over half of its vaccine doses. Distribute them now.

We are at the peak of the pandemic. On Dec. 17, 3,406 people died of covid-19 — the highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began. Holding back 55 percent of your available vaccine during the pandemic’s peak is like holding back 55 percent of your available ammunition on D-Day, because the troops will need those bullets a month from now when the Nazis are on the run.

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Washington Post: It’s over. When the electoral college announces Biden’s win, Republicans must move on.

Washington Post Opinion: Once the electoral college has elected Biden president, the undeniable truth is that Biden is “president-elect.” The nation should move on in recognition of this basic fact.

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WAPO: Republican officials have followed Trump along his dangerous and destructive path

Many Republicans have been silent as Trump has pursued his baseless claims. When a team of Washington Post reporters contacted all Republicans in Congress, just 27 said Biden had won. Two others actually said Trump was the winner, while 219 either gave no answer or were not definitive.

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