The third day of President Donald Trump’s Senate trial inspired even more boredom, disinterest and hardball “resistance” than was seen on Wednesday — and this despite Democrat impeachment manager Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, starting off the day by seemingly threatening disinterested senators with prison time.
“I also want again take this opportunity to thank the senators for their long and considerable attention over the course of the last two days,” Schiff said as the third day of the trial began early Thursday morning.
“Of course it doesn’t hurt that the morning starts out every day with a sergeant-at-arms warning you that if you don’t, you will be in prison. It is our hope that when the trial concludes and you’ve heard us and the president’s counsel over a series of long days, that you don’t choose imprisonment instead of anything further.”
While allegedly meant in a lighthearted fashion, the joke rubbed some the wrong way:
Adam Schiff kicks off Day 3 of the Senate impeachment trial threatening Senators with imprisonment. Not sure what he’s worse at: reading his audience or telling jokes. Either way he is not helping his cause. pic.twitter.com/vLEixsoVTt
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 23, 2020
For the most part, though, the “joke” was completely ignored — literally.
“[A]t least 16 senators weren’t even there at the start of his remarks,” the Daily Mail notes. “Just minutes later, fellow Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler made a key constitutional point by playing a video clip from Sen. Lindsey Graham from the impeachment of Bill Clinton — but Graham was not even in the chamber to hear it.”
Those who were around to hear Schiff’s so-called “joke” may have been playing with a fidget spinner. Yes, a fidget spinner. According to NBC News, Sen. Richard Burr handed out fidget spinners before the third day of the trial began.
“Burr played with a blue one while listening to arguments by Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., one of the impeachment managers,” the outlet reported.
“Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was spotted with a purple one on his desk, and later Thursday he was seen playing through the entirety of arguments against Trump from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., frequently making gestures and playfully chuckling with Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., had a white one on his desk, although he wasn’t seen playing with it.”
Courtroom artist Bill Hennessy sketched an image of Burr playing with his, spurring anger from uptight leftists incapable of understanding why Republicans find it boring to hear Democrats endlessly repeat their flawed talking points about the president:
— Dempsey O’Dwyer (@DempseyODwyer) January 24, 2020
According to NBC News, Sen. Rand Paul was likewise seen “drawing or tracing a sketch of the U.S. Capitol.” During the second day of the president’s trial, he’d been seen completing a concealed crossword puzzle and even acting like he was being held hostage.
Meanwhile, Sen. Marsha Blackburn was seen reading a book, spurring outrage from pretend conservative Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post.
“@MarshaBlackburn might improve her understanding of the facts and law if she paid attention. This is shameful,” she angrily tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Blackburn clapped back shortly thereafter by reminding the habitually fake-news-trumpeting columnist that there’s such a thing known as “multi-tasking.”
She also identified the book she was reading as “Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America” by Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal.
First – I’m reading Resistance (At All Costs) by Kim Strassel. Read the chapter on obstruction. It provides good insights into today’s proceedings.
Second – busy mamas are the best at multi-tasking. Try it. https://t.co/AEHW19ZztL
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 23, 2020
The book details, among other things, how the Democrats’ convoluted, long-winded impeachment efforts are allegedly based not on anything substantive but rather solely on their seething hatred for the president.
Learn more about it below:
That Blackburn chose to read THIS book while Schiff and other Democrat impeachment managers were speaking seems to demonstrate that the Republicans intend to play hardball by not even humoring the Democrats’ flimsy arguments against the president.
In fact, Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez practically confirmed this while speaking on CNN later that evening.
“We do have a series of our colleagues, particularly on the other side of the aisle who seem to get up quite a bit and often leave the chamber for extended periods of time,” he reportedly complained.
“Listen, it’s not a great comfort to sit there for endless hours, but at the end of the day I want to hear all of the testimony, and I can’t do that if I’m not in the chamber. … There are a fair number of people on the other side who seem to get up and I guess they’ve had enough, and they just don’t want to listen to the rest of the testimony.”
They likely feel this way because the so-called “testimony” has amounted to nothing but the Democrat impeachment managers endlessly repeating debunked talking points and conspiracy theories (including the Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory) a thousand times plus:
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) January 23, 2020
Schiff lies, and lies, and lies, and lies, and lies.
Yet “None of this seems to have dented the deference Schiff continues to receive from establishment media outlets.”
Some media folks so badly want Schiff’s wild conspiracy theories to be true. https://t.co/gZqcCEDP8I
— Andrew Clark ❄️ (@AndrewHClark) January 23, 2020
Spare us! Adam Schiff who perpetrated Russian Collusion Delusion is rehashing his failed fraud on Senate Floor. Somebody tell him we’ve moved on to investigating Obama Admin officials who supplied him with bad info, for election meddling and coup conspiracy. More info on the way.
— Scott DesJarlais (@DesJarlaisTN04) January 23, 2020
After 3 years of lying to the public about a fake Trump-Russia conspiracy predictably ended in disaster, nobody in the country was more due for a demotion than Adam Schiff. Instead Democrats kicked him upstairs to head an even more serious endeavor: an impeachment trial.
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) January 23, 2020
Apparently, the GOP senators can only tolerate so much bullschiff.
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