Hollywood makes people more violent
A masterpiece by the Democrats : Almost like a Hollywood movie - so impressive was the indictment
When it is Stacey Plaskett's turn to present her part of the indictment, she begins by describing the path that led her here. In the course of her life, the 54-year-old says, she learned that “preparation and the truth” could get you a long way. She learned that as a young black girl who grew up in a council flat in Brooklyn, New York with parents from the US Virgin Islands, and now as an adult who represents a suburb of the United States and now speaks in the US Senate.
Plaskett, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2015, is perfectly prepared for what is probably the most important appearance of her career to date. The MP, one of nine Democratic prosecutors in the impeachment trial against Donald Trump, presented her arguments on Wednesday calmly, precisely, and sometimes quite sharply.
It will be perhaps the most impressive day in this historic trial, which, although it cannot change its outcome, shows how close American democracy has slipped past an even greater catastrophe. A day that makes it clear why this process will go down as one of the great highlights in parliamentary history, despite or precisely because of its drama.
Plaskett is showing previously unreleased video and tape recordings from January 6th when a violent mob stormed the Capitol. It shows how much worse that day could have turned out, how close the attackers even got to Vice President Mike Pence and Republican senators like Mitt Romney - who were only unharmed thanks to brave Capitol cops.
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They are harrowing recordings; the seriousness with which Plaskett speaks to the senators makes them even more urgent. The then president instigated a mob to storm the Capitol to prevent certification of a presidential election because he no longer had the opportunity to do so without violence, says Plaskett.
Trump put her colleagues in danger, he made them the target of the mob who broke into the Capitol to hunt them down. And then he did nothing for hours. So easy, so bad.
Her appearance in her bright blue dress, in which she compares January 6th with the horror of 9/11, when terrorists tried to attack the Capitol and were only stopped by heroic passengers, thrilled viewers on social networks, the fashion magazine " Vogue ”even recognized her shortly afterwards as the“ shooting star ”of the process.
The MP is also making history because it is the first time that a Congress delegate is speaking with her in an impeachment process who has no voting rights. The residents of the US Virgin Islands, which it represents, serve in the army but are not allowed to vote on who becomes president.
Even Republicans admit they are impressed by the other side's performance
In addition to Plaskett, her former law professor at the American University in Washington, MP Jamie Raskin, chief prosecutor in the second impeachment trial against Trump, is also impressive. His lecture - emotionally, personally, precisely - underpins how well the prosecution has prepared for this trial, knowing full well that in the end it will probably not be enough to convict Trump and ensure that he will never return to political office can run.
Even Republicans admit they are impressed with the other side's performance. Even if most argue that they still do not condemn Trump - the fear of being punished for it by their own voters is too great.
But even if Trump was acquitted in the end: The Democrats have managed to hold on to Trump's responsibility for the January 6th signal for all time and before the eyes of the world.
This taint will stick to him even if political conditions prevent him from being held accountable. The prosecutors repeatedly link the riots at the Capitol to the statements of the Republican - not only with those on the day of the uprising, but also with the countless appearances in the past four years in which he incited against dissidents and called for violence.
Trump's lawyers tried in vain on Friday to acquit him and put his statements into perspective, since Democrats were also constantly calling for some kind of "fight". They underline this with a video montage that has been wildly cut together based on the Fox News model. It's a weak defense, but one that suits Trump's taste.
The prosecution, on the other hand, with its thoroughly choreographed evidence, manages to pack four years of Trump into one story: one of hatred and contempt for democracy. The bottom line is that nothing that happened on January 6th happened by chance. Trump had worked towards it, was responsible for the deaths of five people and the trauma of hundreds more.
The multimedia and therefore particularly emotional documentation of his guilt, put together by the prosecutor's team in a very short time, seems so professional that one might think that Hollywood had its fingers in the game. It is the work of elected parliamentarians who, who themselves became victims on January 6th, do not want to go back to the agenda. Yes, Trump has been voted out of office, the proceedings against hundreds of attackers are ongoing, but without a reappraisal, they are convinced, there is a risk of a repetition of the violent riots.
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